Sport The Nobel Peace Prize winner forced to downsize because of the Covid-19

12:25  22 september  2020
12:25  22 september  2020 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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Oslo: The Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo in December will be scaled back this year because of the novel coronavirus pandemic, the head The prize , which will be announced for 2020 as scheduled on October 9, is traditionally presented to the laureate on December 10, the anniversary of the 1896

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The presentation of the prestigious award will be strongly affected by the health crisis. Unlike in previous years, the Novel Peace Prize ceremony will not be held in the great hall of Oslo City Hall

No banquet, move to a smaller location… The Nobel Prize award ceremony of Peace will downsize this year because of the pandemic of Covid-19 , announced the director of the Nobel Institute on Tuesday, September 22.

The prize, which will be awarded on October 9, is traditionally awarded to the winner on December 10, the anniversary of the death of its creator, the Swedish scientist and industrialist Alfred Nobel (1833-1896), inventor of dynamite.

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But unlike in past years, the ceremony will not be held in the great hall of Oslo City Hall, which can accommodate a thousand guests, but in that of a building -Aula- of the university from Oslo, which can accommodate a hundred guests. And the banquet in honor of the laureate, traditionally held the same evening, has been canceled.

Digital ceremony?

In July in Stockholm, the Nobel Foundation had already announced the cancellation, for the first time since 1956, of the Nobel gala dinner in Sweden , where the other prizes (medicine, physics, chemistry, literature and economics) are awarded . Only the peace award is awarded in Oslo.

"We want to coordinate with Stockholm and underline that it is an exceptional year: it is therefore good to move the presentation (of the prize, editor's note) to another place" , explained the director of the Nobel Institute, Olav Njølstad, on Norwegian public broadcaster NRK.

"Secondly, we couldn't have had more than 200 people in City Hall in a room that can actually seat 1,000, so it could have been pretty sparse" , he added.

It is far from certain that the Nobel Peace Laureate (s) will come to Oslo to receive the prestigious award this year and the Nobel Institute is considering a digital ceremony with an invitation, in person, postponed to the next year, Njølstad told NRK.

The Nobel consists of a gold medal, a diploma and the sum of 9 million Swedish kronor (approx. € 865,000).

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