- 23 March 1996 (Creation)
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Gold necklace award housed inside large blue box. Interior of box is lined with blue satin (top) and blue velvet (bottom).
Necklace is made of 4 thin gold strips (that are currently disconnected) with a gold clasp. Large triangular shaped pendant is attached to the gold strips. Pendant is engraved with "IAAF" and includes an emblem of a winged woman holding a werath above her head and standing on Earth.
Pin in blue box with logo
Certificate: International Amateur Athletic Federation
IAAF has hereby chosen to confer its Golder Order of Merit upon Nelson Mandela, President of the Republic of South Africa
in recognition of his outstanding contribution to and support of the development and promotion of track and field athletics throughout the world.
Signed by IAAF presiden, Cape Town 23 March 1996