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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today accepted the resignation of Ole Einar Bjørndalen as IOC Member after his decision to continue his biathlon career.

Mr Bjørndalen had always kept IOC President Thomas Bach informed of his decision making. The IOC President previously released the 13-time Olympic medallist from his duties with the IOC until the end of the Biathlon World Championships in Oslo this month.

“We agree with this move by Ole Einar,” said President Bach. “It was the correct decision since his sporting commitments did not allow him to carry out his function as IOC Member in the way he wanted to. We will stay in contact and we wish him all the best in his athletic career.”

A decision on Mr Bjørndalen’s replacement in the IOC Athletes’ Commission will be taken in due course.

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http://www.olympic.org/news/ioc-statement-on-ole-einar-bjorndalen/248967

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IOC Nominates 8 New Board Members

A South Africa film producer, Colombia's former ambassador to the U.S. and the female founder of an Indian charitable foundation are in line to join the International Olympic Committee.

The IOC executive board nominated four male and four female members on Friday. Formal ratification will come at the full IOC session in Rio de Janeiro in August on the eve of the games.

The nominees include:

— South Africa's Anant Singh, who produced the 2013 film "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" about former South African President Nelson Mandela.

— Luis Moreno, president of the Inter-American Development Bank who served as Colombia's ambassador to the U.S. from 1998 to 2005.

— Nita Ambani, founder and chair of the India-based Reliance Foundation.

The others are Sari Essayah of Finland, a former Olympic race walker who chairs the Finnish Christian Democratic Party; Ivo Ferriani of Italy, president of International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation; Auvita Rapilla, secretary general of the Papua New Guinea Olympic Committee; Tricia Smith, president of the Canadian Olympic Committee; and Austrian Olympic Committee chief Karl Stoss.

The addition of eight new members would bring the total number of IOC members to 99.

Notable were two names not on the list: IAAF President Sebastian Coe and FIFA President Gianni Infantino.

Coe was elected last August, and Infantino in February. While they head two of the world's biggest sports, their federations have been hit by corruption scandals, and Olympic officials said it was too early to bring them onto the IOC.

http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/wireStory/latest-ioc-selects-refugee-team-rio-games-39582967

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/\/\ Interesting. 3 non-sports world people; and no Coe or Infantino yet. But they need to get the voting membership to at least 102 or 103 by the selection in Lima by Spet 2017.

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/\/\ Interesting. 3 non-sports world people; and no Coe or Infantino yet. But they need to get the voting membership to at least 102 or 103 by the selection in Lima by Spet 2017.

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.. Olympic officials said it was too early to bring them onto the IOC.

Not, "No way in hell are we letting those corrupt assholes become IOC members." Not, "We are trying to clean things up." Just that it's "too early".

I.E. we'll make them members when fewer people are paying attention.

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Because. It looks more impressive and convincing if you can say that the attending & voting membership is over 100 -- after all, the IOC charter allows up to 115 active members. So why not fill it or get as close to a full house if there are qualified people?

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Cinquanta no longer member of IOC after relinquishing ISU Presidency

Italy's Ottavio Cinquanta is no longer a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) after being replaced as President of the International Skating Union (ISU).

The 77-year-old stood down after 22 years at the helm of the world governing body last week following the election of Dutchman Jan Dijkema.

He has served as an IOC member since 1996.

His name still remains on the official list of the IOC members published on the bodies website, but a spokesperson has confirmed to insidethegames that he has relinquished his position as an automatic response to standing-down as President.

This means he will not appear as an IOC member during August's IOC Session in Rio de Janeiro, although it is possible he could still be considered for an IOC honorary member position.

It means that, at present, there are just 90 IOC members after Norwegian biathlete Ole Einar Bjørndalen relinquished his place on the IOC Athletes' Commission this year, although eight new individuals have been proposed for inclusion in Rio.

These eight include fellow Italian Ivo Ferriani, the 56-year-old Italian who is President of the International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation, meaning there will still be three Italian IOC members and three Presidents of winter federations.

Ferriani will join fellow Italians Franco Carraro and Mario Pescante as well as Swiss duo René Fasel and Gian-Franco Kasper, respective Presidents of the International Ice Hockey Federation and International Ski Federation.

Dijkema, however, will not become a member as he is already 71, so over the age limit.

He plans, "in principle", to just serve two years, meaning his replacement could be re-elected as a skating representative.

In the meantime, China's former short track Olympic champion and IOC Athletes' Commission member Yang Yang is likely to represent ISU interests after being elected onto the body's Council last week.

http://www.insidethegames.biz/articles/1038462/cinquanta-no-longer-member-of-ioc-after-relinquishing-isu-presidency

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Moon Dae-sung suspended as IOC member over plagiarism

 

South Korea's Moon Dae-sung has been suspended as a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) over alleged plagiarism of his doctoral thesis.

The decision, which also means he has been suspended as a member of the IOC Athletes' Commission, was recommended by the IOC Ethics Commission after Moon’s degree was withdrawn by Seoul's Kookmin University due to serious plagiarism.

He has previously appealed the university's decision to the Seoul Northern District Court and the High Court, but both judged that there is no doubt on his severe illegality.

Moon, whose eight-year term as an IOC member is due to end with the Closing Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, is currently awaiting a final verdict from the Supreme Court.

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http://www.insidethegames.biz/articles/1040038/moon-dae-sung-suspended-as-ioc-member-over-plagiarism


 

 

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Angela Ruggiero to head IOC Athletes’ Commission

 

 

American ice hockey Olympic champion Angela Ruggiero was elected as the new Chair of the International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s Athletes’ Commission, replacing outgoing Chair Claudia Bokel. IOC President Thomas Bach officially appointed Angela Ruggiero during today’s joint meeting between the IOC Athletes’ Commission and the IOC Executive Board, following a vote by the members of the Commission.

Angela Ruggiero is the current Vice-Chair of the Commission, which acts as the voice of the athletes within the IOC and the Olympic Movement, and is a former ice hockey player who has played more games for Team USA than any other man or woman.

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https://www.olympic.org/news/angela-ruggiero-to-head-ioc-athletes-commission


 

 

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Rio Olympians elect four new members to IOC Athletes’ Commission

Britta Heidemann from Germany (fencing), Seug-min Ryu from Korea (table tennis), Daniel Gyurta from Hungary (swimming) and Yelena Isinbayeva from the Russian Federation (athletics) have been elected to the International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s Athletes’ Commission by their peers at the Olympic Games Rio 2016 for a term of eight years.

 

IOC President Thomas Bach said: “The athletes are at the heart of the Olympic Games. Their voice is very important in the IOC. My congratulations go to the newly elected members of the IOC Athletes’ Commission. We are looking forward to working closely with them to further advance the Olympic Movement.”

The announcement was made today at the Olympic Village by IOC Member and Chair of the Election Committee Nicole Hoevertsz and incoming Chair of the IOC Athletes’ Commission Angela Ruggiero. The election was held over the past 25 days in the Olympic Village located in Rio de Janeiro.

Heidemann was elected with 1,603 votes, followed by Ryu with 1,544, Gyurta with 1,469 votes and Isinbayeva with 1,365. A total of 5,185 athletes voted.

For the full list of results, click here.

The four new members will replace outgoing members Claudia Bokel, Dae Sung Moon, Alexander Popov and Yumilka Ruiz Luaces, who were elected to the Athletes’ Commission at the Beijing Games in 2008 for a term of eight years each.

Claudia Bokel, who will be handing over the title of Chair of the Commission to Angela Ruggiero at the end of the Games, said after the announcement: “Congratulations to the four newly-elected members to the IOC Athletes’ Commission, which is the voice of all the athletes within the Olympic Movement. I wish them all the best in their contribution to the Commission under the leadership of incoming Chair Angela Ruggiero.” 

On 21 August, Heidemann, Ryu, Gyurta and Isinbayeva will be proposed to the IOC Session for IOC membership. Pending approval, they will then be officially introduced at the Closing Ceremony of the Olympic Games Rio 2016 on 21 August.

Some 11,245 athletes were eligible to vote, and had 23 candidates from the same number of countries to choose from. Votes needed to be cast for four different athletes from four different sports. The candidates had to be presented by their National Olympic Committees, which were required to have their own athletes’ commission to select the candidate. In order to be eligible, the candidates had to have participated either in the Olympic Games in London in 2012 or in Rio in 2016. 

 

Biographies of all the candidates can be found here.

Angela Ruggiero, current Vice Chair of the IOC Athlete’s Commission, was elected as the new Chair on 1 August and will replace outgoing Chair Claudia Bokel. After four years at the helm of the Commission, Bokel will see her term of office come to an end at the conclusion of the Olympic Games Rio 2016. Ruggiero will then take Bokel’s seat on the IOC Executive Board.

 

https://www.olympic.org/news/rio-olympians-elect-four-new-members-to-ioc-athletes-commission

 

 

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I remember when I used to post Yelena's pic up on previous editions of "Hot Bods".

Hey Rob - how do you do that highlight a name thing (so I get a "someone mentioned you in a post" alert)? Or does it happen automatically when you type in someone's handle? Guess nobody's talked about me till you did then :unsure:

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Same as on Facebook and Twitter. Type @ and then start typing the name and a box comes up showing the names.

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Russian Olympic head Zhukov to step down

 

MOSCOW (AP) — Alexander Zhukov, the head of the Russian Olympic Committee, says he is ready to step down.

Zhukov was quoted by Russian news agencies as saying Tuesday that he wants to devote attention to his position as a deputy speaker of the State Duma, the lower house of the Russian parliament. He will remain as a member of the International Olympic Committee, he said, according to state news agency Tass.

Zhukov's six-year tenure as head of the Russian committee has spanned the turbulent scandal over widespread doping that caused Russian track and field athletes to be banned from this year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Two-time Olympic pole-vault gold medalist Yelena Isinbayeva has been reported as saying she wants to head the Russian committee.
 
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IOC Executive Board to propose nine new Members to Session in Lima

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The Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will propose nine new Members for election at the IOC Session in Lima.

Five of these nine new proposed Members are Individual Members. Amongst these five are three women and two men. In line with Olympic Agenda 2020, the IOC’s strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement, the IOC Members Election Commission, chaired by HRH The Princess Royal, proposed them to the EB following a targeted recruitment process that is guided by a specific set of criteria.

Four new proposed Members, in accordance with the Olympic Charter, are representatives of the constituents of the Olympic Movement: the National Olympic Committees (NOC) and the International Federations (IF). These four have been chosen in close consultation with the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) and the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC).

These nine candidates offer various skillsets and come from backgrounds as diverse as sports, management, volunteering, engineering, business administration, commerce and tourism, the media and NGOs. All of them can bring skills and experience needed by the IOC, and aim to further strengthen the ranks of the Olympic Movement in the years to come.

All proposed members have been vetted by the IOC Ethics Commission, which has conducted integrity checks.

The nine candidates (full CVs attached) are:

Five proposed Individual Members:

Baklai TEMENGIL
(Female, Palau, ONOC Vice-President, Individual Member, 23.10.1966)

Jiri KEJVAL
(Male, Czech Republic, President of the Czech Olympic Committee, Individual Member, 30.11.1967)

Kristin KLOSTER AASEN
(Female, Norway, Vice-President of the Norwegian Olympic Committee, Individual Member, 04.01.1961)

Khunying Patama LEESWADTRAKUL
(Female, Thailand, President of the Badminton Association of Thailand, Individual Member, 16.02.1965)

Luis MEJIA OVIEDO
(Male, Dominican Republic, President of the Dominican Republic Olympic Committee, Individual Member, 04.09.1953)

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Two proposed Members representing an NOC or a continental association of NOCs:

Neven Ivan ILIC ALVAREZ
(Male, Chile, PASO President, Member representing an NOC or a continental association of NOCs, 04.04.1962)

Khalid Muhammad AL ZUBAIR
(Male, Oman, President of the Oman Olympic Committee, Member representing an NOC or a continental association of NOCs, 23.11.1970)

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Two proposed Members representing an IF:

Jean-Christophe ROLLAND
(Male, France, Olympic rowing champion, President of World Rowing, Member representing an IF, 03.07.1968)

Ingmar DE VOS
(Male, Belgium, President of the International Federation for Equestrian Sports, member representing an IF, 05.08.1963)

“These nine candidates will add to the huge range of knowledge and experience within the IOC membership. In line with Olympic Agenda 2020, the IOC has taken another step towards a more diverse membership, which will continue to drive reform and reflect the world in which we live,” IOC President Thomas Bach said.

In addition, the IOC EB was informed that the family of Mr Kun-Hee Lee has asked the IOC not to consider Mr Lee for re-election as an IOC Member.

Mr Lee has been entirely dedicated to the Olympic Movement. He was first elected as an IOC Member in 1996 at the 105th IOC Session in Atlanta. He served on two IOC Commissions: Cultural (1997), and Finance (1998-1999). In 1991, he received the Olympic Order. As well as being the Honorary President of the Korean Olympic Committee, he helped to bring the Olympic Winter Games to PyeongChang.

Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time during his continued illness.

The addition of nine new Members and the withdrawal of Mr Kun-Hee Lee would bring the total number of Members to 103.

The IOC Session is scheduled to take place from 13 to 16 September 2017.

 

https://www.olympic.org/news/ioc-executive-board-to-propose-nine-new-members-to-session-in-lima


 

 

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IOC elects eight new Members

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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has today elected eight new Members as well as a new Vice-President and three new Members of its Executive Board during the IOC Session.

Ms Anita L. DeFrantz (USA), who joined the IOC in 1985, was elected as an IOC Vice-President. She already occupied this position from 1997 to 2001.

Dr Robin E. Mitchell, IOC member in Fiji, Mrs Nicole Hoevertsz, IOC member in Aruba, and Mr Denis Oswald, IOC member in Switzerland, were chosen by the Session to join the IOC Executive Board. They will serve a four-year term.

Earlier in the day, the IOC Session elected eight new Members, who were proposed by the Executive Board in August.

Four members, three of them women, were elected in the category of Individual Members: Baklai Temengil (PLW); Kristin Kloster Aasen (NOR); Khunying Patama Leeswadtrakul (THA); and Luis Mejia Oviedo (DOM).

President of the Pan-American Sports Organisation (PASO) Neven Ivan Ilic Alvarez (CHI) and President of the Oman Olympic Committee Khalid Muhammad Al Zubair were elected as representatives of a National Olympic Committee (NOC) or continental association of NOCs.

President of World Rowing Jean-Christophe Rolland (FRA) and President of the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) Ingmar de Vos (BEL) were elected as Members representing an International Federation.

Sixteen Members were subject to re-election after eight years of membership, and were re-elected en bloc: Franco Carraro (ITA); John Coates (AUS); Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark (DEN); Iván Dibós (PER); Habu Gumel (NIG); Ser Miang Ng (SGP); Lydia Nsekera (BDI) Richard Peterkin (LCA); Richard W. Pound (CAN); Princess Nora of Liechtenstein (LIE); Craig Reedie (GBR); Juan Antonio Samaranch (ESP); Pál Schmitt (HUN); Austin L. Sealy (BAR); Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah (KUW); and Shamil Tarpischev (RUS).

In addition to being re-elected, Mr Coates got his status changed from member representing an NOC to Individual Member.

In light of the upcoming Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and Mr Tsunekazu Takeda’s important role in their preparations, the IOC Session agreed to extend the age limit for Mr Takeda, the President of the NOC of Japan, until the end of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

Long-standing IOC Members Gerhard Heiberg (NOR) and Kun-Hee Lee (KOR) were elected as IOC Honorary Members after both resigned from their positions as Members.

As the former Chair of the IOC Ethics Commission, Youssoupha Ndiaye (SEN) was granted the status of IOC Honour Member.

 

https://www.olympic.org/news/ioc-elects-eight-new-members

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Kejval forced to postpone election as IOC member after financial allegations made in Czech Republic

 

The election of eight new members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) was confirmed here today but the Czech Republic's Jiří Kejval must wait for his place to be confirmed following allegations of financial impropriety against him in his home country.

The 49-year-old former rower, now President of the Czech Olympic Committee, had been recommended for membership of the IOC last month. 

He arrived in the Peruvian capital, where his position on the IOC was due to be confirmed, but returned home yesterday.

An anonymous letter was apparently sent to IOC President Thomas Bach claimed Kejval should not become a member because of allegations of financial impropriety levelled against him.

It allegedly refers to redistribution of money from the Ministry of Youth and Sports to Czech sport, according to reports in the country.

He denies the allegations.

Kejval claimed his election will be up for discussion again at the next IOC Session in Pyeongchang on the eve of the Winter Olympic Games next year. 

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https://insidethegames.biz/index.php/articles/1055453/kejval-forced-to-postpone-election-as-ioc-member-after-financial-allegations-made-in-czech-republic


 

 

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Czech NOC President Jiří Kejval elected as new IOC Member

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has elected Jiří Kejval as a new Member, while Nenad Lalovic was elected to the Executive Board (EB) and Zaiqing Yu was re-elected as EB Vice-President during the IOC Session today.

 

President of the Czech National Olympic Committee (NOC) since 2012 and a member of the IOC’s Marketing Commission, Jiří Kejval was elected as an Independent Individual for an eight-year term of office.

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https://www.olympic.org/news/czech-noc-president-jiri-kejval-elected-as-new-ioc-member

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PyeongChang Olympians elect two new members to IOC Athletes’ Commission

 

 

Emma Terho from Finland (ice hockey) and Kikkan Randall from USA (cross-country skiing) have been elected to the International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s Athletes’ Commission by their fellow Olympians at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.

With a record participation rate of 83.86 per cent, athletes at the Olympic Winter Games made their way to the voting booths in the Athlete365 Space in both the PyeongChang and Gangneung Olympic Villages to cast their votes. Terho was elected with 1,045 votes, followed by Randall with 831 votes.

For the full list of results, click here. 

The announcement was made today at the Olympic Village by IOC Executive Board Member and Chair of the Election Committee Nicole Hoevertsz, Swedish IOC Athletes’ Commission member Stefan Holm and IOC Sports Director Kit McConnell. 

Terho represented Finland at five Olympic Winter Games, winning bronze at Nagano 1998 and Vancouver 2010. Randall, meanwhile, is currently competing in her fifth Winter Games in PyeongChang. Earlier this week, she won the USA's first-ever Olympic gold medal in cross-country skiing, after topping the podium in the team sprint event alongside Jessica Diggins.

Following approval by the IOC Session, to take place on the last day of the Games, Terho and Randall will become Commission and IOC Members for an eight-year term, representing their fellow Olympians on the IOC Athletes’ Commission, which serves as a link between the athletes and the IOC.

They will replace current IOC Athletes’ Commission Chair Angela Ruggiero and Adam Pengilly, whose terms are finishing following their election at the Olympic Winter Games Vancouver 2010.

All 2,930 athletes competing in PyeongChang were eligible to vote and had six candidates to choose from representing three continents and five different sports. They were asked to cast votes for two different athletes from two different sports. 

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https://www.olympic.org/news/pyeongchang-olympians-elect-two-new-members-to-ioc-athletes-commission


 

 

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IOC Executive Board to propose nine new Members for election by IOC Session in Buenos Aires

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The Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will propose nine new Members for election at the IOC Session ahead of the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires in October.

Five of these nine proposed new Members are Individual Members. Amongst these five are three women and two men. In line with Olympic Agenda 2020, the IOC's strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement, the IOC Members Election Commission, chaired by HRH The Princess Royal, proposed these five to the EB following a targeted recruitment process guided by a specific set of criteria.

Four of the nine new proposed Members, in accordance with the Olympic Charter, are representatives of the constituents of the Olympic Movement: the National Olympic Committees (NOCs), the International Federations (IFs) and organisations recognised by the IOC. These four have been chosen in close consultation with the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) and the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF).

These nine candidates offer various skillsets and come from backgrounds as diverse as sport, communications, business administration, international relations, women's advocacy, finance, social welfare, economics and NGOs. All of them can bring skills and experience needed by the IOC, and aim to further strengthen the ranks of the Olympic Movement in the years to come.

All proposed members have been vetted by the IOC Ethics Commission, which has conducted integrity checks.

The nine candidates (full CVs here) are:

Five proposed Individual Members:

Daina GUDZINEVICIUTE
(Female, Lithuania, President of the Lithuanian Olympic Committee, 23.12.1965)

Felicite RWEMARIKA
(Female, Rwanda, 1st Vice-President of the Rwandan Olympic Committee, 09.03.1958)

Camilo PÉREZ LÓPEZ MOREIRA
(Male, Paraguay, President of the Paraguayan Olympic Committee, 31.03.1969)

Giovanni MALAGO
(Male, Italy, President of the Italian Olympic Committee, 13.03.1959)

Samira ASGHARI
(Female, Afghanistan, 31.03.1994)

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Two proposed Members whose candidatures are linked to a function within an NOC or world or continental association of NOCs:

William Frederick BLICK
(Male, Uganda, President of the Ugandan Olympic Committee, 17.10.1974)

HRH Prince Jigyel Ugyen WANGCHUCK
(Male, Bhutan, President of the Bhutanese Olympic Committee, 16.07.1984)

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Two proposed Members whose candidatures are linked to a function within an IF or association of IFs, or an organisation recognised by the IOC:

Morinari WATANABE
(Male, Japan, President of the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG), 21.02.1959)

Andrew PARSONS
(Male, Brazil, President of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), 10.02.1977)

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IOC President Thomas Bach said: "In line with the recommendations of Olympic Agenda 2020, the IOC is constantly aiming at a more diverse and inclusive membership. The Olympic Movement would benefit significantly from the expertise of these nine candidates that we are proposing to the next IOC Session. Their extensive knowledge of the sports movement will add extra strength and experience to the universal college of IOC members."

The addition of nine new Members would bring the total number of IOC Members to 106.

The 133rd IOC Session is scheduled to take place from 8 to 9 October 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

https://www.olympic.org/news/ioc-executive-board-to-propose-nine-new-members-for-election-by-ioc-session-in-buenos-aires

 

 

 

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