Four athletes out of 21 candidates will be elected to the IOC Athletes’ Commission at the Olympic Games in London to represent the athletes within the Olympic Movement for an eight-year term of office.
Athletes have always been at the heart of the Olympic Movement and in 1981 the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Athletes’ Commission was formed. Led by its Chairman, who sits on the IOC Executive Board, the Commission represents the athletes within the Olympic Movement and upholds their rights and obligations.
How the voting works
From 16 July until 8 August, all athletes participating in London 2012 are eligible to vote for four of the 21 candidates running for election to the Athletes’ Commission, with current members Hicham El Guerrouj, Rania Elwani, Frank Fredericks (current Chairman) and Jan Zelezny all finishing their terms. Each voter will be asked to select four candidates from four different sports to ensure a varied representation from the Olympic sports programme .The results will be announced on 9 August at 2 p.m. at the Village Media Centre in the London Olympic Village. After approval by the IOC Session on 12 August, the four elected athletes will become IOC members for an eight-year term of office.
Where to vote
Voting offices will be set up in the Olympic Village, the Olympic Sailing Village and the Olympic Rowing and Canoe Sprint Village as well as in the cities hosting the football competitions.
The 2012 candidates
The candidates have each pledged to commit to the role of representing all athletes of the Olympic Movement. Only National Olympic Committees (NOCs) with an athletes’ commission were eligible to put forward a candidate for the 2012 election. The candidates themselves must have taken part in the Beijing 2008 Games or be taking part in the London 2012 Games.
Click here to read the full election manual and to learn more about the 21 candidates.
About the IOC Athletes’ Commission
The Commission, which meets one to two times per year, serves as a consultative body and is the link between active athletes and the IOC. It is composed of 12 athletes (8 summer and 4 winter)elected for eight years by the athletes participating in the Olympic Games, and of up to seven athletes appointed by the IOC President, to ensure a balance between regions, genders and sports. In addition, a representative of the World Olympians Association (WOA) and a representative of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) are ex-officio members.
What the Athletes’ Commission does:
• Makes recommendations to and participates in the IOC’s main commissions and working groups
• Works in liaison with the athletes’ commissions of the National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and International Federations (IFs), Continental Associations, International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
• Participates in the Olympic Games candidate city evaluation process
• Raises awareness among athletes of all categories in the fight against doping
• Oversees the IOC Athlete Career Programme (education, life skills and employment)
• Encourages women to take leadership positions in sports administration
• Promotes a healthy environment for everyone
Click here to learn more about the IOC Athletes’ Commission