At today’s meeting of the IOC Athletes’ Commission in Sochi, Claudia Bokel was re-elected as Chair of the Commission, which is the voice of the athletes within the IOC and the Olympic Movement.
As such, Bokel, a former fencer and silver medallist (team) at the Olympic Games in 2004, will also remain as a member of the IOC Executive Board. Angela Ruggiero was elected Vice-Chair. Ruggiero is an Olympic champion in ice hockey and has played more games for Team USA than any other man or woman.
Claudia Bokel said after the meeting: “I would like to thank my colleagues for their trust in my work, and am looking forward to continuing my mission of bringing athletes’ views to the attention of the right people in the Olympic Movement. It is great to know that I can count on the continued support and valuable input of my Commission members for this important task.”
In Sochi, all athletes participating in the Games are encouraged to vote for two of their peers as representatives on the IOC Athletes’ Commission. They will replace Rebecca Scott and Saku Koivu, whose mandates are coming to an end after eight years.
Learn more about the elections and all the candidates here.
About the IOC Athletes’ Commission
The IOC Athletes’ Commission is currently composed of 22 members, who are past or active Olympians. They are the voice of the athletes within the Olympic Movement and are defending their interests. As the link between the athletes and the IOC, the Commission members are involved in many key IOC activities, such as the process for evaluating Candidate Cities seeking to host the Olympic Games, the composition of the sports programme for the Games and the fight against doping. The Athletes’ Commission also oversees the IOC Athlete Career Programme, established in 2005, to facilitate education as well as job opportunities for athletes during and after their sporting career. The Commission’s Chairperson also sits on the IOC Executive Board.
Follow updates on the IOC Athletes’ Commission elections here.