The final day of the 125th IOC Session taking place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, kicked off with the election of the following nine new IOC members:
-Octavian Morariu of Romania, candidature as an individual member
-Bernard Rajzman of Brazil, candidature as an individual member
-Mikaela Maria Antonia Cojuangco-Jaworski of the Philippines, candidature as an individual member
-Alexander Zhukov of Russia, candidature linked to his function within an NOC
-Paul Kibii Tergat of Kenya, candidature as an individual member
-Lawrence Probst III of the United States, candidature linked to his function within an NOC
-Dagmawit Girmay Berhane of Ethiopia, candidature as an individual member
-Camiel Eurlings of the Netherlands, candidature as an individual member
-Stefan Holm of Sweden, candidature linked to his function as active athlete
With these new additions, the Session – the supreme decision-making body of the IOC - now comprises 112 members who are individuals, active athletes or representatives of International Federations (IFs) and National Olympic Committees (NOCs).
Presidential election as today’s landmark event
The nine new members will not take part in any of today’s votes, including the election of the new IOC President, who will be announced at 12.30 p.m. local time in Buenos Aires. The Session meeting and announcement ceremony will be broadcast live on www.olympic.org .
Kevan Gosper and Lamine Diack, whose IOC membership terminates at the end of 2013 as they have reached the age limit, were appointed to become honorary members at the end of the year. Both have served as IOC members for over 10 years.
Executive Board positions go to vote
Finally, elections will be held to fill two vacancies on the 15-member IOC Executive Board. Anita DeFrantz, HRH Prince Tunku Imran and Richard Pound will vie to succeed John Coates, who himself will seek the Vice-Presidency slot left vacant by Ser Miang Ng, whose back-to-back four-year terms come to an end today.