Six-time Olympic medallist, Kimberly Rhode (USA), has been elected as the new Chair of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Athletes Committee.

The ISSF Executive Committee called their session in Changwon, Republic of Korea, on 12th September for the purpose of electing a new Chair as well as appointing additional members to the Athletes Committee.

The voting process, which drew more than 1800 members from 91 nations, had been in effect from the 2nd to the 11th of September – the duration of the World Championship – and the vote count was done on the final day under the watchful eyes of outgoing Chair and IOC Athletes Commission member, Abhinav Bindra (IND) as well as fellow IOC Athletes Commission member, Danka Bartekova (SVK).

Results of the vote count were sealed in an envelope and presented to the President of the ISSF during the Executive Committee meeting. The four athletes who received the highest number of votes were elected into the Athletes Committee while the Executive Committee elected the athlete with the most number of votes as the Chair.

Apart from Ms Rhode, Daniele Di Spigno (ITA), Christian Reitz (GER) and Cassio Cesar Rippel (BRA) completed the automatically inducted members, based on voting, into the Athletes Committee.

As well as the four aforementioned athletes, ISSF regulations dictate the need for three more representatives in the Athletes Committee that take into consideration gender equality as well as fair representation amongst the various disciples under the ISSF’s command.

Olena Kostevych (UKR), Elena Allen (GBR) and Petar Gorsa (CRO) were selected by the Executive Committee to complete the Athletes Committee.

Role of the ISSF Athletes Committee

The chairman and six members of the ISSF Athletes Committee mainly gather information from their fellow athletes about their needs and issues surrounding their discipline. The committee also regularly communicates with other international federation athlete committees to ensure optimal conditions for training, living accommodations as well as support in the fight against doping and other unfair tactics.