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23 Nov 2004
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First meeting of the Athletes’ Commission with its new composition

The IOC Athletes’ Commission met today for the first time with its new composition. Under the chairmanship of Sergey Bubka, the Commission met in Lausanne. The four new members (Rania Amr Elwani, Hicham El Guerrouj, Frank Fredericks and Jan Zelezny) took the opportunity to visit the IOC and Olympic Museum the previous day for talks on their obligations and responsibilities as Commission members and new IOC members. The four athletes were elected to the Commission during the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad in Athens.

WOA and IPC representatives
The Commission can also count on the experience of a new representative from the World Olympians Association (WOA): Charmaine Crooks, a member of the Canadian women’s 400 x 400m team which won the silver medal at the Los Angeles Olympic Games in 1984. Ljiljana Ljubisic is the representative of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) on the Commission.

14 IOC members
The Commission can also count on the support of an honour member, Peter Tallberg. Fourteen of the 19 members are also IOC members. They represent the interests of the athletes within the highest Olympic organisation.

Below is the full list of the Commission members:
Sergey BUBKA (UKR) (Chairman), HSH Prince Albert of Monaco (Vice-Chairman), HRH Princess Haya Bint AL HUSSEIN, Lee Kyung CHUN, Robert CTVRTLIK, Yaping DENG, Manuela DI CENTA, Hicham EL GUERROUJ, Rania Amr ELWANI, Frank FREDERICKS, Jari KURRI, Mireya LUIS HERNANDEZ, Susie O’NEILL, Alexander POPOV, Adne SONDRAL, Pernilla WIBERG, Jan ZELEZNY, Ljiljana LJUBISIC, Charmaine CROOKS and Peter TALLBERG.

Created in 1981
Created on 27 October 1981, the Athletes' Commission is the link between active athletes and the International Olympic Committee.

Recommendations to the Executive Board
It is composed of active and retired athletes, holds at least one meeting each year and meets regularly with the IOC Executive Board, to which it issues recommendations.

Link with Organising Committees for the Games
The Commission forms working groups to work in liaison with the Organising Committees for the Olympic Games to ensure that the athletes' needs are met.

Learn more on the Athletes' Commission
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