- 26 Aug 2004
- IOC News
Fredericks, Zelezny, Hicham El Guerrouj and Elwani elected
Frank Fredericks, Jan Zelezny, Hicham El Guerrouj and Rania Elwani are the four members who have been elected to the IOC Athletes’ Commission by their peers at the Athens Olympic Games, for a term of eight years. They will also serve as IOC members during this period. The announcement was made today by Anita L. DeFrantz, Chairwoman of the Election Committee and IOC member. The election has been held over the past 15 days in the Olympic Village in Athens.
Higher participation than in Sydney
5,787 athletes - 54.5 % of all eligible voters - chose from among 30 candidates from as many countries. Participation was higher than four years ago in Sydney, where 47.2 % of the athletes voted. All the candidate athletes had to be presented by their National Olympic Committee. In order to be eligible, they had to have participated either in the Olympic Games in Sydney or Athens, and never been found guilty of a doping offence during their sports career.
Frank Fredericks (Namibia, Athletics) was elected with 1,849 votes, followed by Jan Zelezny (Czech Republic, Athletics), with 1,411 votes, Hicham El Guerouj (Morocco, Athletics) with 1.260 and Rania Elwani (Egypt, Swimming) with 1.186 votes. The new members will be officially introduced at the Closing Ceremony of the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad in Athens.
The Athletes’ Commission is composed of 19 members, of which there are eight summer sports athletes elected by their peers at the Games of the Olympiad; four winter sports athletes elected by their peers at the Olympic Winter Games; and seven athletes appointed by the IOC President to ensure a balance in terms of gender, sport and region. In addition, a World Olympians Association representative and an International Paralympic Committee representative are ex-officio members.
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