IOC elects six new members
During its 122nd Session in Vancouver today, the IOC elected six new members – three women and three men. In other decisions, Thomas Bach became IOC Vice-President for another term of office, and Sam Ramsamy was re-elected as an Executive Board member.
Getting women into leadership positions
The new IOC members are:
• HRH Prince Faisal bin Al-Hussein of Jordan, President of the Jordanian Olympic Committee. He was nominated as an individual member.
• Maria de la Soledad Casado Estupiñan of Spain, President of the International Triathlon Union. Her candidature is linked to a function within an International Federation.
• Barry John Maister of New Zealand, Secretary General of the New Zealand Olympic Committee and an Olympic hockey champion. He was nominated as an individual member.
• Dagmawit Girmay Berhane of Ethiopia, Secretary General of the Ethiopian Olympic Committee. Her candidature is linked to a function within a National Olympic Committee.
• Patrick McQuaid of Ireland, President of the International Cycling Union. His candidature is linked to a function within an International Federation.
• Yang Yang of China, an Olympic speed skating champion. She was nominated as an active athlete.
The gender balance of the newly elected members reflects the IOC’s efforts to promote women in sport in general, and at the leadership and administrative levels of sports organisations in particular. The members will serve eight-year terms. As of today, the IOC has 114 members, and there is a maximum of 115.Executive Board elections
Thomas Bach, who was previously an IOC Vice-President, has been re-elected to this position for another four years. Sam Ramsamy was re-elected as an Executive Board member, also for another four years.
Chaired by President Jacques Rogge, the EB now comprises Zaiqing Yu, Mario Pescante, Ser Miang Ng and Thomas Bach as Vice-Presidents; and Gerhard Heiberg, Denis Oswald, René Fasel, Mario Vázquez Raña, Frank Fredericks, Nawal El Moutawakel, Richard L. Carrión, Craig Reedie, John Coates and Sam Ramsamy.