The proposal to elect three new IOC Members was made today by the Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and will be submitted to the IOC Session, which will meet on 10 January 2020 in Lausanne, Switzerland.
All three candidatures are linked to a function within a National Olympic Committee (NOC) or an International Federation (IF).
In line with Olympic Agenda 2020, the candidates were selected by the IOC Members Election Commission, chaired by HRH The Princess Royal, taking into consideration several criteria in order to guarantee a balanced representation within the IOC Session. All of them have been subject to integrity checks conducted by the IOC Ethics Commission.
IOC President Thomas Bach said: “These three personalities would bring a wide and varied set of skills and expertise that will be extremely beneficial for the IOC.”
The list of candidates follows:
Member whose candidature is linked to a function within an NOC or a Continental Association of NOCs:
- Yasuhiro Yamashita, President of the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) (Male, 1957, Japan)
Members whose candidatures are linked to a function within an IF or a Continental Association of IFs:
- David Haggerty, President of the International Tennis Federation (ITF) (Male, 1957, USA)
- Gianni Infantino, President of The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) (Male, 1970, Switzerland)
The 135th IOC Session that will be responsible for their election is scheduled to take place on 10 January 2020 in Lausanne during the Winter Youth Olympic Games.
The addition of the three new Members would bring the total number of IOC Members to 101.
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