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IOC statement on Ole Einar Bjørndalen

05 Apr 2016
Olympic News

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today accepted the resignation of Ole Einar Bjørndalen as IOC Member after his decision to continue his biathlon career.

Mr Bjørndalen had always kept IOC President Thomas Bach informed of his decision making. The IOC President previously released the 13-time Olympic medallist from his duties with the IOC until the end of the Biathlon World Championships in Oslo this month.

“We agree with this move by Ole Einar,” said President Bach. “It was the correct decision since his sporting commitments did not allow him to carry out his function as IOC Member in the way he wanted to. We will stay in contact and we wish him all the best in his athletic career.”

A decision on Mr Bjørndalen’s replacement in the IOC Athletes’ Commission will be taken in due course.

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