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11 Dec 2001
IOC News , Press Release

Pinsent joins IOC Athletes’ Commission

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today in Lausanne announced the appointment of Matthew Pinsent, a rower from Great Britain, to replace Jan Zelezny from Czech Republic on the IOC Athletes’ Commission. The Athletes’ Commission earlier this week proposed Pinsent to replace Zelezny since he was the next highest vote-getter outside of the eight other athletes elected in Sydney.

The IOC Executive Board regretfully accepted the resignation of Jan Zelezny from both the IOC and its Athletes’ Commission. The three-time Olympic and World Champion in javelin intends to focus on his sports career and his training for the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad in Athens in 2004. Zelezny was first elected to the IOC Athletes’ Commission in 1996 and was coopted as an IOC member in1999. He was re-elected member of the Athletes’ Commission in Sydney in 2000.

“I would like to thank Jan for his valuable contribution in the last five years and wish him great success in the continuation of his career,” said the IOC President. “Matthew will be an excellent addition to our already dynamic Athletes’ Commission.”

“I am pleased and honored to join the IOC Athletes’ Commission and look forward to actively representing the interest of the athletes,” said Matthew Pinsent.

Pinsent won three Olympic gold medals and nine World Championships in rowing and has been a member of the British Olympic Association Athletes’ Commission since 1999.

His candidature for membership to the IOC will be forwarded to the Nominations Commission for consideration.
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