Results of the Elections to the IOC Athletes' Commission
The results of the elections to the IOC Athletes Commission were announced today by Ms Anita L. DeFrantz, Chair of the Election Committee and IOC member. Each National Olympic Committee (NOC) which has an Athletes' Commission had the opportunity to propose a candidate. In order to be eligible, candidates had to be 18 years old on 24 February 2002, and had to have participated in the XVIII Olympic Winter Games in Nagano in 1998 or those in Salt Lake City. Furthermore, they must never have been found guilty of a doping offence during their sports career. Upon their arrival, all athletes participating in the Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City received a manual presenting the candidates as well as the method and the places for voting. Voting took place from 6th to 20th February, in the Olympic Village and from 7 to 9 February at Soldier Hollow. The final results of the voting follow: - Total number of eligible voters (Aa credentials): 2516 - Total number of votes cast: 1773 - Total number of ballots accepted: 1770 - Total % of athletes voting: 70.468% Athletes elected: Pernilla WIBERG (SWE), Alpine skiing, 640 votes Manuela DI CENTA (ITA), Cross country skiing, 593 votes Jari KURRI (FIN), Ice Hockey, 579 votes Adne SONDRAL (NOR), Speed skating, 427 votes The two athletes with the greatest number of votes, i.e. Pernilla Wiberg and Manuela Di Centa, will serve a mandate of eight years; the other two elected athletes, i.e. Jari Kurri and Adne Sondral, will serve a mandate of four years. The elected athletes to the IOC Athletes Commission will then be presented to the 113th IOC Session on 23rd February for election as IOC members.