- 08 Feb 2006
- Olympic News
Voting Offices Open for the Athletes’ Commission Elections
Created in 1981, the IOC Athletes’ Commission provides a link between Olympic athletes and the IOC. It also allows athletes to have their voices heard within the Olympic Movement. Since 1996, the majority of its members (i.e. 12 out of 19) have been elected by their peers during the Olympic Games. Since 2000, the Commission Chairman has been no other than Olympic champion and six-times world champion in the pole vault, Sergey Bubka, who is also an IOC Executive Board member.
Jacqui Cooper (Australia, freestyle skiing), Rúben González (Argentina, luge), Georg Hackl (Germany, luge), Mark Hatton (Great Britain, luge), Kwang-Bae Kang (Korea, bobsleigh and luge), Saku Koivu (Finland, ice hockey), Janica Kostelic (Croatia, Alpine skiing), Jaak Mae (Estonia, cross country skiing), Corinne Niogret (France, biathlon), Kenji Ogiwara (Japan, Nordic combined), Maria José Rienda (Spain, Alpine skiing), Beckie Scott (Canada, cross country skiing), Ådne Søndrål (Norway, speed skating), Yang Yang (People’s Republic of China, short track speed skating) and Pawel Zygmunt (Poland, speed skating).
Introducing the candidates: election to the IOC Athletes’ Commission,Torino 2006