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08 Feb 2006
Olympic News

Voting Offices Open for the Athletes’ Commission Elections

From today, 8 February, the athletes participating in the 2006 Olympic Winter Games can vote to elect two of their peers to represent them on the IOC Athletes’ Commission. Voting offices have opened in each of the three Olympic Villages, located in Turin, Bardonecchia and Sestriere. The elections will end on 22 February. The official announcement will take place on 23 February at 2 p.m. at the Turin Olympic Village.
15 candidates for 2 seats
Fifteen athletes are candidates for two seats on the Commission. Only NOCs with an athletes’ commission may put forward a candidate. In order to be eligible, candidates must have participated in the last edition of the Winter Games in Salt Lake City, or be taking part in the Games in Turin. After acceptance by the IOC Session, those elected will become IOC members for the duration of their eight-year mandate within the Athletes’ Commission. They will be officially introduced during the Closing Ceremony of the Games.
The voice of the athletes
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.
List of candidates (in alphabetical order)

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

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