CM – Record number of athletes running for the IOC Athletes Commission election in Beijing 2022


Ten female and seven male athletes from 17 National Olympic Committees (NOCs), six sports and five continents will compete for the two vacant seats on the commission


The Board of Directors (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has approved a list of 17 athletes (a record number for the Winter Olympics) from all five continents who have submitted their candidacies for the IOC Athletes Commission (AC). Elections that will take place in the upcoming games in Beijing.

Ten female and seven male athletes from 17 National Olympic Committees (NOCs), six sports and five continents will compete for the two vacant seats on the commission. They were nominated by their respective NOKs together with their NOK athletes’ commissions.

Admission of the candidacies of two athletes on the list who have not yet participated in the Winter Olympics requires their qualification for the Games during the upcoming qualifying competitions and confirmation of their participation in the Games by their respective NOCs.

« The record number of candidates and global representation are a strong sign that athletes play a primary and active role within the Olympic Movement and want to make their voices heard, which is great, » said Emma Terho, Chair of the IOC AC, in an official Publication. « All of these candidates bring great value to the athletic community and will add new skills and knowledge to the IOC Athlete Commission, regardless of who is elected. »

The elected athletes will replace the previous IOC-AC member Hayley Wickenheiser (CAN), who will end her term of office at the end of Beijing 2022, and will fill the vacancy resulting from the resignation of Ole Einar Bjorndalen (NOR) from the IOC-AC in 2016.

Athletes participating in Beijing 2022 can vote for their representatives in the Olympic Villages from January 27th (the opening day of the villages) until February 16, 2022.

The mission of the IOC AC is to ensure that the athletes’ point of view is at the center of the decisions of the Olympic Movement. As a link between the athletes and the IOC, the commission consists of a maximum of 23 members (12 directly elected by their colleagues and a maximum of 11 appointed members) who have a term of office of eight years. An election is held at each edition of the Olympic Games, with four members being elected for each Summer Game and two for each Winter Game.

Appointments are made by the IOC President in consultation with the IOC AC Chair to ensure a balance between regions, genders and sports. The chairman and vice-chairman of the commission are elected by the commissioners and must also be elected members of the AC.

In addition, the chairmen of the five NOC Continental Association athletes ‘commissions as well as a representative of the Athletes’ Council of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and one of the World Olympians Association participate as liaison officers in the work of the commission. to maximize engagement with the global athlete community. (ANI)

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