POSTED: July 9th 2011

Gunilla Lindberg elected for second term on IOC executive board

Gunilla Lindberg headed up the 2018 IOC evaluation commission for the winter Games/ IOC
Gunilla Lindberg headed up the 2018 IOC evaluation commission for the winter Games/ IOC

LAURA WALDEN in Durban / Sports Features Communications

DURBAN, Jul 09: Sweden’s Gunilla Lindberg was re-elected for a second term on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) executive board today on the final day of the 123rd IOC session in Durban, South Africa. Norway’s Gerhard Heiberg had completed his four year term and she took his seat.

Lindberg ran unopposed for the seat on the executive board and received 63 votes with 10 against and four abstentions.

She became IOC member in 1996 at the Atlanta session then in 2000 in Moscow was elected to the IOC executive board then moved up to IOC vice-president in 2004 in Athens. The only other woman to serve as IOC vice-president was Anita DeFrantz whose term ran 1997-2001.

Lindberg joins Nawal El Moutawakel as the only two women on the IOC executive board who ironically filled the place left vacant by Lindberg in 2008.

Also Phil Craven was re-elected as IOC member at the session, he is the head of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). He received 73 votes and three against in the secret voting.

Three new members were confirmed: Barbara Kendall (New Zealand), Gerardo Werthein (Argentina) and Jose Perurena Lopez (Spain).

Kendall has competed in windsurfing and has three medals a gold, silver and bronze and participated in five Olympics. Lopez is head of the International Canoe Federation (ICF) and Werthein is president of the Argentinian NOC.

Kip Keino and Ferdinando Lima Bello received the prestigious Olympic Order for their contribution to sport.

Phil Coles (AUS), Chiharu Igaya and Shun-ichiro Okano (JPN), Arne Ljungqvist (SWE), Lassana Palenfo (CIV) and Antun Vrdoljak (CRO) all will retire to become honorary IOC members as they will reach 80 years of age.

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