Prince Albert II of Monaco takes place of Samaranch as Patron of the World Olympians Association
LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications
TAMPA: Monaco’s Prince Albert II has been named as the new Patron of the World Olympians Association (WOA) the organization that represents the 100,000 plus Olympians worldwide. Former IOC President, Juan Antonio Samaranch, served as patron until his death last year.
The Head of State participated in five Olympic Games in bobsleigh (Calgary 1988, Albertville 1992, Lillehammer 1994, Nagano 1998 and Salt Lake City 2002), and as International Olympic Committee (IOC) as well as head of the Monegasque Olympic Committee.
Newly elected president Joel Bouzou nominated the prince and the board unanimously approved the decision as well as IOC head, Dr. Jacques Rogge.
Bouzou, who is also the founder and driving force behind the high successful Peace and Sport organization that is based in Monaco, also serves as an advisor to Prince Albert as well.
He said, “It is a tremendous honour for the World Olympians Association to have H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco as the new Patron of our organization. He is an Olympian and a true humanist who has always believed that the values of sport can change lives and can change society for the better.
“His involvement and advocacy will greatly increase our influence and will make a huge difference to convince new stakeholders that Olympians across the globe can and should contribute to improve the world in which we live. I can’t thank him enough for his support.”
New Executive Board member
As well as the new nomination for Patron, Bouzou also recommended double gold medal winner and Swedish Olympian, Pernilla Wiberg.
Wiberg is a resident in Monaco and recently was athlete ambassador for the Annecy 2018 Olympic bid and has a long career history as an athlete. She has won: two gold medals in the Albertville and Lillehammer Games, four World Championship titles between 1991 and 1999, a victory in the 1997 World Cup, 24 racing medals (14 slalom, 3 Super G, 3 combined, 2 downhill, 2 giant slalom) and no less than 61 appearances on the winners’ podium.
The new WOA organizational chart:
H.E. Juan Antonio Samaranch, Founder
H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, Patron
Dr. Jacques Rogge, Honorary President
Mr. Joël Bouzou, President (FRA)
Mr. Anthony Ledgard Grimm, Secretary General (PER)
Mr. El Hadj Amadou Dia Ba, First Vice President (SEN)
Mr. George Andreadis, Second Vice President (GRE)
Mr. Patrick Singleton, Treasurer (BER)
Dr. Liston Bochette, Executive Board (PUR)
Mr. Alper Kasapoglu, Executive Board (TUR)
Mr. Cor van Aanholt, Executive Board (AHO)
Mr. Dick Fosbury, Executive Board (USA)
Ms. Pernilla Wiberg, Executive Board (SWE) (appointed)
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