LA84 Foundation President named to IOC Executive Board
CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications
(SFC) The first woman in the history of the International Olympic Committee to be elected vice president, Anita DeFrantz, was elected to the IOC’s Executive Board.
The LA84 Foundation president was first elected to the IOC in 1986 and served on the Executive Board from 1992 to 1997, after which time she was elected as vice president.
“Anita is a true leader with a comprehensive understanding of sport from its introduction to the elite level,” LA84 Foundation Board Chair Bob Graziano said. “We believe her work at the highest levels of the IOC is great news for Los Angeles as well as the Olympic Movement worldwide.”
DeFrantz represented the United States at the 1976 and 1980 Olympic Games, winning a bronze medal in rowing in Montreal. She has been honoured by Los Angeles Magazine, Newsweek, NCAA, the Los Angeles Business Journal and Sports Illustrated for her work with the IOC, the U.S. Olympic Committee Board of Directors, the International Rowing Federation, and the Los Angeles Olympic Committee for the 1984 Games.
“I am honoured to once again serve in this capacity on the IOC, and I continue to be honoured to serve as President of the LA84 Foundation which supports sports-related activities for young people throughout southern California,” DeFrantz said. “
Created to manage the surplus from the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, the LA84 Foundation has invested $214 million in sports programmes in Los Angeles, Imperial, Orange, Riverside, San Bernadino, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Ventura.
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