POSTED: February 9th 2014


Turkey's Erdener newest member of International Olympic Committee Executive Board

National Olympic Committee of Turkey President and World Archery President Ugur Erdener / World Archery
National Olympic Committee of Turkey President and World Archery President Ugur Erdener / World Archery

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) At the 126th International Olympic Committee Session in Sochi Saturday, National Olympic Committee of Turkey President and World Archery President Ugur Erdener was elected to the IOC Executive Board over Canada’s Dick Pound.

“I am hugely honoured to have been appointed to such an important role at this critical moment of transition and modernisation in the Olympic Movement,” Erdener, who received 51 votes to Pound’s 42, said. Erdener is also a member of the World Anti-Doping Agency Executive Committee and Foundation Board. “I would like to express my sincerest thanks to my fellow IOC members for putting their faith in me, and to Dick Pound for campaigning in the spirit of friendship and fair play.

“This is a significant moment, not just for me but for Turkey, because my country shares my passion for sport. I hope that in my new capacity I will be able to ensure that this close connection between Turkey and the Olympic Movement continues to grow.

“After a highly productive IOC Session and an excellent Olympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony, you can feel the energy and appetite for change in the Olympic Family. As we have seen over the past few days, the IOC is at the beginning of a journey that will see real reform. All the members fully support President Bach’s vision and are relishing the opportunity to contribute to Olympic Agenda 2020. I hope that with my experience in the NOC and IF families I can add some value to this process. I have no doubt that through consultation, cooperation and collaboration, the Olympic Movement will emerge stronger and more unified.”

Keywords · International Olympic Committee · IOC · Turkey · National Olympic Committee · NOC · World Archer · World Anti-Doping Agency · WADA · IOC Executive Board · Sochi · Sochi 2014 · Winter Olympics · Olympic Games ·

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