POSTED: August 11th 2017
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Olympics: IOC could get 9 new members in Lima - Samsung Chief Lee steps down

LAURA WALDEN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is set to put forward nine new members for election at the 131st IOC Session in Lima, Peru. It is set to take place from 13 to 16 September 2017.

The IOC Members Election Commission, chaired by HRH The Princess Royal, proposed the members to the EB after a targeted recruitment process according to a specific set of criteria. They all have been vetted by the IOC Ethics Commission which has conducted integrity checks.

Five of these proposed would be individual members and they are comprised of three men and two women

Four of the members according to the Olympic Charter represent the stakeholders of the Olympic Movement: the National Olympic Committees (NOC) and the International Federations (IF). And thes four nominees have been chosen in close consultation with the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) and the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC).

All nine candidates would bring to the IOC various skillsets and come from a variety of backgrounds such as sports, management, volunteering, engineering, business administration, commerce and tourism, the media and NGOs. Everyone brings experience and skills that would benefit the IOC and they are all listed herein below.

IOC President Thomas Bach said, "These nine candidates will add to the huge range of knowledge and experience within the IOC membership. In line with Olympic Agenda 2020, the IOC has taken another step towards a more diverse membership, which will continue to drive reform and reflect the world in which we live."

Samsung Chief Lee not renewing his IOC mandate

The EB has been informed that Samsung chief Kun-Hee Lee's family has requested that he not be considered for re-election as an IOC Member. Lee has been ill since 2014 when he suffered a heart attack and a coma and has been hospitalized and at home since then.

He was first elected as an IOC member in 1996 at the 105th IOC Session in Atlanta and served on two IOC Commissions: Cultural (1997), and Finance (1998-1999).

Samsung joined the TOP Sponsorship program in 1998 and Lee lobbied hard for the PyeongChang 2018 bid for the Olympic Winter Games.

He has also served as the Honorary President of the Korean Olympic Committee.

The IOC said in a statement, "Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time during his continued illness."

Now with the addition of nine new members and the exit of Lee would bring the total number of IOC members to 103.

FIVE PROPOSED INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS:

Baklai TEMENGIL
(Female, Palau, ONOC Vice-President, Individual Member, 23.10.1966)

Jiri KEJVAL
(Male, Czech Republic, President of the Czech Olympic Committee, Individual Member, 30.11.1967)

Kristin KLOSTER AASEN
(Female, Norway, Vice-President of the Norwegian Olympic Committee, Individual Member, 04.01.1961)

Khunying Patama LEESWADTRAKUL
(Female, Thailand, President of the Badminton Association of Thailand, Individual Member, 16.02.1965)

Luis MEJIA OVIEDO
(Male, Dominican Republic, President of the Dominican Republic Olympic Committee, Individual Member, 04.09.1953)

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TWO PROPOSED MEMBERS REPRESENTING AN NOC OR A CONTINENTAL ASSOCIATION OF NOCS:

Neven Ivan ILIC ALVAREZ
(Male, Chile, PASO President, Member representing an NOC or a continental association of NOCs, 04.04.1962)

Khalid Muhammad AL ZUBAIR
(Male, Oman, President of the Oman Olympic Committee, Member representing an NOC or a continental association of NOCs, 23.11.1970)

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TWO PROPOSED MEMBERS REPRESENTING AN IF:

Jean-Christophe ROLLAND
(Male, France, Olympic rowing champion, President of World Rowing, Member representing an IF, 03.07.1968)

Ingmar DE VOS
(Male, Belgium, President of the International Federation for Equestrian Sports, member representing an IF, 05.08.1963)

**LAURA WALDEN has over twenty-six years of experience in the Olympic Movement, formerly at the European Olympic Committees with SportEurope under former IOC President Dr. Jacques Rogge and IOC Member Mario Pescante. She worked with the Rome 2004 and Turin 2006 Olympic bids and also managed PR & media for Dr. Jacques Rogge during his campaign for the presidency. 


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