POSTED: Friday February 12th 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
HRH PRINCE FEISAL AL HUSSEIN BECOMES IOC MEMBER
Six new members were approved at the 122nd General Assembly in Vancouver
Vancouver, Canada, 12 February: His Royal Highness Prince Feisal Al Hussein, President of the Jordan Olympic Committee (JOC) and Chairman of Generations For Peace, has been elected as a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
HRH Prince Feisal was one of six new members approved during the IOC 122nd General Assembly in Vancouver, Canada, where the Olympic Winter Games will begin today.
‘It is a great honour to have been elected as a member of the most historic, prestigious and influential sporting organisation in the world. I would like to thank the IOC membership for putting their faith in me and, with all humility, I pledge to serve the Olympic Movement and uphold its fine traditions and values’, said HRH Prince Feisal.
‘The JOC and Generations For Peace will work tirelessly with all organisations within the Olympic Movement to promote the spirit of Olympism throughout Jordan and beyond.’
Since his election as President of the JOC in 2003, HRH Prince Feisal has championed the power of sport ‘to make a difference’. In recognition of his work promoting gender equality, HRH Prince Feisal was invited to become a member of the IOC Women and Sport Commission in 2007 and successfully hosted the IOC World Conference on Women and Sport a year later.
Within the Jordan Olympic Committee he has streamlined sports administration and has encouraged professionalism both on and off the sports fields.
However, it is his own initiative, Generations For Peace, which has caught the world’s attention by using sport as a means of bringing together communities in conflict.
Since the inception of Generations For Peace in 2007, hundreds of leaders of young people from 31 countries have been trained, resulting in nearly 40,000 youngsters, reaching out across conflict division, to embrace previous adversaries in the name of sport.
Notes to editors:
HRH Prince Feisal Al Hussein’s key sporting achievements
1999: Chairman of the Organising Committee for the Pan Arab Games
2003: Elected President of the Jordan Olympic Committee (JOC)
2003: Hosts Fencing World Cup in Jordan
2004: Re-elected President of JOC and attends Athens Olympics with biggest-ever Jordan delegation
2006: Succeeds in hosting ITU World Cup in Jordan
2006: Launches Black Iris Sports Media Awards to recognise and reward excellence in sport
2007: In recognition of his work in gender equality, HRH Prince Feisal invited to join IOC Women and Sport Commission
2007: Launches Generations For Peace, a global initiative using sport to help to bridge divides
2008: Succeeds in bringing FIA World Rally Championship to Jordan - a first for the Arab World
2008: Successfully hosts the IOC World Conference on Women and Sport
2008: Invited to chair the OCA Peace and Sport Commission
2008: Re-elected JOC President and leads delegation to Beijing Olympics
2009: Jordan successfully hosts the IAAF World Cross Country Championships
2009: Generations For Peace recognised by the IOC as an official organisation
2009: Launches a new era of administration for the way sport is run and managed in Jordan
2010: HRH Prince Feisal becomes IOC member
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