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  • Athletes' Commission Elections Underway


    A poster announcing the vote in the Olympic Village. (ATR) 
    (ATR) Just two days are left for in the vote for two seats on the IOC to be selected by athletes at the Turin Games. The ballot includes 15 candidates, the vote taking place at the three Turin Olympic Villages.

    The two top finishers will become members of both the IOC Athletes Commission and the IOC for an eight-year term. They will join two other Winter Games athletes who were elected in Salt Lake City and eight others chosen at the Summer Olympics.

    Results will be announced on Feb. 23 in the International Zone of the Turin Olympic Village. The new members will be officially sworn-in at the IOC session on February 26, and introduced during the closing ceremony for the Turin Games that evening.

    Overseeing the election is U.S. IOC member Anita DeFrantz who has served as chair of the Election Committee since 1996.

    The candidates have been nominated by the athlete commissions of their respecting National Olympic Committees:

    Jacqui Cooper, 33, Australia, freestyle skiing
    Ruben Gonzalez, 43, Argentina, luge
    Georg Hackl, 39, Germany, luge
    Mark Hatton, 32, United Kingdom, luge
    Kwang-Bae Kang, 32, Korea, skeleton and luge
    Saku Koivu, 31, Finland, ice hockey
    Janica Kostelic ,24, Croatia, alpine skiing
    Jaak Mae, 33, Estonia, cross country skiing
    Corinne Niogret, 33, France, biathlon
    Kenji Ogiwara, 36, Japan, nordic combined
    Maria Jose Rienda, 30, Spain, alpine skiing
    Beckie Scott, 32, Canada, cross country skiing
    Adne Sondral,34, seeking re-election, Norway, speed skating
    Yang Yang, 29, China, short-track speed skating
    Pawel Zygmunt, 33, Poland, speed skating

    The IOC Athletes Commission was cr
    Voting takes place at the Olympic Villages for the Turin Games. (ATR) 
    eated in 1981 but it wasn't until the IOC reforms of 1999 that Athletes' Commission members were also given seats on the IOC. The commission is made up of 19 members. Along with the 12 members elected by athletes at the Olympics, seven are appointed by the IOC president to ensure balance between regions, sexes and sports. There is one member from both the International Paralympic Committee and World Olympians Association.

    As an organization, the Athletes Commission meets once or twice a year and serves as a consultative body to the IOC. Some of its field work includes evaluating candidate cities, work on the program of the games, encouraging women in sport, and working in the fight against doping.

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