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  • Five Nominations for IOC Membership


    Prince Tunku Imran of the Olympic Council of Malaysia. (ATR) 
    (ATR) Two women are on the list of five nominees for the IOC, the first group to be proposed for regular membership since 2002.

    The women are Beatrice Allen, vice president of the Gambia National Olympic Committee and Nicole Hoevertsz, secretary general of the National Olympic Committee of Aruba.

    Prince Tunku Imran, president of the Olympic Council of Malaysia is the only nominee from Asia.

    Two federation leaders are nominated. Hein Verbuggen, former president of the International Cycling Union, as expected, made the list. He had to leave the IOC in September when he stepped down as UCI president, but has since been named an executive vice president and was nominated to serve again by UCI.

    The fifth nominee is International Tennis Federation president Francesco Ricci Bitti. He would become the fifth IOC member from Italy, a number matched only by Switzerland.

    The nominees were culled from a field of nearly 100 applications by the IOC Nominations Commission and endorsed Thursday by the IOC Executive Board.

    Francesco Ricci Bitti of the International Tennis Federation. (ATR) 
    IOC membership, numbering 115, will stay the same, assuming all five nominees are accepted by the IOC Session February in Turin with a simple majority.

    Five members will be leaving the IOC this year, having reached the age limit to serve.

    Those members are:

    *Fidel Mendoza Carrasquilla, Colombia.
    *Tay Wilson, New Zealand
    *Nikos Filaretos, Greece
    *Borislav Stankovic, Serbia Montenegro
    *Kikis Lazarides, Cyprus

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