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    Gunilla Lindberg (ATR)
    Gunilla Lindberg, #8, 2018 Evaluation Commission Chair

    Lindberg's star is rising. The Swedish IOC member's calm but assertive approach to Olympic administration has won plenty of admirers, including IOC chief Jacques Rogge who appointed her chair of the IOC Evaluation Commission for the 2018 Winter Olympics.

    Lindberg's 2018 commission will analyze the bid books from the three candidate before she leads inspection visits to Annecy, PyeongChang and Munich between Feb. 8 and March 5.

    Her contribution to the commission’s technical appraisal of the bids for IOC members will help to shape the final phase of the 2018 race that culminates with the July 6 IOC vote in Durban.

    It’s her most visible role since she became an IOC member in 1996.

    A member of the IOC Executive Board from 2000 to 2004 and IOC vice president from 2004 to 2008, she has also worked on coordination commissions for five Olympic Games.

    In her role as secretary general of the Association of National Olympic Committees, Lindberg will also spend a large chunk of 2011 resolving London Olympics issues with NOC leaders.

    Lindberg is also a member of the Rio 2016 coordination commission. She has been secretary general of the Swedish Olympic Committee since 1989.

    2010 Ranking – unranked

    Sepp Blatter, FIFA President, #9

    After taking
    Sepp Blatter (ATR)
    the World Cup to new territories in Russia and Qatar on the back of a successful South African tournament, Sepp Blatter appears to have cemented enough friendships to be re-elected at the FIFA Congress on June 1.

    Unless a challenge comes from Asia, it seems likely he'll be voted in for a fourth term as FIFA chief.

    Blatter, 74, has served as an IOC member since 1999.

    Making a success of the 2011 Women's World Cup in Germany will be his first priority. Accelerating the pace of Brazil 2014 World Cup preparations is another. A key moment is the July 30 preliminary draw for the 2014 competition.

    In the build-up to the London 2012 Olympics, Blatter will also spend time hammering out any issues FIFA's 208 member associations have in their preparations for the football tournament.

    2010 Ranking – 1

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    Written by Mark Bisson.

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