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    (ATR) New IOC president Thomas Bach unveils his first commission appointments.

    John Coates of Australia is named to chair the coordination commission for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Coates, IOC member since 2000 and a vice president is also the president of the Australian Olympic Committee. He is familiar with preparation for the Olympics after serving as a vice president of the Sydney 2000 Olympics. Coates also served on the coordination commission for the London 2012 Games.

    In a statement released by the AOC, Coates said: “I thank IOC President Thomas Bach for entrusting me with this great honour and responsibility. He has appointed outstanding personalities who will each bring to the Commission different skills and experiences and together I have no doubt we will be able to assist Tokyo to deliver an outstanding Games in 2020."

    Along with Coates, IOC member in Israel Alex Gilady was named vice chair.

    The commission is the first to be named by Bach, elected just over a month ago as IOC president. The 15-member panel also includes Sebastian Coe, formerly head of London 2012 and now chair of the British Olympic Association. Marius Vizer, president of the international Judo Federation and SportAccord is nominated, his first commission assignment for the IOC.

    The commission includes six women: IOC member in the U.S. Anita DeFrantz, Aruban IOC member Nicole Hoevertsz, Polish IOC member Irina Szewinska, Olympian and athletes commission member Kirsty Coventry from Zimbabwe, IOC member in Burundi Lydia Nsekera and Mikaela Cojuangco-Jaworski from the Philippines, elected to the IOC last month.

    Other IOC members include: Guy Drut of France, Robin Mitchell of Fiji, Zaiqing Yu from China and Habu Gumel of Nigeria.

    Representing the Paralympics is Andrew Parsons from the Brazil Paralympic committee.

    Bach also named the smaller coordination commission for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games, IOC member
    John Coates. (Getty Images)
    in Namibia Frank Fredericks. He will be joined by Danka Bartekova, Lingwei Li,Barry Maister, Henry Nunez (ANOC) and Adham Sharara.

    The release from the IOC announcing the appointments contains other news, notably that IOC member Richard Carrion of Puerto Rico has resigned from all his commission appointments. He was chairman of the Finance Commission as well as the Audit Commission and served on the commission for broadcast and Internet rights.

    Carrion came in second to Bach in the election for IOC president. He has been asked to remain involved with negotiations for broadcast rights outside Europe. Another defeated presidential candidate, Ser Miang Ng of Singapore, will chair the next meeting of the Finance Commission in December.

    “President Bach also decided that Arne Ljungqvist, Gerhard Heiberg and Hein Verbruggen will continue in their roles as chairmen of the Medical Commission, Marketing Commission and OBS, respectively, until after the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games to ensure continuity in the preparations,” says the IOC release.

    The release says that Bach will complete IOC commission assignments after the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

    Also of note in the press release is that while the executive director of Olympic Games is included as is customary as a member of coordination commissions, the name of current director Gilbert Felli is not included. He is due to leave the IOC after Sochi. Current IOC sports director Christophe Dubi is considered a likely successor.

    Written by Ed Hula.

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