Record number of athletes to run for IOC Athletes’ Commission election at Beijing '22
At the IOC Executive Board today, 17 athletes representing all five continents were accepted for election to the IOC Athletes' Commission (AC) in Beijing, which will take place at the forthcoming Olympic Winter Games. This is an IOC record for the Olympic Winter Games.
To fill the two vacancies on the Commission, athletes from 17 different National Olympic Committees (NOCs), six different sports, and five different continents will compete. Each of their National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and their NOC Athletes' Commissions put forward a nomination for them.
Athletes on the list who have not yet competed in the Olympic Winter Games will have their candidatures approved if they qualify and are confirmed as participating in the Games by their respective NOCs during upcoming qualification competitions.
“Athletes want to play a major and active role and make their thoughts heard inside the Olympic Movement, which is great,” stated Emma Terho, Chair of the IOC AC on the record number of candidates. Even if none of them are chosen, the IOC Athletes' Commission's new members will bring new skills and expertise to the table.
Former IOC AC member Hayley Wickenheiser (CAN) will step down at the end of the Beijing 2022 Games, and the newly elected athletes will step in to fill the void left by Ole Einar Bjrndalen's (NOR) retirement from the IOC AC in 2016.
As on 27 January (the day the Villages open) through 16 February 2022, athletes competing in Beijing 2022 will be able to vote for their representatives in the Olympic Village.