Exclusive: Ilic among nine new IOC members proposed by Executive Board

11 August, 2017

The nine, proposed following an IOC Executive Board teleconference this morning, consists of two representatives from both National Olympic Committees and International Federations and five individual members.

This individual members includes three women, Thailand's Khunying Patama Leeswadtrakul, Palau's Baklai Temengil and Norway's Kristin Kloster Aasen.

They are joined by Czech Republic's Jiří Kejval and Dominican Republic's Luis Mejía Oviedo.

Chile's Ilic is one of two proposed NOC representatives along with Oman's Khalid Bin Mohammed Al-Zubair.

France's Jean-Christophe Rolland, 49, and Belgium's Ingmar de Vos, 54, the respective Presidents of World Rowing and the International Equestrian Federation, are the two International Federation representatives, as exclusively revealed by insidethegames last month.

These latter four will serve terms dependent on their positions within NOCs or International Federations. 

Ilic, 55, is also currently President of the Chilean Olympic Committee and, while he is expected to eventually vacate this role to avoid a conflict of interest as Santiago is currently the sole bidder for the 2023 Pan American Games, he would presumably still remain in the IOC position while ever he leads PASO.

Czech Olympic Committee President Jiří Kejval, a former rower, is among nine proposed new IOC members ©Getty Images

He replaced Julio Maglione as President in April after winning a thrilling election by a single vote in Punte del Este.

Al-Zubair, 45, is President of the Oman Olympic Committee and a major businessman in the Gulf Sultanate.

The other five will be eligible to serve until they pass the age limit of 70.

They must all still be officially approved by the existing membership at the IOC Session in Lima, due to take place from September 13 to 16.

Kejval, 49, is a former international rower and Czech Rowing Association President who currently leads the Czech Olympic Committee.

He is also managing director of TECHO, an office furniture company he helped found, and is playing a leading role in preparations for the Association of National Olympic Committees General Assembly in Prague in November.

Oviedo, 63, is currently President of the Dominican Olympic Committee.

Temengil, 50, is general secretary of the Palau National Olympic Committee and was elected the first female vice-president of the Oceania National Olympic Committees this year.

She is also serving Minister for Women and Community in Palau.

Badminton official Khunying Patama Leeswadtrakul, right, is the new Thailand representative ©Getty Images

Leeswadtrakul, 52, is President of the Badminton Association of Thailand and a Council member of the Badminton World Federation.

She will replace Nat Indrapana, who will next year pass the age limit of 80 for those members who joined before 2001.

Kloster Aasen, 56, is currently serving as vice-president of the Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports.

Norway's current IOC member Gerhard Heiberg is still eligible to serve until 2019 but is thought likely to retire before then.

Heiberg publicly proposed Kristin Kloster Aasen as his preferred successor last year.

The list means that powerful nations such as Mexico and founding nation Greece are still without an IOC member.

"These nine candidates will add to the huge range of knowledge and experience within the IOC membership," said IOC President Thomas Bach in a statement confirming the additions today. 

"In line with Olympic Agenda 2020, the IOC has taken another step towards a more diverse membership, which will continue to drive reform and reflect the world in which we live."


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