The European Olympic Committees (EOC) elected the new Athletes’ Commission for the 2017-2021 term on the final day of the 9th Forum and 5th General Assembly of the European Athletes in Monaco.
Six athletes from summer sports and two athletes from winter sports were chosen as the new members of the commission from the 18 candidates present in Monaco, where 39 NOCs were in attendance. Estonian discus Olympic gold medallist Gerd Kanter was elected as the new Athletes’ Commission Chair and Hungarian hurdler Balazs Baji was elected Vice Chair.
The election was the highlight of the Forum and General Assembly, which was held from 18-20 October. However, whilst in Monaco there was also the opportunity for athletes and NOC leaders to address topical issues such as the protection of clean athletes, how to set up an effective Athletes’ Commission, and exchange their views and new proposals.
Speaking after the election, EOC Acting President Janez Kocijančič said:
“The Monaco Forum has been a fantastic opportunity to listen to athletes from across our continent. We have had the chance to hear what athletes and NOC leaders envisage the future of European sport to be. I am very grateful to those who were present to exchange current experiences, to engage in positive dialogue, and ensure they do their part in the decision-making process, in order to ensure better governance and better ethics in the future.”
EOC Secretary General Raffaele Pagnozzi said:
“It is a good group that has come out from the voting, and totally in line with gender equality, which is very important. We are excited to see them at work and to welcome Mr Kanter to our Executive Committee. These two and half days have been extremely positive – athletes were very proactive and the workshops in small groups proved to be a great opportunity to hear the thoughts of everyone present in Monaco.”
Pagnozzi also paid tribute to the outgoing commission, and in particular to former Chair Jean-Michel Saive, who served on the Athletes’ Commission for eight years.
“Everyone at the EOC is very grateful for the years of hard work and dedication shown by Mr Saive. He did an excellent job leading the Commission and we would like to offer our warmest thanks for his outstanding service.”
Before the election, participants had the honour of being welcomed by HSH Prince Albert II, the reigning monarch of the Principality of Monaco, IOC Member and President of the Monaco National Olympic Committee. Prince Albert was accompanied by HE Madame Yvette Lambin-Berti, the Secretary General of the NOC.
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