IOC elects members of Ethics Commission

Kuala Lumpur, Aug 2 (IANS) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has elected the members of its Ethics Commission during the 128th session, a media report said.

The election during the session on Saturday finalises the successful implementation of recommendations 30 to 32 of Olympic Agenda 2020, just less than eight months since its unanimous approval last December, Xinhua news agency reported on Sunday.

The chair, vice-chair and members of the IOC Ethics Commission were elected or re-elected, regardless of the length of term they have left to serve, earlier in the day.

Composed of nine members, the Commission includes as required a representative of the IOC Athletes’ Commission and at least five individuals who are not active IOC members, two of whom have no direct links to the sports movement.

It is composed of: Youssoupha Ndiaye (former minister of sport of Senegal) re-elected as chair of the commission; Guy Canivet (member of the constitutional court) elected as vice-chair; Geert Corstens (recently retired president of the network of presidents of Supreme Judicial Courts in the European Union); Patricia O’ Brien (ambassador and permanent representative of Ireland to the United Nations and other international organisations at Geneva); Samuel Schmid (lawyer and former Swiss federal councillor of the federal department of defence, protection of the population and sport); IOC honorary member Francisco J. Elizalde; and IOC members Pierre-Olivier Beckers-Vieujant, Robin Mitchell.

Chinese former Olympic champion Yang Yang is elected as a representative of the IOC Athletes’ Commission.

Achieving greater transparency, good governance, responsibility and strengthening ethics are some of the guiding principles of the IOC Ethics Commission under Olympic Agenda 2020, the IOC’ s strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement.

A complete review of the Code of Ethics has also been carried out by the IOC Ethics Commission in order to reinforce the vision of the creators of the text, initially drawn up in 1999, and with a view to achieving greater transparency, good governance and responsibility.

The Session also heard the final report from the Organising Committee (OCOG) of the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014.

Russian National Olympic Committee president and IOC member Alexander Zhukov told the session of the extensive human and sporting legacies of the games, in particular the regeneration of the volunteer movement in Russia.

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