Zhang skates into con­tention for IOC post

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SPORTS -

LAUSANNE, Switzer­land — China’s Olympic skat­ing cham­pion Zhang Hong has been named one of the six can­di­dates to run for the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee’s Ath­letes’ Com­mis­sion elec­tions next year, the IOC an­nounced on Mon­day.

Zhang, 29, won China its first ever Olympic gold medal


in speed­skat­ing in the women’s 1,000 me­ters at the 2014 Sochi Games.

The IOC ex­ec­u­tive board ap­proved the can­di­da­cies of six win­ter sports ath­letes for elec­tions to be held dur­ing the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, in Fe­bru­ary.

“I am de­lighted with the cal­iber of can­di­dates run­ning for a place in the IOC Ath­letes’ Com­mis­sion,” said com­mis­sion chair An­gela Rug­giero.

“I have ev­ery con­fi­dence in each can­di­date to strongly rep­re­sent ath­letes in the Olympic move­ment and con­tinue the ex­cel­lent work of the IOC Ath­letes’ Com­mis­sion to date.

“I wish all of them the best of luck, and urge all Olympians com­pet­ing in Pyeongchang next year to vote for the can­di­dates they wish to rep­re­sent them on the IOC.”

Nom­i­nated by their re­spec­tive Na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tees, the can­di­dates vy­ing for two avail­able po­si­tions orig­i­nate from three con­ti­nents and rep­re­sent five dif- fer­ent sports.

The other five can­di­dates up for elec­tion are: Astrid Uhren­holdt Ja­cob­sen of Nor­way (cross-coun­try ski­ing); An­der Mi­ram­bell of Spain (skele­ton); Kikkan Ran­dall of the United States (cross-coun­try ski­ing); Emma Terho of Fin­land (hockey) and Ar­min Zoeggeler of Italy (luge).

Two seats on the com­mis­sion will be­come avail­able in 2018 af­ter Rug­giero and Adam Pengilly com­plete their terms of of­fice in Fe­bru­ary.

All ath­letes par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Pyeongchang Games will be el­i­gi­ble to vote.

Af­ter ap­proval by the IOC Ses­sion, the two elected Olympians will be­come IOC mem­bers and serve eight-year terms.

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