ZUBAIR ELECTED AS IOC MEM­BER

Muscat Daily - - SPORTS - Ashok Puro­hit

Khalid al Zubair, the Oman Olympic Com­mit­tee (OOC) chair­man, was on Fri­day elected as a mem­ber of the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee (IOC) dur­ing the IOC Ses­sion in the Peru­vian cap­i­tal of Lima. had first re­ported last month that Zubair was set to be elected as the IOC mem­ber. Zubair was among the eight new mem­bers elected dur­ing the ses­sion that also elected a new vice-pres­i­dent and three new mem­bers of its ex­ec­u­tive board. The eight new mem­bers were pro­posed by the ex­ec­u­tive board in Au­gust. Zubair along with Neven Ivan Ilic Al­varez, pres­i­dent of the Pan-Amer­i­can Sports Or­gan­i­sa­tion were elected as rep­re­sen­ta­tives of a Na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee (NOC) or con­ti­nen­tal as­so­ci­a­tion of NOCs. The other mem­bers elected were Jean-Christophe Rol­land, pres­i­dent of World Row­ing and Ing­mar de Vos, pres­i­dent of the In­ter­na­tional Eques­trian Fed­er­a­tion as mem­bers rep­re­sent­ing an in­ter­na­tional fed­er­a­tion. Four mem­bers, three of them women, were elected in the cat­e­gory of in­di­vid­ual mem­bers - Bak­lai Te­mengil, Kristin Kloster Aasen, Khun­y­ing Patama Leeswad­trakul (all women) and Luis Me­jia Oviedo. Anita DeFrantz of USA was elected as an IOC vice-pres­i­dent. Robin Mitchell, Ni­cole Ho­ev­ertsz, and Mr De­nis Oswald were cho­sen to join the IOC Ex­ec­u­tive Board. At the IOC Ses­sion, 16 mem­bers were re-elected af­ter Muscat Daily eight years of mem­ber­ship, and among them was Kuwait's Sheikh Ah­mad al Fa­had al Sabah. Speak­ing to from Ashg­bat in Turk­menistan, where Muscat Daily he is at­tend­ing the fifth Asian In­door and Mar­tial Arts Games, Taha al Kishry, the OOC sec­re­tary-gen­eral, said, “The election of Khalid al Zubair as an IOC mem­ber is a his­toric mo­ment for Oman. It is only the sec­ond time that an Omani has been elected as an IOC mem­ber, the pre­vi­ous in­stance be­ing in 2009 when the then OOC vice-chair­man, Habib Ab­dulnabi Macki, was elected. “The election is a tes­ti­mony of a strong Olympic move­ment in Oman, which has be­gun to bear fruit in re­cent times fol­low­ing the ef­forts of the OOC led by Zubair.” “The OOC has been strongly sup­port­ing the IOC ac­tiv­i­ties and pro­grammes, be it the Olympic Sol­i­dar­ity pro­grammes, in­clud­ing train­ing cour­ses for coaches and schol­ar­ships for ath­letes, ad­min­is­tra­tors and tech­ni­cians or be it cour­ses on sports medicine, anti-dop­ing and em­pha­sis on women’s sport,” said Kishry. Zubair, who is in his sec­ond term as the OOC chief af­ter his pre­vi­ous term ended last year (2013-16), has made sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to the IOC’s ob­jec­tives by adopt­ing multi-faceted projects and pro- grammes within OOC. It has re­sulted in Omani teams and in­di­vid­u­als win­ning medals at Asian level. The OOC in its ef­fort to en­sure progress un­der the theme ‘Sport for De­vel­op­ment’ had also formed ten sup­port­ing com­mit- tees - plan­ning and fol­low-up, Olympic Sol­i­dar­ity, anti-dop­ing, women’s sport, ath­letes, sport for all, sport and en­vi­ron­ment, sports medicine, me­dia and mar­ket­ing. The OOC was also in­stru­men­tal in set­ting up the Dis­pute Res­o­lu­tion and Ar­bi­tra­tion for Sport Com­mit­tee. Among the other ma­jor achieve­ments un­der Zubair has been the sup­port of cor­po­rate houses to na­tional teams and in­di­vid­u­als. Zubair was the first elected chair­man of the OOC in 2013 and his el­e­va­tion as an IOC mem­ber is cer­tain to bring more spot­light on Olympic sports in Oman.

The election of Khalid al Zubair as an IOC mem­ber is a tes­ti­mony of a strong Olympic move­ment in Oman

Khalid al Zubair (left) with IOC chief Thomas Bach (cen­tre) and other newly-elected IOC mem­bers in Lima, Peru, on Fri­day

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