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Danish crown prince nominated as country's next IOC member

Danish crown prince nominated as country's next IOC member

Crown Prince Frederik has been nominated to become Denmark's next International Olympic Committee member.
The 38-year-old Frederik, heir to Denmark's throne, is being lined up to replace Kai Holm, who reaches the IOC's 70-year age limit in 2009.
"I have a great respect and admiration for the Olympic ideal and that's maybe why I have put my name down as a candidate," Frederik told reporters Thursday.
Denmark's national Olympic committee said it "is convinced that the crown prince would be able to open many doors for Danish sports."
IOC president Jacques Rogge supports the prince's candidacy, according to the statement.
Holm has been Denmark's IOC member since 2002.
Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen said he had no problems with Frederik being nominated, saying the job was compatible with the prince's duties as a member of the royal family.
During a brief news conference, Frederik said he would avoid mixing sports and politics. Under Denmark's Constitution, the royal family has no political power and is barred from involvement in party politics.
Culture Minister Brian Mikkelsen, whose department covers sports, retracted a statement made in 1998 when Frederik was advised not to seek to replace Niels Holst-Soerensen, Denmark's then IOC member.
"I support the crown prince's candidacy and I am sure he will be a very good representative for Denmark. I have no qualms whatsoever today to support his candidacy," Mikkelsen said.
Frederik _ an avid yachtsman, horseman and marathon runner _ will come up for membership at the IOC assembly in Copenhagen in September 2009.
The IOC currently has 114 members.


Updated : 2021-05-09 11:52 GMT+08:00