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IOC proposes four new members, including Jordanian princess

IOC proposes four new members, including Jordanian princess

Princess Haya of Jordan is among four people in line to become new members of the International Olympic Committee.
Haya, Patrick Baumann of Switzerland, Andres Botero of Colombia and Rita Subowo of Indonesia have been nominated for membership by IOC president Jacques Rogge and the executive board, the IOC said Wednesday.
Their election, considered a virtual formality, will take place at the IOC session in Guatemala City in July.
"These are four highly competent individuals who would undoubtedly make an excellent contribution to the IOC and its work around the world," Rogge said.
The IOC currently has 111 members.
Rogge noted that two of the nominees were women, as was the case in 2006. The new appointments will bring the number of female members to 14.
"This reflects the IOC's desire to lead by example as regards our policy of increasing the number of women in sports organizations," Rogge said.
Haya was elected last year as president of the International Equestrian Federation, one of 28 sports represented in the Summer Olympics.
Haya is the eldest daughter of the late King Hussein of Jordan and is married to Crown Prince Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum of Dubai. She competed in equestrian at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and 2002 World Equestrian Games in Spain.
Baumann is secretary general of FIBA, the international basketball federation. Botero is president of the Colombian Olympic Committee and head of the international water skiing federation. Subowo is the first woman president of the Indonesian Olympic Committee and an executive vice president of FIVB, the international volleyball federation.


Updated : 2021-06-25 12:43 GMT+08:00