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Neven Ilic is among proposed new members of the IOC ©PASO

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Nine individuals - including Pan American Sports Organization (PASO) President Neven Ilic - are being proposed for membership of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) next month.

The nine, proposed following an IOC Executive Board teleconference this morning, consists of two representatives from both National Olympic Committees and International Federations and five individual members.

This individual members includes three women, Thailand's Khunying Patama Leeswadtrakul, Palau's Baklai Temengil and Norway's Kristin Kloster Aasen.

They are joined by Czech Republic's Jiří Kejval and Dominican Republic's Luis Mejía Oviedo.

Chile's Ilic is one of two proposed NOC representatives along with Oman's Khalid Bin Mohammed Al-Zubair.

France's Jean-Christophe Rolland, 49, and Belgium's Ingmar de Vos, 54, the respective Presidents of World Rowing and the International Equestrian Federation, are the two International Federation representatives, as exclusively revealed by insidethegames last month.

These latter four will serve terms dependent on their positions within NOCs or International Federations.

Ilic, 55, is also currently President of the Chilean Olympic Committee and, while he is expected to eventually vacate this role to avoid a conflict of interest as Santiago is currently the sole bidder for the 2023 Pan American Games, he would presumably still remain in the IOC position while ever he leads PASO.

He replaced Julio Maglione as President in April after winning a thrilling election by a single vote in Punte del Este.

Al-Zubair, 45, is President of the Oman Olympic Committee and a major businessman in the Gulf Sultanate.

The other five will be eligible to serve until they pass the age limit of 70.

They must all still be officially approved by the existing membership at the IOC Session in Lima, due to take place from September 13 to 16.

Kejval, 49, is a former international rower and Czech Rowing Association President who currently leads the Czech Olympic Committee.

He is also managing director of TECHO, an office furniture company he helped found, and is playing a leading role in preparations for the Association of National Olympic Committees General Assembly in Prague in November.

Oviedo, 63, is currently President of the Dominican Olympic Committee.

Temengil, 50, is general secretary of the Palau National Olympic Committee and was elected the first female vice-president of the Oceania National Olympic Committees this year.

She is also serving Minister for Women and Community in Palau.

Leeswadtrakul, 52, is President of the Badminton Association of Thailand and a Council member of the Badminton World Federation.

She will replace Nat Indrapana, who will next year pass the age limit of 80 for those members who joined before 2001.

Kloster Aasen, 56, is currently serving as vice-president of the Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports.

Norway's current IOC member Gerhard Heiberg is still eligible to serve until 2019 but is thought likely to retire before then.

Heiberg publicly proposed Kristin Kloster Aasen as his preferred successor last year.

The list means that powerful nations such as Mexico and founding nation Greece are still without an IOC member.

"These nine candidates will add to the huge range of knowledge and experience within the IOC membership," said IOC President Thomas Bach in a statement confirming the additions today.

"In line with Olympic Agenda 2020, the IOC has taken another step towards a more diverse membership, which will continue to drive reform and reflect the world in which we live."


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Rheeza Grant Interview - August 2019 - 2019 Pan Am Games, Lima, Peru

Colin Murray |

2019 Pan Amer­i­can Games

A few fans stopped me to ask what I thought about the West In­dies' per­for­mance so far in the se­ries against In­dia in both the T20's and the ODIs.

DOUBLE GOLD MEDALLIST! Nicholas Paul of T&T celebrates beating compatriot Phillip Njisanel, also of T&T, to win the gold medal in the track cycling men's sprint final at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru on August 3. (AP)

2019 Pan Amer­i­can Games

The Pan Amer­i­can Games closed on Sun­day but T&T is still cel­e­brat­ing its his­toric per­for­mance, claim­ing 13 medals, the most ever.

GOLFER Ysabelle Lawrence and martial arts’ Gabrielle Wood brought team TTO’s triumphant performance at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru to an end yesterday, hours before a ceremony closed the curtains to the quadrennial event after more than two weeks of action.

31 July is CANOC day. A message was sent out. That it barely registered or caught the attention of sport stakeholders in the Caribbean is an opportunity not a slight. CANOC must embrace the opportunity to heighten awareness and engage in enhanced outreach to provide information about the organisation.

It is cold in Lima, Peru, host city of the 2019 Pan Am Games. In fact, it is winter here in the South American nation.

I came in for some withering criticism recently for adopting the position, that as painful as it is, the current intolerable crime situation is an opportunity for T&T to recalibrate.

With the one-year countdown to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games officially underway, the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee, (TTOC) has announced that TTO athletes will benefit from a pre-games training camp at the Japan Athlete Training Center Osumi, in Osaki Town, Kagoshima Prefecture, as part of Japan’s Host Town Initiative.

Dylan Carter

Tokyo 2020

National swimmer Dylan Carter has qualified for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan after reaching the semi-final in the 100m freestyle at the 2019 FINA World Aquatics Championships in South Korea.

In this file photo, (from L) TT's Keston Bledman, Emmanuel Callender, Richard Thompson and Marc Burns celebrate after winning silver in the men's 4×100m relay final at the National Stadium during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games on August 22, 2008.

Tokyo 2020

TEAM TTO has been assured of a gold medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. Twelve years after their second place finish at the 2008 Beijing Games, sprinters Richard Thompson, Marc Burns, Emmanuel Callender and Keston Bledman will receive their 4x100m relay gold.


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