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Paul Tergat nominated for IOC membership

03 July 2013, 19:01

Geneva - Larry Probst and Alexander Zhukov, Presidents of the United States and Russian Olympic Committees respectively, have both been nominated to become new members of the International Committee (IOC).

Others nominated include Kenya's Paul Tergat, the former world record holder for the marathon, and Sweden's Stefan Holm, the Athens 2004 Olympic high jump champion, the IOC said.

They were all put forward by the IOC's ruling Executive Board, meeting in Lausanne on the eve of the Extraordinary Session.

They will be joined by Octavian Morariu, President of the Romanian Olympic Committee, and Bernard Rajzman, President of Brazil's National Commission of Athletes and a State Congressman,

Others nominated include Philippines' 39-year-old Mikaela Maria Antonia Cojuangco-Jaworski, an equestrian rider who won a gold medal in show jumping at the 2002 Asian Games in Busan and who is now a television host and actress.

Dagmawit Girmay Berhane, secretary general of the Ethiopian Olympic Committee, and Camiel Eurlings, a former Dutch politician who has this month taken over as the new President and chief executive of airline KLM, complete those nominated.

All are expected to be officially endorsed during the IOC Session in Buenos Aires, which is due to be held between September 7 and 10.

The Executive Board also approved the four athletes elected by their peers to the IOC Athletes' Commission at the controversial election during London 2012.

The four are Slovakia's Danka Bartekova from shooting, Australia's James Tomkins from rowing, Zimbabwe's Kirsty Coventry from Zimbabwe from aquatics and France's Tony Estanguet from canoe-kayak.

The election had been marred after two of the original top four, Japanese hammer thrower Koji Murofushi and Chinese Taipei taekwondo player Mu-yen Chu, were disqualified after breaking the IOC's strict election rules.

Both appealed unsuccessfully to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

- Xinhua

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