Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 00:39
The Hellenic Olympic Committee decided to put forward the Olympic champion of athletics Katerina Stefanidi as candidate for the Athletes’ Commission of the International Olympic Committee. The election of the four new members of the Athletes’ Commission will take place during the Tokyo Olympic Games and all candidates will have the right to vote. It is an eight-year term of office for the members of the Commission and the members,after their election, also become members of the International Olympic Committee.
The decision for the candidacy of Katerina Stefanidi was taken by the Athletes Commission of the Hellenic Olympic Committee, as Katerina Stefanidi, apart from being a great athlete, has also demonstrated extraordinary ethos, as the President of the Hellenic Olympic Committee Spyros Capralos underlined. “It is with great joy that we put forward Katerina Stefanidi as candidate for the IOC Athletes’ Commission. Apart from being a great athlete with gold medals in Olympic Games, World and European Championships, she has an excellent character and ethos, while also being extremely popular among her co-athletes, a fact that makes her the best possible candidate for the Athletes’ Commission. Taking into consideration that she is an athlete of athletics, the most popular sport in the Olympic Games, her chances of being elected are extremely high, something that will be a great success for Greece as well, because we will this way have a second IOC member. We, at the Hellenic Olympic Committee, will do our utmost to support her effort to get elected”.
Katerina Stefanidi won the gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games with a jump of 4.85 meters and had also competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics. She is the current World Outdoor (2017), European Outdoor (2018), Diamond League (2019) champion, a European Indoor champion and a two-time World Indoor Championships bronze medalist. Stefanidi has won a total of nine medals in all five major international athletics championships.