The Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will propose the President of CONI, Giovanni Malagò and other 8 new Members for election at the IOC Session ahead of the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires in October.
Five of these nine proposed new Members are Individual Members. Amongst these five are three women and two men, , inclusing Malagò.
In line with Olympic Agenda 2020, the IOC's strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement, the IOC Members Election Commission, chaired by HRH The Princess Royal, proposed these five to the EB following a targeted recruitment process guided by a specific set of criteria.
Four of the nine new proposed Members, in accordance with the Olympic Charter, are representatives of the constituents of the Olympic Movement: the National Olympic Committees (NOCs), the International Federations (IFs) and organisations recognised by the IOC. These four have been chosen in close consultation with the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) and the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF).
These nine candidates offer various skillsets and come from backgrounds as diverse as sport, communications, business administration, international relations, women's advocacy, finance, social welfare, economics and NGOs. All of them can bring skills and experience needed by the IOC, and aim to further strengthen the ranks of the Olympic Movement in the years to come.
All proposed members have been vetted by the IOC Ethics Commission, which has conducted integrity checks.
The nine candidates are:
Five proposed Individual Members:
(Female, Lithuania, President of the Lithuanian Olympic Committee, 23.12.1965)
(Female, Rwanda, 1st Vice-President of the Rwandan Olympic Committee, 09.03.1958)
Camilo Pérez Lopéz Moreira
(Male, Paraguay, President of the Paraguayan Olympic Committee, 31.03.1969)
(Male, Italy, President of the Italian Olympic Committee, 13.03.1959)
(Female, Afghanistan, 31.03.1994)
Two proposed Members whose candidatures are linked to a function within an NOC or world or continental association of NOCs:
William Frederick Blick
(Male, Uganda, President of the Ugandan Olympic Committee, 17.10.1974)
HRH Prince Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck
(Male, Bhutan, President of the Bhutanese Olympic Committee, 16.07.1984)
Two proposed Members whose candidatures are linked to a function within an IF or association of IFs, or an organisation recognised by the IOC:
(Male, Japan, President of the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG), 21.02.1959)
(Male, Brazil, President of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), 10.02.1977)
IOC President Thomas Bach said: "In line with the recommendations of Olympic Agenda 2020, the IOC is constantly aiming at a more diverse and inclusive membership. The Olympic Movement would benefit significantly from the expertise of these nine candidates that we are proposing to the next IOC Session. Their extensive knowledge of the sports movement will add extra strength and experience to the universal college of IOC members."
The addition of nine new Members would bring the total number of IOC Members to 106. The 133rd IOC Session is scheduled to take place from 8 to 9 October 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
CONI President Giovanni Malagò said: "Malagò: “It is a great honor for me. I thank President Bach for the trust he has placed in me. It is a recognition for my country and for the world of sport that I have always loved and that I will continue to love forever. It will be a role that will allow me to be even closer to the great challenges facing Italy at an international level”.