Great American sprinter Allyson Felix joins IOC Athletes’ Commission
American sprinter Allyson Felix and a refugee cyclist from Afghanistan joined the International Olympic Committee’s Athletes’ Commission on Thursday.
Felix is the most decorated female track and field athlete in Olympic history with seven gold medals and joins the commission after winning her 14th career world championship title.
Félix came out of retirement last week to run the 4×400 meter relay preliminaries. Team USA then won the final on Sunday at the world championships in Eugene, Oregon.
Afghan-born cyclist Masomah Ali Zada, who competed in the women’s time trial on the IOC Refugee Olympic Team last year in Tokyo, was also named. Ali Zada is currently studying in France and will be the commission’s first refugee athlete.
The other two new members are two-time Olympic triathlon champion Alistair Brownlee of Great Britain and Canadian athlete Oluseyi Smith, who competed in the Summer Olympics in athletics and the Winter Olympics in bobsleigh.
The new members were all appointed to the IOC Athletes’ Commission, made up of a mix of members elected by other athletes and members appointed directly by IOC President Thomas Bach. Only elected members usually also sit on the full IOC, which decides on Olympic host cities and elects a new president to replace Bach in 2025.
“Athletes are at the very heart of the Olympic Movement, and it is therefore essential that their voices are heard within the IOC,” Bach said in a statement. “These voices should be as diverse as possible. The appointment of these four new members of the Athletes’ Commission complements the exceptional skills and experience of the Commission and ensures excellent representation in different sports and regions of the world.
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