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Wednesday, June 10, 2020
World Athletics President to Join IOC

World Athletics President Sebastian Coe is set to become a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) after being proposed by the Executive Board.

IOC President Thomas Bach said Coe, in line to become the first World Athletics head to serve as an IOC member since disgraced predecessor Lamine Diack, had committed to addressing a conflict of interest which had previously prevented him from joining the organisation.

Bach said Coe had agreed to move from managing director of CSM Sport & Entertainment - a role which the IOC Ethics Commission said represented a conflict of interest - to a more "passive position" with the global agency.

Once the double Olympic gold medallist has provided documentation to the Ethics Commission by July 1, "the concerns of the Ethics Commission would be gone," Bach added.

"Because the Executive Board has full confidence in our friend Seb Coe they have decided to put the candidature forward subject to the delivery of such documentation," Bach said.

Coe, whose candidature is linked to his role as World Athletics President, is one of five officials due to be approved as members at the first virtual IOC Session on July 17.

Princess Reema Bandar Al-Saud, Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States, former Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, Cuban Olympic Committee (COC) Board member Maria de la Caridad Colón Ruenes and acting Mongolian National Olympic Committee President Battushig Batbold have also been put forward for individual membership.

The number of IOC members will grow to 105 when they are rubber-stamped by the Session next month.

"With the election of these five candidates, the IOC Session and the entire Olympic Movement would benefit from an extremely valuable range of skills and expertise," Bach said.

"We are also bringing up the female membership to 39."
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