Scott Elected To IOC Athletes' Commission
February 23, 2006
TURIN - The International Olympic Committee (IOC)
announced today that Canadian cross-country skier Beckie Scott (Vermilion,
Alta.) was one of two Olympians elected to the IOC's Athletes' Commission
for an eight-year term. Finnish ice hockey player Saku Koivu was
During the 16-day election period from February 8 to 23, Scott
received the highest number of votes amongst the 15 candidates with
a total of 449. Runner-up Koivu received 412 votes. A total of 2003
athletes - a record number - voted in the election, representing
78.2% of all eligible voters.
"I'm absolutely flattered to have been voted by my peers to
represent them in this prestigious role," said Scott. "I
look forward to working for all of the athletes, and doing my best
for them. I think it is really important to have a Canadian voice
on the IOC Athletes' Commission. Canadians are well respected worldwide,
and bring a lot of what is good in sport and expected
at the Olympic Games including sportsmanship and fair play."
As a member of the IOC Athletes' Commission, Scott will gain IOC
membership status following formal approval by the IOC Board on
Sunday. She will become Canada's second IOC member, joining Richard
Pound of Montreal.
A two-time Olympic medallist and three-time Olympian, Scott became
the first North American woman to win an Olympic medal in cross-country
skiing when she captured gold in the five-kilometre pursuit race
at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City. She won a silver
medal with Sara Renner in the women's team sprint event on February
14 in Turin at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games.
An advocate of drug-free sport, Scott is also Canada's current
representative on the World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) newly formed
Athlete Committee. As a member of the 13-person committee, Scott
works with fellow international lobbyists to allow WADA closer contact
with athletes and to give the agency better insight into its questions
and concerns regarding doping.
"We're absolutely thrilled that Beckie's peers have elected
her to represent them as a member of the IOC Athletes' Commission,"
said Canadian Olympic Committee Director of Athlete and Community
Relations Chris Farstad. "As an IOC member, Beckie will now
be able to participate in influential discussions leading up to
the Olympic Games in Beijing, Vancouver and London while providing
an important voice for Canada's athletes."
Previous Canadian athletes elected to the IOC Athletes' Commission
include Charmaine Crooks (athletics, North Vancouver, B.C.) who
served from 1996-2004 and Ken Read (alpine skiing, Calgary, Alta.)
who served from 1985-1998.
Established in 1981, the IOC Athletes' Commission serves as a link
between the athletes and the IOC. Composed of 19 active and retired
athletes, the commission holds annual meetings and issues recommendations
to the IOC Executive Board with the goal of ensuring that athletes'
needs are met.
Elections for the IOC Athletes' Commission are held during each
Olympic Games. Nominees are voted upon by the Games' entire athlete
delegation in a secret ballot. During the Winter Games, the top
two athletes with the highest number of votes are elected.
Nominations to the IOC Athletes' Commission are announced prior
to each Olympic Games. To be eligible for nomination, athletes must
participated in the previous Olympic Games or the Games during which
the elections occur. In addition, athletes must have a clean doping
offence record throughout their career. The IOC Athletes' Commission
is composed of 12 athletes elected by the athletes and seven athletes
appointed by the IOC President to ensure a balance between regions,
sexes and sports.
The Canadian Olympic Committee is a national, private, not-for-profit
organization committed to sport excellence. It is responsible for
all aspects of Canada's involvement in the Olympic movement, including
Canada's participation in the Olympic and Pan American Games and
a wide variety of programs that promote the Olympic Movement in
Canada through cultural and educational means. For more information,
see the COC website: www.olympic.ca.