Former Zimbabwe Olympic champion and record-holder Kirsty Coventry. Photo: IOC

PYEONGCHANG – Zimbabwean Olympic swimmer Kirsty Coventry has been announced as the next chair of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Athletes' Commission.

Five-time Olympian Coventry has been a member of the IOC Athletes’ Commission since 2012, and has played a significant role in developing the Commission’s new strategy, which was presented by the current Chair, Angela Ruggiero, at the International Athletes’ Forum last November. 

Talking after the meeting, Coventry underlined her desire to continue to build and implement the strategy, which seeks to empower athlete participation in the Olympic Movement decision-making process and support athletes’ development in their sporting and non-sporting careers. 

“The main objectives I would like to focus on are the implementation of this great strategy that we have all worked so hard to bring together,” said Coventry. 

“We also need to ensure we continue to improve and be proactive with our communications. This will help us to build a stronger global athlete community that is truly reflective of the athlete representatives.” 

African News Agency (ANA)


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