Estanguet Elected as Vice-Chair for IOC Athletes Commission

Tony Estanguet (FRA) has been elected as the Vice-Chair of the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Athletes Commission following a joint meeting between the IOC Executive Board and Athletes Commission on the 1st August.

Estanguet, who is a three-time Canoe Slalom Olympic Champion, has had a meteoric rise in the world of sport administration after bowing out of competition with gold at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The 38-year-old was elected as an IOC Athletes Commission member in 2013 and currently sits on two other commissions at the IOC –  Sustainability and Legacy, and Olympic Solidarity.

At the same meeting, the American Ice Hockey Olympic Champion, Angela Ruggiero was elected as the new IOC Athletes Committee Chair, replacing the outgoing Chair, Claudia Bokel.

Talking about his appointment, Estanguet said, “I’m exceptionally excited and honoured to have been elected as Vice-Chair of this commission.

 “As a former athlete I understand and know how important it is that our views and vision for the future of the Olympic movement are represented at the highest level within the IOC.

“I congratulate Angela [Ruggiero] on her appointment and also would like to say thank you to Claudia [Bokel] for her exceptional work during her time with the commission.”

Estanget also continues to work within the sport of canoeing and was elected as 3rd Vice President and Executive Committee Member at the 2014 International Canoe Federation Congress.

In addition, the canoe slalom champion is a member of the Athlete Committee of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). However, perhaps his most notable appointment is as Co-President of the Paris bid for the summer Olympics in 2024 alongside Bernard Lapasset.

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