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Industry: BWF boss Hoyer elected to IOC; Yu named Vice President

BWF President Poul-Erik Hoyer (far right) takes the Members' Oath after being elected as the newest member of the International Olympic Committee. Photo: IOC / Ian Jones.

BWF President Poul-Erik Hoyer (far right) takes the Members’ Oath after being elected as the newest member of the International Olympic Committee. Photo: IOC / Ian Jones.

February 8, 2014: Poul-Erik Hoyer, President of the Badminton World Federation (BWF), is the newest member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) after being elected in Sochi, Russia. The 48-year-old Dane was the sole nominee for membership at the 126th Session of the IOC.

 

After being elected, Hoyer was invited to the podium to take the IOC Members’ Oath and was then welcomed to the committee by IOC President Thomas Bach and other members of the IOC Executive Board.

 

IOC President Thomas Bach (left) welcomes Hoyer to the committee.

IOC President Thomas Bach (left) welcomes Hoyer to the committee. Photo: IOC / Ian Jones.

Hoyer, the men’s singles champion at the 1996 Olympics, has been the BWF President since last May when he was elected at the federation’s Annual General Meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The tall Dane was previously President of Badminton Europe.

 

“It is a great honour to have been elected to the IOC and I would humbly like to thank my new colleagues in the IOC for the confidence they have shown in me. I pledge to serve to the best of my ability and to always do my best for the development of sport and to promote the Olympic ideals,” Hoyer said.

 

“As I noted when I was nominated, I have benefited from the Olympic Movement. This is now an opportunity for me to give back. It is obviously also a positive development for badminton and the BWF and – as BWF President – I can say we certainly look forward to contributing more to the IOC.”

 

Hoyer joins fellow BWF Council members, Li Lingwei of China and Dagmawit Girmay Berhane of Ethiopia, in the IOC. Sir Craig Reedie, a former President of the International Badminton Federation – the precursor to the BWF – and a BWF Honorary Life Vice President, is Vice-President of the IOC’s Executive Board.

 

Yu Zaiqing was elected unopposed as an IOC Vice President.

Yu Zaiqing was elected unopposed as an IOC Vice President. Photo: Olympic Council of Asia.

China’s Yu Zaiqing was elected unopposed as an IOC Vice President. Yu, who was the only candidate for the position, joined the IOC in 2000 as a Vice President of the Chinese Olympic Committee, served on the IOC Executive Board from 2004-2008 and as Vice President from 2008 to 2012.

 

“I would like to thank you for your support and trust,” Yu said. “You have given me the opportunity and the responsibility as an IOC Vice President to serve the IOC and work for the movement. I would like to make further efforts and devote my time and energy to promote the Olympic movement in China, the Asian continent and the world.”

 

Bach congratulated the 62-year-old Yu on his election and welcomed him back on to the Executive Board.

 

Although Yu’s appointment does not start officially until the Olympic flame is extinguished on February 23, Bach invited him to participate in IOC Executive Board events as a guest during the Sochi Winter Olympics before his mandate begins.

 

“You are most welcome back in the Executive Board where you have served for eight years with great success. The Executive Board is looking forward to working with you closely,” Bach said.

 

Three IOC members were re-elected for a period of eight years, including HRH Prince Tunku Imran, President of the Olympic Council of Malaysia, having entered the IOC in 2006.

 

Bach said: “I would like to congratulate them and wish them good luck and all the best for their next term as IOC members. I am sure we can count on you.”

 

Sources: BWF, OCA

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