Alistair Brownlee up for election for IOC Athletes’ Commission

Alistair Brownlee takes second at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in 2019. Photo: Kevin Mackinnon

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Alistair Brownlee might not be heading to Tokyo this summer to compete, but his name is on the list of 30 candidates for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Athletes’ Commission (AC). The 30 candidates are from 30 different countries and represent 19 summer sports.

The election for the Athletes’ Commission takes place during the Tokyo 2020 Games and all athletes participating in the Olympics are eligible to vote. The IOC AC is made up of a maximum of 23 members. Of those, 12 are elected by athletes, with up to 11 members appointed “to ensure good balance between regions, gender and sport,” according to the IOC. There is a vote at every Olympic Games, with four members elected at each summer Games, and two elected at each winter Olympiad.

You can find the full list of candidates here.

Alistair Brownlee’s younger brother, Jonathan, will be competing for Great Britain in Tokyo. Alistair’s bid for a fourth Games appearance got derailed due to an injury and after WTCS Leeds he hinted that he would no longer be racing draft-legal events. After the Leeds race he had surgery on his ankle and is planning on focussing on long-distance racing once he has recovered.