After missing out on being elected to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Athletes’ Commission last September, Alistair Brownlee succeeded this time. Last year, the former Olympic Champion finished in sixth place and was just a few votes short of being elected to the four elected athletes, but this year he will be joining the important position.
Brownlee was chosen along with American track and field star Allyson Felix, Canadian sprinter/bobsledder Oluyyesi Smith and Afghan cyclist Masomah Ali Zada. The election is based on votes from other elite athletes.
Brownlee is more than happy with his nomination. “It’s an honour to be appointed to the IOC Athletes’ Commission. I am a product of the Olympic movement; watching the first ever Olympic Triathlon in Sydney inspired me to dream and work hard towards those dreams.”
“It will be a privilege to represent the athlete’s of the Olympic movement and play a small part in helping to realise the dream’s of more young people.”
World Triathlon President Marisol Casado congratulates Brownlee on his appointment. “His voice, and the voice of all triathletes around the world, will be taken even more into consideration, and is again the proof that our sport has a strong presence in the Olympic movement.”
“Our most sincere congratulations, from myself and on behalf of all the Triathlon Family, to Alistair for this excellent achievement. I’m sure his commitment with the Movement will be extraordinary and will help us all to continue growing.”