MANILA, Philippines — A Filipino athlete-turned-actress was elected to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board, the highest body in the international sports governing organization.
The 136th session of the IOC, the first-ever virtual session in history, elected Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski, 46, as a member of the IOC executive board. Together with her fellow equestrian, Gerardo Werthein, they will replace Mr Sergey Bubka, whose eight-year term on the Board came to an end, and Mr Ser Miang Ng, whose four-year term came to an end and who was elected Vice-President. Their terms of office will start at the end of the 136th IOC Session.
Jaworski, according to ESPN, has served as the country’s representative to the IOC since 2013. Prior to her election, she had been serving various posts within the IOC, including a member of the Tokyo and Paris Olympics coordinating committee and Commissions for Communications, the Olympic Channel, and Olympic Education.
Her election has resulted to a growth on female representation to 33.3 percent of total membership.
Jaworski was a gold medallist for the jumping individual competition and silver medallist for the jumping team competition in the 2002 Asian Games in Busan, South Korea and at the 2005 South East Asian Games in Manila. The former equestrienne was also champion of the 2011 FEI World Dressage Challenge.
Created on 23 June 1894, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is a non-profit independent international organisation that is the supreme authority of the Olympic Movement. It ensures the regular celebration of the Olympic Games, supports all affiliated member organisations of the Olympic Movement and strongly encourages, by appropriate means, the promotion of the Olympic values.