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HRH Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck with IOC President Thomas Bach (Photo: IOC)
HRH Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck with IOC President Thomas Bach (Photo: IOC)

BOC President elected as IOC member

The president of Bhutan Olympic Committee (BOC), His Royal Highness Prince Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck was elected as a member of the International Olympic Committee, at the 133rd Session of the International Olympic Committee on October 9 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The session elected new members to the IOC following a proposal by the IOC Executive Board in July 2018. One of the key agendas during the session was the election of nine new members to the IOC. HRH was one of the nominated candidates linked with the functioning of a National Olympic Committee (NOC), the BOC.

Announcing the new memberships, IOC President Thomas Bach said that the Olympic Movement would benefit significantly from the expertise of the new members, and that their extensive knowledge of the sports movement will add extra strength and experience to the universal college of IOC members.

With the addition of the nine new IOC members, the total number of members in the committee stands at 106. There are 206 NOC affiliated with the IOC. The International Olympic Committee members are elected for eight years and their mandate can be renewed.

The HRH led the Bhutanese delegation at the 3rdYouth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina that began from the October 4. During the visit, HRH attended the opening ceremony of the Games on October 6. HRHis His Majesty’s representative and has worked closely with federations and athletes to promote sports in Bhutan.

The Games concluded yesterday.

Staff Reporter

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