Olympic Games: Won a gold medal in the men’s singles in 2004, a team silver medal in 2012 and a team bronze medal in 2008


Member of the South Korean National Olympic Committee AC


Bachelor of Sports Marketing and Master’s in Social Physical Education at Kyonggi University


Elected to the IOC AC
Why did I want to be a member of the IOC Athletes’ Commission?

After competing at four Olympic Games and winning a gold medal, I wanted to support others in reaching their goals. I want to help athletes to lead constructive and successful lives on and off the field of play, and to get young people to participate more actively in their communities.


Sydney 2000
Athens 2004
Beijing 2008
London 2012

What do the Olympic Games mean to me?

The Olympic Games are the reason why I am here today.

The Games have always been a huge part of my life and I am very grateful to be a part of the Olympic Movement.

Role in the AC

With three Olympic Games in a row being held in Asia, I am using my experience and knowledge of the culture to improve the athlete experience. I am also involved in the development of the IOC’s education platform.



Additional roles in the IOC
  • Member of the Coordination Commission for LA 2028
  • Member of the Olympic Education Commission
  • Member of the Sustainability and Legacy Commission
Getting to know
Seung-min Ryu
Athlete365 is a very good opportunity for the athletes coming from African countries and the smaller countries who don't have a really strong voice. You will feel like you are one family with us.
I'd love the athletes of the world to know a little bit more about the programmes that the IOC has to offer – there's some really terrific advice and programmes that exist on Athlete365.
Athlete365 is a tremendous resource, both to learn about the Olympic Movement but also to develop skills that will help you be successful in your career beyond sport, or to help you give back to your community. I definitely recommend you spend some time getting to know the platform.
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