The sixth Assembly of the European Athletes saw more than 70 athletes and National Olympic Committee (NOC) representatives gather in Dubrovnik to elect a new AC.

Eight members, six representing summer sports and two representing winter sports, were elected to the AC.

Gerd Kanter of Estonia was re-elected as Chair of the Commission for another two-year term.

More than 70 athletes and NOC representatives attended the sixth Assembly of the European Athletes in Dubrovnik and took part in the EOC AC elections, appointing eight members to two- and four-year terms on the Commission, in sections for both summer and winter sports.

The EOC Executive Committee will select the final two athletes to serve on the 10-member Commission.

A total of 17 candidates put themselves forward, with taekwondo athlete Gwladys Épangue of France and Croatian high jump star Blanka Vlašić finishing joint top with 35 votes each.

Russian figure skater Jonathan Guerreiro, a former world junior ice dance champion, was elected Vice-Chair for a four-year term.

Re-elected EOC AC Chair Gerd Kanter, who won a gold medal for Estonia in discus at Beijing 2008, joined his IOC AC counterpart Emma Terho to outline their vision for continuing to encourage and expand member participation and representation.

EOC President Spyros Capralos called on the elected athletes to be the voice of their peers and ensure that athletes remain at the heart of discussions and decision-making processes.

“This includes working with us on the planning and implementation of the European Games, the continent’s leading multisport event,” Capralos said.

“It means joining the fight against doping, championing gender equality in sport, and assisting with the transition from athletic to post-athletic careers. All of this requires your valuable expertise, your viewpoints, your say.”

The eight members elected were Gwladys Épangue (France, Taekwondo), Blanka Vlašić (Croatia, Athletics), Alistair Brownlee (Great Britain, Triathlon), Alexandra Longova (Slovakia, Archery), Gerd Kanter (Estonia, Athletics), and Pavlos Kagialis (Greece, Sailing) representing summer Olympic athletes, and Jonathan Guerreiro (Russia, Figure Skating) and Viktor Knoch (Hungary, Short Track) for Winter Olympic athletes.


Your election means joining the fight against doping, championing gender equality in sport, and assisting with the transition from athletic to post-athletic careers.

EOC President Spyros Capralos

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