Mr Ban Ki-moon re-elected as Chair of the IOC Ethics Commission

20 Jul 2021
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Meeting for two days in Tokyo, the IOC Session today re-elected former UN Secretary-General Mr Ban Ki-moon (Republic of Korea) for an additional four-year term as Chair of the IOC Ethics Commission, a role he has held since 2017.  

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The Session also re-elected Mrs Hanqin Xue (People's Republic of China), as a member of the Commission for an additional four-year term. Mrs Xue joined the Commission in 2017.  

Mrs Laura Chinchilla (Costa Rica), who joined the IOC as a Member in 2019, was elected as a new member of the Ethics Commission. 

Chair Ban Ki-moon and Mrs Hanqin Xue have been elected in their capacity as personalities, independent members who are not active, honorary, honour or former IOC Members.

Ms Laura Chinchilla has been elected as Member of the IOC Ethics Commission in her quality as active, honorary, honour or former IOC Member. 

Six International Federations obtain full recognition

Later in the day, the IOC Session approved the recognition of six International Federations (IFs), following the IOC Executive Board (EB)’s recommendation and in accordance with the Olympic Charter.

The IFs concerned are:

  • The International Cheerleading Union (ICU) – provisionally recognised in 2016
  • The International Federation of Muaythai Associations (IFMA) – provisionally recognised in 2016
  • The International Sambo Federation (FIAS) – provisionally recognised in 2018
  • The International Federation Icestocksport (IFI) – provisionally recognised in 2018
  • The World Association of Kickboxing Organisations (WAKO) – provisionally recognised in 2018
  • World Lacrosse (WL) – provisionally recognised in 2018.

The IOC EB proposed full recognition in June 2021, having observed that all six IFs met all the required criteria.

Specifically, their statutes, practice and activities had to be in line with the Olympic Charter. They were also required to adopt and implement the World Anti-Doping Code and the Olympic Movement Code on the Prevention of Manipulation of Competitions.

Additionally, IFs have to maintain independence and autonomy in the governance of their sport and meet the criteria outlined in the recognition procedure for summer and winter sports. The procedure requires having a minimum of 50 affiliated national federations for summer IFs, and 25 affiliated national federations for winter IFs, from at least three continents, that exercise a specific, tangible and ongoing sports activity in the one or more sports (or disciplines) that the IFs administer.

The full list of IOC-recognised IFs can be found here

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