— Published 17 October 2023

Al Hussein stays, Coventry returns

A change of cast on the IOC Executive Board. Meeting in Mumbai since the previous day, the 141st IOC Session was invited on Monday October 16 to elect two of its members. It didn’t really have to choose, as only two candidates were nominated. Already in place since 2019, Prince Feisal Al Hussein of Jordan (pictured above) was re-elected for a second four-year term. He received 71 votes in favor and 8 against. The other candidate, former Zimbabwean swimmer Kirsty Coventry, was also unopposed. Unsurprisingly, the session granted her its confidence in almost identical proportions (71 votes for, 9 against), also for a four-year term. She will replace the Moroccan Nawal El-Moutawakel, whose term has come to an end. Kirsty Coventry had previously served on the Executive Board, between 2018 and 2021, as President of the Athletes’ Commission. On Monday October 16, the 141st Session also extended seven IOC members, all of whom had reached the end of their eight-year terms: Nawal El Moutawakel, Albert of Monaco, the Grand Duke of Luxembourg, Ukrainian Valeriy Borzov, Gunilla Lindberg of Sweden, Syed Shahid Ali of Pakistan, and Serbian Nenad Lalović.