— Published 21 July 2021

Kirsty Coventry extends her lease


Kirsty Coventry will remain an IOC member. The former swimmer, current Minister of Sports of Zimbabwe, was supposed to leave the Olympic body in the evening of the closing ceremony of the Tokyo Games, on Sunday, August 8th. She will indeed finish her eight-year mandate – extended by one year because of the postponement of the Games – within the Athletes’ Commission. A mandate started at the London Games in 2012. But the IOC session voted in favor of her status change on Wednesday, July 21st. Current president of the Athletes’ Commission, Kirsty Coventry now becomes an individual member, without time limit. The change was very largely adopted by the Session, with 78 votes in favour, two against and two abstentions. The other members of the Athletes’ Commission elected at the London 2012 Games, including the Frenchman Tony Estanguet, President of the Paris 2024 OCOG, will not benefit from such a preferential regime. They will give up their IOC membership on the last night of the Tokyo Games.