— Published 9 June 2021

Two IOC members resign

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Two IOC members have decided to resign, leaving their spots open for two newcomers. Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark and American cross-country skier Kikkan Randall (pictured above) have left their seats. Both cited personal reasons. Their resignations were accepted by the IOC Executive Board, which met on Tuesday, June 8th, for the last time before the Tokyo Games. Prince Frederik, who has been an IOC member since 2009 and was re-elected for a further eight years in 2017, said he wanted to concentrate on his official duties in Denmark. American Kikkan Randall, elected to the Athletes’ Commission at the 2018 Pyeongchang Games, also cited personal reasons. “Unfortunate and unforeseen personal circumstances make it difficult for me to devote the energy and attention necessary to fulfill my role within the IOC at a level consistent with my values,” she wrote in her resignation letter, addressed to Thomas Bach. With these two departures, the IOC now has 101 members. But their seats should not remain empty for long. The Commission for the Election of Members is due to propose a list of names to the Executive Board this week. The two elected members could be inducted during the next session, scheduled to take place in Tokyo before the opening of the Summer Games.