Slovakia’s Danka Bartekova has become the youngest-ever chair of an International Olympic Committee (IOC) Coordination Commission after being appointed as head of a six-member team which will oversee preparations for Lausanne 2020.
Bartekova, winner of an Olympic bronze medal at London 2012 in skeet shooting, will be tasked with leading the Commission which is aimed at guiding the Swiss city in their preparations for the third edition of the Winter Youth Olympic Games.
Currently the youngest IOC member at 31-years-old, Bartekova, a member of the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games Coordination Commission, is set to be joined by an experienced team, which the IOC claim, will act as a link between Lausanne 2020 and stakeholders in the Olympic Movement.
Ukraine’s Sergey Bubka, chair of the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympics Coordination Commission, and Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark have also been named on the Commission, taking the number of IOC members on the team to three.
Nese Gündogan, secretary general of the Turkish Olympic Committee and member of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) Executive Council, International Ski Federation (FIS) secretary general Sarah Lewis and Tomas Holmestad, chief executive of the Lillehammer 2016 Winter Youth Olympics, complete the line-up of the Commission.
The IOC believe the Commission represents all the stakeholders of the Olympic Movement including athletes, National Olympic Committees and International Federations.
“This youthful Commission will be very much aligned with the youthful sports-loving spirit of the City of Lausanne,” IOC President Thomas Bach said following the appointments.
“The philosophy of these Youth Olympic Games, with their close link between sport and education, will be a perfect fit for the Olympic Capital.”
Lausanne, home to the IOC headquarters since 1915, was confirmed as the host for 2020 during the IOC Session in July, having beaten Romanian city Brasov by 71 votes to 10.
Their bid was praised for its good use of existing, temporary and demountable venues and was the overwhelming favourite ahead of the vote, which took place in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur.
The first meeting of the Commission is not due to take place until October 2016.
A review of sports and disciplines will also be held after Lillehammer 2016, scheduled to take place from February 12 to 21, with the overall list of events for Lausanne to be completed three years before the Games begin.
A total of 1,000 teenage athletes are expected to compete at Lausanne 2020, currently scheduled for between January 10 and 19.
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