Colombia's Luis Alberto Moreno is among eight new names nominated for IOC membership ©Wikipedia

Colombia's Luis Alberto Moreno, President of the Inter-American Development Bank, South African film producer Anant Singh and Indian business leader Nita Ambani are among eight new names who has been proposed for membership of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) here today.

There are no places, however, for Gianni Infantino and Sebastian Coe, the newly-elected Presidents of FIFA and the International Association of Athletics Federations. 

It leaves football and athletics without an official representative on the IOC following the retirements of Sepp Blatter and Lamine Diack, who had both previously been members.

Infantino and Coe have been told by IOC President Thomas Bach that they must wait until at least next year before they can be considered. 

The eight people put forward today will be officially voted on during the IOC Session, which is due to take place in Rio de Janeiro between August 1 and 4. 

It will take the total number of members to 99.

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South African film producer Anant Singh, who has produced several anti-apartheid films, is set to be made a member of the International Olympic Committee in August ©Getty Images

Moreno, Singh and Ambani have been identified by the IOC Members Election Commission chaired by Britain's Princess Royal as ideal candidates from outside the Olympic Movement to help bring a fresh perspective to the issues it currently faces. 

Recommendation 38 of Olympic Agenda 2020 was to "enable the IOC Session to be composed of Members with different sets of skills and knowledge while ensuring the necessary balance in terms of gender and geography".

Moreno, 63, was named Colombia's Ambassador to the United States in 1998.

Moreno, was born in Philadelphia  and educated in America, oversaw a dramatic improvement in Colombian-US relations during his tenure in Washington.

His most notable achievement was the successful effort to build strong bipartisan support in the United States Congress for passage of more than $4 billion (£3 billion/€3.5 billion) in US assistance programmes for Colombia.

Moreno was elected President of the Inter-American Development Bank, the largest source of development financing for Latin America and the Caribbean, in 2005. 

The 60-year-old Singh is recognised as South Africa’s pre-eminent film producer, having produced 65 films since 1984.

He is responsible for many anti-apartheid films made in South Africa, including Place Of Weeping, Sarafina! and Cry, the Beloved Country.

Nelson Mandela called him “a producer I respect very much…a man of tremendous ability” when he granted him the film rights to his autobiography, Long Walk To Freedom.

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Businesswoman Nita Ambani, the owner of IPL side Mumbai Indians, is among eight people recommended for membership of the International Olympic Committee ©Getty Images

Ambani, 52, is the chairperson and founder of Reliance Foundation, one of the largest private foundations in India whose objective is to promote sustainable growth in the country.

She is a well-know art collector and owner of Indian Premier League cricket team Mumbai Indians.

"These eight candidates that we are proposing to the next IOC Session are a strong and varied group of individuals that are experts in their respective fields and will make great contributions,” said Bach.

“They have been vetted by new criteria in keeping with the recommendations of Olympic Agenda 2020.

"These candidates will add extra strength and diversity to our already universal orchestra of IOC members."

The IOC Executive Board has also nominated five other new members.

They are headed by Ivo Ferriani, the 56-year-old Italian who is President of the International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation.

Also recommended for membership are another three women.

They include Finland's Sari Essayah, a former race walker, who was winner of the 10 kilometres at the 1993 World Championships in Stuttgart.

The 49-yer-old is the head of the Finnish Christian Democrats party and unsuccessfully stood for the President of Finland in 2012. 

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Former Finnish race walker Sari Essayah, winner of the 10km at the 1993 World Championships in Stuttgart, is set to become a member of the International Olympic Committee ©Getty Images

Essayah will be joined by Tricia Smith, the 59-year-old President of the Canadian Olympic Committee.

She is a former rower who was  Olympic silver medallist in the coxless pairs at Los Angeles and Commonwealth Games champion in the coxless four at Edinburgh 1986. 

The list of new female candidates is 45-year-old Auvita Rapilla, secretary general of the Papua New Guinea Olympic Committee, who was the winner of the IOC Oceania Women in Sport award in 2009.  

The list is completed by the 59-year-old Karl Stoss, President of the Austrian Olympic Committee and managing director of Casinos Austria AG,  a gaming corporation that owns and operates casinos around the globe and is one of largest gambling companies in the world.

A total of 24 individuals are also standing for four positions on the IOC Athletes' Commission ahead of elections due to be held during Rio 2016. 

Candidates include pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva, a double Olympic gold medallist, who faces the prospect of missing Rio 2016 following Russia's suspension by the IAAF  after allegations of state-supported doping.

Five members are due to step-down, including current chair Claudia Bokel from Germany, having completed their eight-year terms. 

The members elected to join the IOC Athletes' Commission are due to be announced at the end of Rio 2016. 

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