A new chairperson of the IJF Athletes' Commission will be elected during the World Championships ©IJF

A new chair of the International Judo Federation (IJF) Athletes' Commission is set to be chosen during the World Championships here following confirmation that current head Teddy Riner is not standing for re-election.

The Frenchman, head of the Athletes' Committee for Paris 2024 and who is due to bid for a ninth world title here on Saturday (September 2), is not among the list of 17 candidates for places on the Commission published by the IJF.

The double Olympic champion, winner of his last 128 bouts, was appointed to the position during the 2013 World Championships in Rio de Janeiro.

Five judoka will be elected onto the body for the next four-year cycle leading up to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. 

The other four representatives will be chosen by the world governing body.

Voting began at the World Championships here today, which conclude on Sunday (September 3).

An announcement on those who have been successful will be made on the day of the last individual competition on Saturday before they are introduced at the event.

The list of 17 candidates from across all five continents includes two-time bronze Olympic medallist Masashi Ebinuma of Japan, Ukraine's former world champion Georgii Zantaraia and Georgia's Rio 2016 Olympic silver medallist Varlam Liparteliani.

Olympic medallist Anicka van Emden of The Netherlands, left, is among the candidates ©Getty Images
Olympic medallist Anicka van Emden of The Netherlands, left, is among the candidates ©Getty Images

It also includes eight women.

They include Olympic medallists Anicka van Emden of The Netherlands and Germany's Laura Vargas Koch.

European Champion Maryna Slutskaya of Belarus and multiple African Champion Antonia Moreira of Angola are also in the running.

"I think it’s important that there is a linking body between the athletes and [IJF] Executive Committee and that the athletes’ voice is heard," Van Emden, who competes at under 63 kilograms and is a member of the Dutch Olympic Committee*Dutch Sports Federation Athletes Commission, said.

"I am motivated to contribute to the development of judo all over the world and represent all judo players in every subject concerning the sport."

Candidates must have competed at an Olympics or World Championships to be eligible for places on the Commission and must also be over the age of 18.