World champs medalist Dacres up for spot on IOC Athletes Commission

By December 05, 2019

Fedrick Dacres, the 2019 World Championships discus silver medallist and Olympic swimmer Julian Fletcher, are the two Caribbean athletes among 30 vying for four spots on the International Olympic Committee’s Athletes Commission.

Polling will take place between July 14 and August 4, 2020.

The IOC Athletes' Commission was established to ensure that the athletes' viewpoint remains at the heart of Olympic Movement decisions. Their responsibilities include empowering athlete representation in the Olympic movement decision-making processes, supporting athlete development in their sporting and non-sporting careers, promoting athlete involvement in the decision-making process across the Olympic movement and ensuring athlete representation in the Olympic Movement decision-making.

Dacres, the 2018 Diamond League champion, is currently getting his Master’s degree in Sociology from the University of the West Indies.

Meanwhile, Fletcher represented his Bermuda at the 2016 Rio Olympics. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Physiology and a Master’s in Sports Management.

Both will be vying to fill positions that will be vacated by IOC AC Chair Kirsty Coventry (Zimbabwe), Vice-Chair Danka Bartekova (Slovakia), Tony Estanguet (France) and James Tomkins (Australia). In addition, an appointed member of the Commission, Stefan Holm (Sweden), will also end his term in 2020.

Also, among the 30 candidates is NBA basketball player Pau Gasol.

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