ATHENS – IIHF President René Fasel, who also serves as the president of the Association of the International Olympic Winter Sports Federations (AIOWF), has been nominated to be the winter sports representative on the International Olympic Committee Executive Board.
Members of the seven sports federations which make up the AIOWF came to the decision at their general assembly on Tuesday in Athens. The 15-man Executive Board (EB) is the highest body within the IOC and assumes the ultimate responsibility for the administration of the IOC.
René Fasel, who has been an IOC member since 1995, is set to replace Italy's Ottavio Cinquanta, the president of the International Skating Union, who has occupied the role on the Executive Board since 2000.
The nomination will be considered at the IOC session in Beijing in August. A nomination to the IOC Executive Board traditionally results in the person being elected to the EB.
René Fasel was re-elected on May 21 at the IIHF General Congress in Montreal to serve a fourth successive term as president of the IIHF. Fasel has held the IIHF role since 1994 and he is currently also the chairman of the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games co-ordination committee.
"I am very honoured and humbled by the nomination for this position," said René Fasel following the AIOWF meeting. "Working for at the highest level of the Olympic movement is like a dream come through."