Today during the 133rd Session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), FIG President Morinari Watanabe from Japan was elected and sworn in as new IOC Member. His membership is linked to his function within an International Federation (IF) and his FIG Presidency. ASOIF was closely involved in the consultation process. The Session met from 8 to 9 October in Buenos Aires, Argentina, currently hosting the Youth Olympic Games (YOG).
On the occasion of his election, FIG President Morinari Watanabe said: “I am deeply honoured that the IOC Session today elected me as new IOC member. This choice implies an important recognition of the Gymnastics family in its entirety and its role in the Olympic Movement. It is an opportunity for us to contribute even more to spreading Olympic values and making the world a better place through sport. I am very much looking forward to this important task."
President Watanabe has led the FIG since 1 January 2017. He is the ninth President of the International Gymnastics Federation.
There are eight other new IOC Members who have been sworn in today. The addition of nine new Members brings the total number of IOC Members to 103. Read more here.