Coates to be elected IOC Vice President unopposed
10 September 2013
AOC: John Coates will be elected International Olympic Committee Vice President unopposed after his rival; Sami Moudallah from Syria withdrew from the race today.
Coates, the President of the Australian Olympic Committee, joined the IOC in 2001 after playing a key role in winning and then staging the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
The vote will take place Wednesday morning at the 125th Session of the International Olympic Committee in Buenos Aires, Argentina. His election will follow the election of the new IOC President where there are six candidates.
“I am truly honoured that none of my colleagues have chosen to stand against me and looking forward to supporting our new President and ultimately the athletes we represent,” Coates said from the IOC Session in Buenos Aires.
“I thank my senior IOC colleague, Kevan Gosper and my AOC Executive for the encouragement and support they have given me. Kevan is the only other Australian to have held the position and his support and continuing wise counsel means a great deal to me.”
Gosper, who was spent 17 years on the Board, congratulated Coates and said, “It is a great privilege for us to have a Vice President of the IOC who is an Australian.”
Coates has been a member of the IOC Executive Board since 2009 and sits on the Juridical Commission and the TV Rights & New Media Commission.
He is the President of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
He served on the Coordination Commission for the 2012 London Olympics assisting Lord Sebastian Coe and the Chairman of the British Olympic Association, Lord Colin Moyinhan, organise an outstanding Olympics.
The Sydney 2000 Olympics were described as the “best Olympics ever” by the then IOC President, Juan Antonio Samaranch. Coates was awarded the Olympic Order in gold following those Games.
At that time he also negotiated a windfall of $90m for the Australian Olympic Foundation (AOF) which is used to benefit Australia’s Olympic athletes as they chase their dream to compete at the Games.
His sport is rowing... starting as a cox at Homebush High School in Sydney, but making his mark as an administrator. From Rowing Manager at the 1976 Montreal Games to AOC President and Chef de Mission of the Australian Olympic Team at six Olympic Games from 1988 to 2008.