Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski new IOC representative
by FFE PH News staff
The International Olympic Committee is adding nine new members among its prestigious group, and the Philippines will be represented anew in the final phase of the 123rd session.
Mikee Cojuangco in Buenos Aires. Photo source: Enrique Marcarian/Reuters
Former equestrian and 2002 Asiad Busan gold medalist Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski will rank among the elite once she gets inducted into the IOC in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Mikee, 39, is the daughter of Jose “Peping” Cojuangco, president of the Philippine Olympic Committee.
The election of new IOC members is one of the last activities in the general assembly. The new members will be welcomed by US Olympic Committee president Larry Probst, Paul Tergat of Kenya, Dagmawit Girmay Berhane of Ethiopia, Camiel Eurlings of the Netherlands, Stefan Holm of Sweden, Octavian Morariu of Romania and Nernard Rajzman of Brazil.
The IOC will also elect a new president after Jacques Rogge stepped down. It is not yet known if the new members will be able to vote.
Mikee is the Philippine’s first former national athlete to represent the country in the IOC. Husband Dodot Jaworski and father Peping Cojuangco are also with her in Buenos Aires.
Ricardo Garcia, chairman of the Philippine Sports Commission, said that Mikee’s election is an honour for the country: “not every country in the world is represented. With Mikee inside the IOC, we have a strong connection and we’ll know the pulse of the IOC.”
She succeeds the 80-year-old member and former Philippine Football Federation president Frank Elizalde who retired in 2012 due to age restrictions. Elizalde joined the IOC in 1985 and will continue to serve as honorary member and chairman of the committee’s nominations commission.
Mikee’s election was in part made possible by Elizalde who had strong connections within the IOC. If she is not removed for any reason, she will serve the committee in the next 40 years until she retires at 80.
Some royal members of the IOC include Prince Albert of Monaco, Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al Sabah of Kuwait, His Royal Highness the Grand Duke of Luxembourg and His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark.