Zagreb, October 13th, 2016 – Croatian Olympic Committee’s Athletes’ Commission held on October 13th, 2016 its first session in the new composition consisting of: Snježana Pejčić (Shooting), Barbara Matić (Judo), Lucija Zaninović (Taekwondo), Šime Fantela (Sailing), Damir Martin (Rowing), Mario Todorović (Swimming), Natko Zrnčić Dim (Skiing), Vedrana Malec (Cross Country), Marin Ćubela (Bocce) and Ana Znaor (Kickboxing). Olympic silver medalist and Croatian Olympic Committee’s Vice-President Damir Martin was elected the President of the Athletes’ Commission. Besides him, Snježana Pejčić and Šime Fantela were elected the members of the Croatian Olympic Committee’s Assembly.
In its four-year term, the Commission will consider matters related to the athletes' rights and represent the athletes’ rights and interests in Croatian Olympic Committee’s decision-making and give suggestions and opinions to the bodies of the Croatian Olympic Committee. The topics of special interest at the today's session were health care, solving the status matters, informing athletes about their rights and obligations and education.
The Commission consists of six representatives of summer Olympic sports, two representatives of winter Olympic sports and two representatives of non-Olympic sports, with equal number of male and female athletes.
The candidates for election are proposed by Athletes’ commissions of national sports federations or national sports themselves, if they have not yet established the commission, what only two federations have done so far – the Croatian Shooting Federation and the Croatian Dance Sport Federation. The members are elected by the athletes - participants at the summer and winter Olympic Games, while for the representatives of non-Olympic sports special elections are organized.