Lausanne/Zagreb, 10 June 2020 - Until recently the Croatian President Kolinda Grabar Kitarović was nominated for membership in the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Executive Board and confirmation of her appointment as an individual member of the IOC is expected at the IOC’s video session on 17 July. Besides the former Croatian head of state, two other women have been nominated - Saudi Princess Reema Bandar Al-Saud, Cuban Maria de la Caridad Colón Ruenes and two men - the President of the World Athletics Federation, British Sebastian Coe and Mongolian Battushig Batbold.

- With the selection of the mentioned five IOC candidates, the entire Olympic movement will gain in the terms of valuable skills and expertise, and we will increase the number of female members to 39 – said the IOC President Thomas Bach.

By nominating three female candidates for the leading body, the IOC is once again demonstrating its commitment to promoting gender equality, implementing the recommendation of the Gender Equality Review Project in management positions, aimed at having women represented in 30 percent of decision-making positions by 2020. A few days ago, the IOC announced the composition of its commissions. With a 47.7 percent share of female members in the IOC commissions, the IOC received a concrete result of the Olympic Agenda 2020 reforms.

The President of the Croatian Olympic Committee (COC) Zlatko Mateša welcomed the candidacy of the former Croatian President Kolinda Grabar Kitarović to the Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). With a deep conviction that she will be elected to the leading body of the World Olympism, Mateša pointed out:

- We are very pleased with the possibility that Croatia could have a new representative in the IOC, after the former head of the IOC and active and now Honorary Member of the IOC, Antun Vrdoljak, who made a huge contribution to the creation, recognition and reputation of the Croatian Olympic Committee in the world. Congratulations to Ms. Kolinda Grabar Kitarović on her candidacy, as she was included among the five candidates on the personal proposal of the IOC President Thomas Bach. We believe that membership in this prestigious body will contribute to further affirmation of Croatian sports and protection of its interests. This act is also a great recognition of Croatian sports. (COC/VK)