After 6 years … Rima Bint Bandar will return Saudi Arabia to its Olympic seat
Abdulaziz Al-Faisal congratulates … Bach announces his candidacy for a second term
Saturday – 27 Dhu al-Qi’dah 1441 AH – 18 July 2020 AD No. number [
Prince Abdulaziz Al-Faisal When participating in the 136th International Olympic Games (Middle East) – Princess Rima Bint Bandar will continue the session yesterday (Middle East)
Riyadh: Fahad Al-Essa
Princess Rima Bint Bandar Bin Sultan won the membership of the International Olympic Committee after she was elected during the International Olympic Session held on Friday via video.
Prince Abdulaziz Al-Faisal, Minister of Sports and Chairman of the Saudi Olympic Committee, participated in the launching of the 136th International Olympic Games from Lausanne Switzerland, headed by Dr. Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee.
For his part, Prince Abdulaziz Al-Faisal, Saudi Minister of Sports, blessed Prince Rima Bint Bandar as a member of the International Olympic Committee, wishing her success in her career.
On Friday, British International Athletics Federation President Sebastian Coe was elected a member of the International Olympic Committee after being delayed several times.
The International Olympic Committee has also ratified the membership of four other people: Princess Rima Bandar and Kolinda Grabarkitarovi ،, former President of Croatia (between 2015 and 2020), and Cuban Maria de la Caridad Colón Ruines, Olympic champion in the javelin in 1980. And Batoucheg Batbold, President of the Mongolian Olympic Committee .
With Princess Rima Bint Bander’s victory in the elections, Saudi Arabia will regain its international Olympic position after an absence since 2014 when Prince Nawwaf bin Faisal bin Fahd left the international membership with his resignation in that period and the Saudi sports chiefs did not run for the same position in subsequent years.
And Princess Rima Bint Bandar will assume very important and big responsibilities after her election to the International Olympic membership, which will allow her to vote on files to host any Olympics in any city, as Prince Nawwaf bin Faisal did, knowing that Prince Nawwaf replaced his late father, Prince Faisal bin Fahd bin Abdulaziz, He became a member of the International Olympic Committee from 1984 until his death in 1999 before Prince Nawwaf bin Faisal was elected the following year to continue in office until 2014.
Princess Rima Bint Bandar will be present alongside leaders, heads of state and princes such as Prince of Monaco and heads of national committees worldwide.
The International Olympic Committee includes more than 100 influential international Olympic members, most notably the Prince of Monaco Albert, the Moroccan Nawal Al-Mutawakkil, the Kuwaiti Sheikh Ahmed Al-Fahad, the Swiss Gianni Infanteino, the German Thomas Bach, and major stars in Olympic sport and sports management worldwide.
Princess Rima held the position of undersecretary at the Ministry of Sports under the name of “Sports Authority” and appointed head of the Saudi Federation for Community Sports, and she had a prominent athletic role in charting the course of women’s sport in Saudi Arabia, and holding events and competitions for girls for the past 3 years.
Despite her work as the Ambassador of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques in the United States of America, she is making contributions to Saudi women’s sports.
On the other hand, German Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee, said he would run for a second and final term in office, and would help lead the Olympic movement to overcome the emerging crisis of the Corona virus pandemic.
Bach led the Olympic Committee in difficult periods, but he received good news when the Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games scheduled in the Japanese capital, Tokyo, announced that all the sites that were equipped to host the activities of this year are ready to host the activities next year, after the Olympics was postponed due to the Corona pandemic.
Bach said at the beginning of the first virtual session of the International Olympic Committee: “If you, the members of the International Olympic Committee, want to run for a second term in the presidency of the Committee and continue your service and service of the Olympic Movement, which we all love, for another four years.”
The Bach Declaration was welcomed by dozens of IOC members, from outgoing Sergei Bubca, a member of the outgoing Executive Council, and even John Coates, head of the Tokyo Olympics Coordination Committee.
Bach, who was crowned Olympic gold in fencing in 1976. He was elected President of the International Olympic Committee in 2013 to take over as successor to the Belgian Jacques Rogge.
According to the rules of the International Olympic Committee, the president’s first term lasts eight years and can run for a second four-year term.
Bach is seeking to run for the second term during the Olympic Committee conference scheduled in 2021 before the Tokyo Olympics, which was postponed from this year to next year due to the Corona pandemic.
Bach described the establishment of the Tokyo Olympics as a “huge task” and reiterated that the Committee, as well as the Organizing Committee for the Olympics in Tokyo, are planning “multiple scenarios”, while putting everyone’s safety a top priority.
“Nobody knows today what the world will look like in July and August of next year,” Bach said. So we have to prepare for the various scenarios regarding that Olympics. ”
He added, “We agreed with our partners and friends in Japan that we must prepare plans according to the requirements of the global crisis, while maintaining the exceptional spirit and mission of our mission.”
He added, “Together with the Organizing Committee, we can turn this deferred Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 into an unprecedented celebration of the unity and solidarity of mankind, and make it a symbol of flexibility and hope.”