Two-time Olympic champion in pole vaulting Yelena Isinbayeva elected to the athletes Commission of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
For Russian woman was given 1365 votes. Voting was conducted among athletes, who competed at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. For the four vacant positions in the IOC claimed 23 candidates.
“I did not believe, to be honest. On merit, of course, worthy, but until the last moment did not believe that I am elected” – quoted by the Russian TASS.
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The mandate of Isinbayeva in the athletes ‘ Commission will be eight years, the head of this Commission was previously selected former American ice hockey player Angela Ruggiero.
Russia in the Commission of sportsmen the IOC is also a four-time Olympic champion in swimming Alexander Popov, its powers will expire on August 21.
34-year-old Isinbayeva does not act on the Olympic games in Rio, as Russian athletes were suspended from participation in competitions due to suspension of the national Federation. However, she was allowed to run for the IOC athletes ‘ Commission, despite the fact that she was late with the filing of the application.
“It is very symbolic that she was chosen when it was not allowed before the Olympics. This is the answer to all the athletes for the injustice that she was chosen. It is the victory of Lena Isinbayeva” – leads “R-Sport” review of the head of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) Alexander Zhukov.
Winner of 28 world records on August 19 will meet in Rio de Janeiro a special press conference, which will be devoted to the completion of her professional career.