BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — The International Olympic Committee has elected nine new members including 24-year-old Samira Asghari, an Afghanistan women’s national basketball team player.
Afghanistan was ineligible to compete at the 2000 Sydney Games because its National Olympic Committee did not follow the Olympic Charter, most notably the Taliban prohibiting female athletes.
By Athens 2004, when Afghanistan returned to the Olympics, it entered female athletes for the first time. It sent one female athlete to each of the last three Summer Olympics, compared to 12 total male athletes among 2008, 2012 and 2016. Asghari is Afghanistan’s first IOC member, according to Olympic historians.
Two more women among the IOC newcomers are Daina Gudzineviciute of Lithuania, a shooting gold medalist at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, and former nurse Felicite Rwemarika of Rwanda.
Six men elected by fellow IOC members are: Camilo Perez (Paraguay), Giovanni Malago (Italy), William Blick (Uganda), Prince Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck (Bhutan), Morinari Watanabe (Japan), Andrew Parsons (Brazil).
The Bhutani prince, who was educated at Choate Rosemary Hall boarding school in Connecticut, joins as another Asian royal family member, Prince Tunku Imran of Malaysia, leaves after reaching the 70-year age limit
IOC members voted bobsled federation president Ivo Ferriani of Italy to their executive board representing winter sports.
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