2012 London Olympics: Zimbabwe’s Kirsty Coventry Named to IOC Athletes’ Commission

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LONDON, England, August 11. ZIMBABWE's Kirsty Coventry has been elected to the International Olympic Committee Athletes' Commission. Olympic athletes who are elected to the Commission take on eight-year terms as representatives for all athletes in the Olympic movement.

Coventry joins Slovakia's Danka Bartekova (shooting), Australia's James Tomkins (rowing) and France's Tony Estanguet (canoeing) as newly-elected members of the Commission.

The voting was not without controversy as two candidates were disqualified for breaking IOC rules against campaigning too hard for the positions. Japanese hammer thrower Koji Murofushi and Taiwanese Tae Kwon Do fighter Chu Mu-yen are the two that were disqualified. Serbia's Milorad Cavic was also one of 21 candidates for positions on the IOC Athletes Commission.

The election victory comes a day after Coventry became engaged to her boyfriend.

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