NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 8 – The National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) has nominated former Shujaa ace Humphrey Kayange to vie for a place in the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Athletes’ Commission in July this year.
Kayange, who is the athletes’ representative at NOCK had his nomination approved by the IOC on December 5 and will contest in the elections to be conducted during the Tokyo Olympics.
If successful, Kayange will serve at the international body for a period of eight years. The candidates vying for these positions come from five continents and represent different sports.
Four places will be filled at the election to replace outgoing Commission members whose eight-year terms come to an end this year.
The 37-year old retired rugby icon was part of Team Kenya in the Rio 2016 Olympics where Rugby 7s was for the first time included in the Olympic games, something Kayange had been on the forefront in advocating for.
Kayange was nominated for IRB Sevens Player of the Year in 2009 and in 2010 was awarded the Presidential Order of Golden Warrior (OGW) for services in sport.
The IOC Athletes’ Commission comprises members elected by athletes to represent them in the Olympic Movement. Through them, the views of the athletes are represented and resources to assist athletes are shared.
The current chairperson of the commission is Zimbabwean Kirsty Coventry who is also the country’s Sports Minister.
The campaigns start immediately and candidates will be able to promote their candidature to fellow athletes.
All accredited athletes who will be participating in the Olympic Summer Games Tokyo 2020 will be eligible to vote.