Marisol Casado can be part of the Executive Commission of the IOC

Marisol Casado, president of the International Triathlon Union and one of the three Spanish members of the IOC, has reasonable options to occupy this year or in 2013 a position in the Executive Commission of the Olympic organization, a possibility that it would be "unconscious" to ignore, she considers, although she will not undertake "an active campaign" to force the process.


The president of the International Association of Summer Olympic Federations (ASOIF), the Swiss Denis Oswald, is serving his term in 2013, but has already resigned to allow his replacement to be elected next May at an assembly to be held in Quebec ( Canada). Oswald has an 'ex officio' position on the IOC Executive and must leave it as soon as he leaves the presidency of the federations.

Although there is a margin until May 7, the Italian Francesco Ricci Bitti, president of the Tennis International, is the only leader who has so far shown his colleagues his intention to preside over ASOIF. But in 2012 he turns 70 and will therefore cease to belong to the IOC, which would force the election of another person to fill the ASOIF position on the IOC Executive Commission.

It is in this position that Marisol Casado could fit, who supports the option of Ricci Bitti for the presidency of the association of federations and wants the Italian to propose his candidate to represent them in the IOC Executive. It would probably be from 2013, although the deadlines for Oswald's departure are yet to be specified.

Casado admitted to the Efe agency that "in this move" she has "options" and that for her it would be "a great honor and an enormous responsibility" to sit on the main governing body of the IOC.

"My name, like that of Pat McQuaid (Cycling President) sounds, logically, because I am on the ASOIF (Directive) Council, in which we are not so many presidents of federations. Someone else, like Vela's (Swede Göran Petterson), turns 70 and must leave the IOC. For one reason or another, I am very aware that a game is being played and that I have a lot of cards."said Married.

"I am not in active campaign", he stressed, "but not being alert would be unconscious".

Being a woman plays in favor of Casado -currently there are only two in an Executive of fifteen people-, but her youth as a member of the IOC is against her, since she entered in 2010.

The renewal of the ASOIF representative in the IOC Executive coincides with a similar process in the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC), whose president, the Mexican Mario Vázquez Raña, retires this year as an Olympic member. Although he can continue to preside over ANOC, this group must choose another spokesman for the Executive.

The new members proposed to enter the Executive must, in any case, be ratified by the IOC plenary assembly, which this year is held on the eve of the London Olympic Games.

The Executive Commission, with the composition that will last until the London Games, meets today and tomorrow in Lausanne (Switzerland) to review the preparation of the next Games and review the work of its working groups.

Marisol Casado was included last week in the International Relations Commission of the IOC, a decision by the president of the organization, the Belgian Jacques Rogge, which "pleasantly" surprised her.

"I am very happy to have been included in this commission because it brings together a very important group of IOC members. I really think that the commissions and other jobs that Rogge entrusts to us are tools that the president has to point out the peopleYes,” Casado said.

Another of the tasks of the Spanish leader in the coming months will be support for Madrid's Olympic candidacy for the 2002 Games, more intensely from May if the city, as expected, passes the first cut.

"Madrid has to focus a lot on the international campaign. He has the rest, as he has shown by comfortably passing the cut with the projects of 2012 and 2016. Getting votes is very hard work and now, with three Spaniards in the IOC, the situation in principle is better than in the past", argument.

Casado considers that the condition of herself and José Perurena as presidents of international federations (triathlon and canoeing) is "double-edged weapon” in his work in favor of the candidacy.

"On the one hand we are very busy, we have little time, but on the other we have permanent contact with many members of the IOC. The time we dedicate to the candidacy will be a quality timed," he stressed.

"But we need very clear coordination from Madrid 2020"He added. "If we can work together, we will succeed".

Istanbul, Baku, Doha and Tokyo are Madrid's rivals for the venue of the Games.


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