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

Marisol Casado, president of the International Triathlon Union and one of the three Spanish members of the IOC, you have reasonable options to occupy a position on the Executive Committee of the Olympic body this year or in 2013A 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, serves in office 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 in the IOC Executive and must leave it as soon as he leaves the presidency of the federations.

Although there is room 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 during 2012 he turns 70 years old and will therefore cease to belong to the IOC, which would force him to elect another person to occupy 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 a huge responsibility" to sit on the main governing body of the IOC.

«My name, like that of Pat McQuaid (president of Cycling) sounds, logically, because I am in the Council (directive) of ASOIF, in which we are not so many presidents of federations. Someone else, like Vela's (the Swede Göran Petterson), is turning 70 and must leave the IOC. For one reason or another, I am well aware that a game is being played and that I carry a lot of cards«, Affirmed Casado.

«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 she has against her youth as a member of the IOC, 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, Mexican Mario Vázquez Raña, is retiring this year as an Olympic member. Although it can continue to chair ANOC, this grouping must elect another spokesperson for the Executive.

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

The Executive Committee, 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 Commission of International Relations of the IOC, a decision of the president of the organization, the Belgian Jacques Rogge, which surprised her "pleasantly".

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

Another of the tasks of the Spanish leader in the coming months will be to support Madrid's Olympic bid 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, passing the cut comfortably with the 2012 and 2016 projects. Getting votes is a very hard job 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 time of warmthd ”, he stressed.

«But we need a 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 Games venue.


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