Anita DeFrantz has been elected to her second term as vice president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), returning 20 years after her first.
The Philadelphia-born Olympic rower was awarded a lifetime membership to the IOC in 1985, and served as the organisation’s first female vice president from 1997 to 2001. She captained the American rowing team during the 1976 Summer Olympics, coming away with bronze in the women’s eight.
DeFrantz has been a member of the IOC’s executive board for 14 of the past 25 years, and replaces John Coates, who stood down from his position but was reinstated as an individual member so that he remains chairman of the Tokyo 2020 Coordination Commission.
The American also sits on the board of the Al Oerter Foundation (AOF), which runs the Art of the Olympian (AUTO) organisation promoting Olympic values through cultural and educational programs.
Robin Mitchell of Fiji, Nicole Hoevertsz of Aruba and Denis Oswald of Switzerland were also elected to the IOC executive board on Friday, where six candidates were reportedly vying for three spots.
“I can tell you without qualification that I am dedicated to the Olympic Movement, to you all and to making sure the Olympic Movement flourishes,” said DeFrantz.
The new vice presidential election comes after a series of positions were announced this week at the IOC’s 131st Session in Lima, Peru, where the committee officially awarded the 2024 Olympics to Paris and the 2028 Olympics to Los Angeles in an historic double nomination.