Ban Ki-moon has been elected as the new chairman of the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) ethics commission at the 131st IOC Session in Lima, Peru.
The South Korean, who served as the eighth secretary general of the United Nations (UN) between 2007 and 2016, will take over from Senegal’s Youssoupha Ndiaye, who has held the position since February 2007.
A total of 78 votes were cast by members of the IOC on the second day of the session, with 74 in favour and four against. 73-year-old Ban will serve in the role until at least 2021.
Joining Ban on the ethics commission will be Robin Mitchell, Angela Ruggiero, Samuel Schmid and Hanqin Xue, all of whom were also elected in the same ballot.
Speaking during his acceptance speech, Ban said: “I would like to express my sincerest gratitude for electing me as chairman of the ethics commission. I accept this serious responsibility.
“I believe that ethics is essential to any successful organisation and that is why I did everything possible to strengthen the culture of ethics at the UN. I promoted transparency and accountability and tried to lead by the best example.
“I am truly humbled to have this opportunity to serve you and the IOC through this work. I am honoured to serve the international community to further promote the importance of good governance and transparency within the IOC. I thank you all for your leadership and commitment.”