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Barbara Kendall
Posted On:  24/04/2005

The IOC Executive Board started its second day of meeting in Berlin, Germany by accepting the candidature of New Zealandís windsurfing legend and 1992 Olympic champion, Barbara Kendall.

Kendall took on Australian swimmer, Susie O'Neill's position on the Athletes' Commission after O'Neill resigned earlier this year. She was put forward by the Nominations Commission as she was the athlete from Oceania who received the highest number of votes after O'Neill in the election to the Athletes' Commission in Sydney.

The Athletesí Commission is the link between active athletes and the International Olympic Committee. The 19 person group is made up of active and retired athletes who meet regularly with the IOC Executive Board, to which it issues recommendations. The Commission forms working groups to work in liaison with the Organising Committees for the Olympic Games to ensure that the athletesí needs are met. The vote for Kendallís proposed membership of the IOC will take place at the 117th IOC Session in July.

Olympic Gold Medal winner in Barcelona in 1992, Kendall has participated in four Olympic Games including the Athens Games last year. She won silver in Atlanta in 1996 and a bronze medal in Sydney 2000.

The IOC Executive Board is meeting in Berlin during the SportAccord Convention which ends today. Present at the convetion are ISAF President, GŲran Petersson (SWE) and ISAF Secretary General, Arve Sundheim (NOR)
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