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Qatari Olympic medal winner aims for IOC role

Shooter Nasser bin Saleh Al Attiyah is bidding for seat on IOC Athletes Commission

Qatari Olympic medal winner aims for IOC role
Qatari shooter Nasser al-Attiya (AFP/Getty Images).

Qatari Olympic bronze winning shooter Nasser bin Saleh Al Attiyah will find out on Thursday whether he has been successful in his bid to be elected to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Athletes Commission, it was reported on Wednesday.

Al Attiyah, who won a bronze medal in the skeet competition at the London Olympic Games last week, is one of 21 candidates competing to be elected to the four member IOC Athletes Commission.

“This is very important to me,” Al Attiyah told the Tribune News Network in London. “I want to be part of this commission and hopefully I would be one of the four new athletes on the Commission,” he added.

The body will represent the interests of athletes taking part in the Olympic Games and will serve for an eight-year term of office.

“The athletes have their own Commission whose role is to make sure their interests are protected. I am very interested to be part of this set up as I have been an international sports personality for over two decades now,” the 41- year-old Qatari said.

“If I am elected, I will try to ensure I provide all the input that I can for a better future for athletes and the Olympic Games,” Attiyah added.

The four winning candidates will be announced on August 9 at 2pm at the Village Media Centre in the London Olympic Village and will take up office on August 12.

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