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Saudi Arabia's Princess Reema bint Bandar confirmed as IOC member

Former head of the Saudi Sports for All Federation will help strengthen and shape the federation's values across health and wellness metrics

Saudi Arabia's Princess Reema bint Bandar confirmed as IOC member

Saudi Princess Reema bint Bandar. Image: Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee

Princess Reema, Saudi Ambassador to the United States, has been confirmed as a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The announcement was made during the IOC’s 136th session at the weekend, where Sebastian Coe, the head of World Athletics, was voted in as a member of the International Olympic Committee

As the Saudi representative to the International Olympic Committee she will help strengthen and shape the federation’s values across health and wellness metrics.

Princess Reema formerly headed the Saudi Sports for All Federation (SFA) and was succeeded by HRH Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed bin Talal in March 2019.

During both their tenures, several hundred thousand Saudis joined in the SFA’s drive for participation in physical fitness across the Kingdom.

Thomas Bach, president, IOC presided over the announcement virtually at 136th session of the IOC with other newly confirmed members on July 17.

In addition to Princess Reema, the IOC confirmed four other IOC Members taking the number of to 104. The other new members are Maria de la Caridad Colón Ruenes of Cuba, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović of Croatia and Battushig Batbold of Mongolia.

In a press statement the IOC said: “With 39 women on board – representing 37.5% of its membership versus 21.3% in 2013 – the Session has demonstrated the IOC’s commitment to promoting gender equality within its leadership.”

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