ZAGREB, July 31 (Hina) – Croatia’s Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, who has recently become a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), has been appointed to the Future Host Commission for the Games of the Olympiad at the proposal of IOC President Thomas Bach.
Grabar-Kitarovic, the former President of Croatia, has replaced Mikaela Cojuangco-Jaworski of the Philippines as a member of the Commission which was created at last year’s IOC Session in Lausanne.
The role of the Future Host Commission is to establish a continuous dialogue with a view to creating interest among cities, regions, countries and national Olympic committees in the Olympic Games.
Grabar-Kitarovic was one of five new IOC members elected by the Executive Board of the IOC on July 17. Upon being elected, Grabar-Kitarovic underlined the importance of sport in combating challenges that the world is faced with at the moment and its value for all those who wish to be active in sport.
“I have always advocated greater investment in sporting activities for young people and to enable mass access to sporting activities from the earliest childhood as that is the only way to achieve great success and create and develop excellent athletes who promote their homeland and general human values of effort, humanity, persistence and friendship.”
The International Olympic Committee is a not-for-profit independent international organisation made up of volunteers, which is committed to building a better world through sport. It redistributes more than 90 percent of its income to the wider sporting movement, which means that every day the equivalent of 3.4 million US dollars goes to help athletes and sports organisations at all levels around the world.