Mikee Cojuangco elected IOC Executive Board member

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 18) – A Filipino was elected to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board, the highest body in the international sports governing organization.

Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski, IOC representative to the Philippines, and fellow equestrian Gerardo Werthein of Argentina were elected to the board during the 136th IOC session on Friday, the first virtual session in its history.

Jaworski, a 2002 Busan Asian Games gold medalist, is the first Asian woman to serve in the powerful IOC body.

The executive board “assumes the general overall responsibility for the administration of the IOC and monitors compliance with the Olympic Charter.” It is made up of the president, four vice-presidents and 10 other executive members. Thomas Bach from Germany is the current president.

Jaworski will begin her four-year term at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic halted the international sports community and forced the body to postpone the Tokyo Olympics to next year.

During her equestrienne years, Jaworski won a gold medal in the 2005 Southeast Asian Games held in the Philippines. She was a champion in the 2011 International Equestrian Federation World Dressage Challenge.

The 46-year old daughter of former Philippine Olympic Committee President Jose “Peping” Cojuangco, Jr. also served in various administrative capacities in the Equestrian Association of the Philippines.

Jaworski became the country’s representative to the IOC in 2013. She is also current chairman of the Commission for Olympic Education, while acting as a member of the Olympic Channel Commission, Future Host Summer Commission for the 2032 Olympics, and the 2021 Tokyo and 2024 Paris Olympics coordinating committees.