National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) President, Paul Tergat has been appointed as Member to the International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s newly created Future Host Commissions (Summer and Winter) for future Olympic Games, handing Kenya some bargaining power for hosting rights of such events in the future.
In the appointment letter obtained by Opera News, the Commission will advise and provide recommendations to the IOC Executive Board (EB) in regard to future hosts for Olympic Games and Youth Olympic Games (Summer and Winter).
Tergat, himself an IOC Member, will serve under the Future Olympic Summer Games Host Commission chaired by Mrs. Kristin Kloster Aasen of Norway and he will be representing the National Olympic Committees (NOCs) in the broad-based Commission.
The Commissions were formed following the IOC Session decision for a more targeted, streamlined and flexible approach, in which flexibility applies to the elections of Future Games Host. Through the approach, permanent dialogues will be held with interested hosts, or with potential hosts where the IOC may want to create interest. The Commission will have the mission to promote, monitor and oversee this interest from them and report to the IOC EB.
While congratulating Tergat on his appointment, IOC President Thomas Bach said the body’s immediate focus is on the Winter Youth Olympic Games 2024 and the Olympic Winter Games 2030. “There will be a two-speed progression for the work of the Commissions. The Winter Commissions will start immediately, as the priority at this moment is the discussions about the Winter Youth Olympic Games 2024 and the Olympic Winter Games 2030. The Summer Commission has slightly more time to enter into a dialogue with the number of various interested cities, regions and countries we have already,” he said.
Tergat is a former athlete with impressive performances at the track, cross country, and road racing, including holding world records in the full and half marathons, 10,000m and five-time straight world cross country titles.