Swimmer Coventry in major 2032 Games role
Two-time Olympic swimming champion Kirsty Coventry of Zimbabwe has been appointed chair of the coordination commission for the 2032 Games in Brisbane.
International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach said in a statement on Thursday that the 12-strong body is to work closely with local organisers to deliver "sustainable and economically responsible Olympic Games."
Eight of the 12 members of the commission are women, including Coventry and American vice-chair Anita DeFrantz. Several are new members and the average age of 48 makes it rather young by Olympics standards.
Coventry, 38, won the 200 metres backstroke gold at the 2004 and 2008 Games, and also has four silvers and a bronze.
She headed the IOC athletes commission until July and is now a regular IOC member.
"As a five-time Olympian and former chair of the athletes' commission, I will always put athletes at the heart of these Games," Coventry said.
"Brisbane 2032 has an exciting concept which will deliver a great legacy for the region and the country, but most importantly it will deliver great Games for the athletes and for the fans."
Bach said: "Kirsty Coventry is leading an exciting new generation of IOC members in this commission.
"As a double Olympic gold medallist and a former IOC Executive Board member, she has all the experience for this important task."
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