Coates to face election challenge to AOC presidency for first time since 1990
John Coates, the International Olympic Committee vice president from Australia, is to face a challenge to his presidency of the Australian Olympic Committee at elections in May.
Danni Roche, aged 46, a field hockey gold medallist at the 1996 Olympics, announced her candidacy for the position today, having won the endorsement of Australia’s field hockey federation.
Roche said: “The Australian Olympic Committee needs new leadership, and a new generation of leaders. And I believe the Australian Olympic Committee needs a new culture of collaboration in Australian sport.”
Roche said that she would work without remuneration as part of a policy of directing funding to grassroots Olympic sports.
Coates has held the position unchallenged since 1990. The election is on 7 May.
Last week Coates and the other three IOC vice presidents were charged by Thomas Bach, the president, with forming a working group to study changing the candidate process for selecting host cities for Olympic Games.
As a result, Los Angeles and Paris appear increasingly likely to be handed the Olympic Games on a plate provided they can agree on one of them delaying its Olympic aspirations for four years until 2028.
Announcing the working group, Bach said: “All the options are on the table, and this includes also the ‘24-‘28 procedure and vote.”