Prince Faisal and El Moutawakel eye seats at IOC top table
By Jonathan Rest at SportAccord in Gold Coast
Prince Faisal bin Hussein of Jordan will stand for election to the International Olympic Committee executive board next month, he has told Sportcal.
Prince Faisal, who is president of the Jordan Olympic Committee and has been an IOC member since 2010, revealed that he and Morocco's Nawal El Moutawakel are, to date, the only confirmed candidates for the election, which will take place during the IOC session in Lausanne from 24 to 26 June.
Sweden's Gunilla Lindberg will stand down as she reaches the end of her eight-year term, while a second spot is set to open up because Guatemala's Willi Kaltschmitt has to retire as an IOC member at the end of the year when he reaches the mandatory age limit.
Kaltschmitt's eight-year term on the executive board is not due to expire until 2020.
Prince Faisal indicated that if only Lindberg's seat becomes available next month, he will stand aside for El Moutawakel, whose eight-year term ended in 2016, the last four of which she served as vide-president.
The 55-year-old, who chairs the IOC's Women in Sport Commission and sits on the Tokyo 2020 coordination commission, is the founder and chairman of the Generations for Peace charity.
The IOC Session in Lausanne will elect the host city of the 2026 winter Olympic Games, either Stockholm-Are in Sweden or Milan-Cortina in Italy.