BWF President Elected IOC Member12 February, 2015
BWF President Poul-Erik Høyer Elected IOC Member
7 February 2014
BWF President Poul-Erik Høyer, was confirmed as an IOC Member at the 126th IOC Session in Sochi, Russia, on 7 February 2014.
The President joined two other BWF Council colleagues who had had this honour bestowed on them - Li Lingwei (CHN) (124th IOC Session during the London 2012 Olympic Games) and Dagmawit Girmay Berhane (ETH) (125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires Hilton in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2013).
The 48-year-old Dane was the sole nominee for membership of the IOC at the 126th IOC Session. His election was applauded by the IOC membership and warmly welcomed by IOC President Thomas Bach and members of the IOC Executive Board.
Well known as the 1996 Olympic men's singles gold medallist, Høyer was elected BWF President on 18 May 2013 at the BWF Annual General Meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Prior to this he was President of Badminton Europe.
“It is a great honour to have been elected to the IOC today and I would humbly like to thank my new colleagues in the IOC for the confidence they have shown in me. I pledge to serve to the best of my ability and to always do my best for the development of sport and to promote the Olympic ideals,” Høyer said on the occasion.
“As I noted when I was nominated, I have benefited from the Olympic Movement. This is now an opportunity for me to give back. It is obviously also a positive development for badminton and the BWF and – as BWF President – I can say we certainly look forward to contributing more to the IOC.”
Former IBF (BWF) President and BWF Honorary Life Vice President, Sir Craig Reedie was made an IOC Member in 1994.