When Copenhagen successfully hosted the Olympic Festival in the Denmark capital two weeks ago, it accommodated many very important figures in the world of sports and politics. Heads of states were present including U.S. President Barack Obama and Olympic athletes to give support to their respective countries bidding to host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.
But although Denmark only played host to the event that decided on the 2016 country to host the Olympics, there was one important accomplishment made. It was the addition of Crown Prince Frederik to the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
The future Danish King was elected as a new member of the IOC during the 121st session of the committee in Copenhagen last Friday. The Crown Prince earned 77 votes to get the post along with five other new IOC members. The others are Lydia Nsekerer of Burundi, Goran Petersson of Sweden, Habu Ahmed Gumel of Nigeria, Habib Abdul Nabi Machi of Oman and Richard Peterkin of St. Lucia.
It was back in October 2006 when Crown Prince Frederik announced his candidacy for the International Olympic Committee position. For many years now, this member of the Danish royal family has been a big fan of the Olympic Games. He is the eighth Dane to become a member of the IOC since its establishment in 1894. He now joins other royal IOC members that include Prince Albert II of Monaco, Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and Princess Anne of Britain. The Danish Olympic Committee president is happy over this election.
Friday’s session of the IOC also reelected current president Jacques Rogge for his final four-year term in the post. Rogge has been holding the top position since 2001. Some of his remarkable achievements are the formulation of stricter policies against the use of dopes by athletes and the reduction of corruption issues within the committee.