Petersson Elected to “Promote the Interests of the IOC”


Back in August, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) made a decision to keep the medal count for sailing at 10. To the dismay of multihull sailors around the world, the decision currently means that there will be no multihull medals available at the London 2012 games.

The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) and the IOC have a very close relationship. Almost all of ISAF’s funding comes from the Olympic movement, prompting some to call for a fundamental change in the way ISAF runs the sport of sailing.

Back in August when the IOC announced that it would not be reinstating the 11th sailing medal, ISAF announced that ISAF President Göran Petersson and HRH Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark had been nominted as IOC members. Both men have now been elected. Göran Petersson said,

“It is a great honour to be elected as an IOC Member and I would like to thank the IOC Executive Board and Members, as well as the International Sports Federations for their support. This week in Copenhagen has shown us how much the world of sport has changed over the past 15 years and provided a great forum to focus on the challenges ahead. Becoming an IOC Member is not only a great honour, it is also a great responsibility and I look forward to serving the world of sport.”

ISAF’s problem relating to non-olympic sailing is revealed by the Olympic Charter with respect to the role of IOC members. Petersson’s new role is to

“represent and promote the interests of the IOC and of the Olympic Movement in their countries and in the organisations of the Olympic Movement in which they serve”.

The IOC President Jacques Rogge, who competed in the sailing competitions at the 1968 Mexico, 1972 Munich and 1976 Montreal Games, was re-elected for a second term.