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Isinbayeva pledges to defend athletes’ rights as IOC commission member

August 19, 0:45 UTC+3 RIO DE JANEIRO
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RIO DE JANEIRO, August 18 /TASS/. Russia’s Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva has pledged to defend athletes’ rights in her capacity as member of the IOC Athletes’ Commission.

"I would like to thank Alexander Zhukov (Russian Olympic Committee president) and his staff who helped me with my campaign. Naturally, I will work for the sake of the Olympic movement and I will certainly defend athletes’ rights in the first place. Today, it is vitally important for athletes’ voices to be heard. I am pleased to act as a kind of bridge between Russia and the IOC. I am so happy that it makes me utterly mad," Isinbayeva told journalists.

All the athletes who are competing in the Rio Olympic Games took part in the election of four new members of the IOC Athletes’ Commission. Twenty-three candidates ran for the four vacant positions. Isinbayeva gained 1,365 votes.

The other three newly-elected members include German fencer Britta Heidemann (1,603), South Korean table tennis player Ryu Seung-min (1,544) and Hungarian swimmer Daniel Gyurta (1,469).

The mandate of four-time Olympic swimming champion Alexander Popov who has represented Russia at the IOC Athletes’ Commission is expiring on August 21.

Isinbayeva, 34, the holder of 28 world records, will give a news conference devoted to the end of her sport career in Rio de Janeiro on August 19.

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