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Russian pole vaulter Isinbayeva reveals specifics of her new IOC post

November 07, 2016, 10:23 UTC+3 LAUSANNE

The Russian Olympic champion has added that she feels very comfortable doing her new job

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Yelena Isinbayeva

Yelena Isinbayeva

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LAUSANNE, November 7. /TASS/. Russia’s two-time Olympic Champion Yelena Isinbayeva, who has become the new member of the Athletes’ Commission of the International Olympic Committee, told TASS after the first session that she is enthusiastic about her work.

On November 5-6, Switzerland’s Lausanne hosted the first session of the new IOC Athletes’ Commission. Isinbayeva, who earlier announced that she finished her professional career, was elected as Russia’s representative in the commission on August 21.

"Our working meetings began early in the morning and ended after 6 p.m. and all this time we discussed the pressing issues," Isinbayeva told TASS. "When I found out that the commission’s meetings would be so extensive, I was very nervous. That’s because this activity is not usual for a person who recently ended sports career."

"But I was lucky as the chair of our commission Angela Ruggiero is very friendly," Isinbayeva said, adding: "I have a good company and I don’t feel uncomfortable. I adore everything and I’m very enthusiastic about everything."

The IOC Athletes’ Commission also consists of German fencer Britta Heidemann, Hungarian swimmer Daniel Gyurta, South Korean table tennis player Ryu Seung-min, New Zealand's BMX cyclist Sarah Walker, Jordan taekwondo ace Nadin Dawani, Egyptian modern pentathlete Aya Medany, India's badminton player Saina Nehwal and Argentina’s basketball player Luis Scola.

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