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ITU President Marisol Casado Elected as IOC Member
VANCOUVER, Canada (February 12, 2010) — The International Olympic Committee elected ITU President Marisol Casado as one of six new IOC Members at the 122nd IOC Session, ahead of the Winter Olympic Games. Casado's election to the IOC as a full member is an honor for the entire triathlon family, further reinforcing ITU's commitment to the global development of the sport.
Casado has extensive experience and expertise in the Olympic sport of triathlon, being one of the founders of the Spanish Triathlon Federation and intimately involved in the creation of ITU. She served as Secretary General of the Spanish Triathlon Federation (1989-1994 and 1997-2008), concurrently acting as Treasurer of ITU (1992-1994 and 2000-2008). Marisol is a leading figure in the promotion of women in sport in Spain, serving as President of Women and Sport Commission in the Spanish Olympic Committee (1992-1994 and 2000 to present).
"It is truly a great honor to be elected as an IOC Member," Casado said. "I would like to extend gratitude to my new colleagues for their warmest support. I am also deeply grateful to the entire triathlon family whom I have been working with more than 30 years. Contributing to the future of the Olympic Movement, I would like to dedicate myself to this new responsibility."
I believe triathlon is a sport which promotes the Olympic ideals and a sport which can address issues such as environmental awareness and a healthy lifestyle. Triathlon is a young inspirational sport which links sport competition at its highest level to a healthy balanced lifestyle for all participants of all abilities. Global sport development as typified by Team ITU – a support project for talented athletes in emerging/developing national federations – has always been our core activity, in keeping with the spirit of the IOC's Olympic Solidarity programmes.
"The sport will see a significant milestone this summer at the first Youth Olympic Games in Singapore, introducing sprint triathlon and 4x mixed team relay triathlon for first time in the Olympic Games. Working closely together with my new colleagues, the organising committee and our triathlon family, we will do our very best to contribute to the successful inaugural event.
"The Olympic Winter Games is a perfect opportunity to listen and learn from my new colleagues and to discuss the future direction of the Olympic Movement. At the same time, I am thrilled to see winter athletes' outstanding performances, which always is a wonderful motivation."
Marisol Casado was elected President of the International Triathlon Union in 2008, at the ITU Congress in her hometown of Madrid, Spain. Marisol has extensive experience and expertise in the Olympic sport of triathlon, being one of the founding members of the Spanish Triathlon Federation and also heavily involved in the creation of the ITU. She served as Secretary General of the Spanish Triathlon Federation (1989-1994 and 1997-2008), concurrently acting as Treasurer for the ITU (1992-1994 and 2000-2008).
A member of the Spanish Olympic Committee (1992-1994 and 2000 to present), Casado has since 2004 served as President to its Women and Sport Commission. A former President of the European Triathlon Union, comprising of 41 federations, from 2002 to 2008, she has received the silver medal award "Real Orden del Merito Deportivo Español" for her service to sport.