Saturday, 20 Jul 2024

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The Badminton World Federation (BWF) congratulates Dagmawit Girmay Berhane on her recent election as an International Olympic Committee (IOC) member. This is a significant achievement that highlights Berhane’s valuable contributions to sports administration in her home country of Ethiopia, Africa, and internationally.

BWF President Poul-Erik Høyer expresses his pride, stating, “As a member of our badminton family, we are all very proud that you have been elected.” He emphasizes that becoming an IOC member is a testament to Berhane’s dedication to her work in Ethiopia, the African continent, and her involvement in two IOC Commissions – the IOC Women and Sport Commission and the Coordination Commission of the 2nd Youth Olympic Games – Nanjing 2014.

Berhane currently serves as the continental vice-president for Africa on the BWF Council. Her election as an IOC member, alongside eight other individuals, has brought the total number of IOC members to 111. These members consist of active athletes or representatives of International Federations (IFs) and National Olympic Committees (NOCs). It’s worth mentioning that Berhane previously served as an IOC member during her tenure as Secretary General of the National Olympic Committee of Ethiopia.

As a member of the BWF Council, Berhane is one of six women who hold positions of influence within the organization. She also holds various other sports-administration roles, including President of the Ethiopian Badminton Federation, Executive Member of the Badminton Confederation of Africa, and Executive Board Member of the Association of National Olympic Committees.

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Berhane’s impressive track record includes stints as First Vice-President, President, and then Secretary General of Ethiopia’s NOC, as well as an Executive Board Member of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa.

Dagmawit Girmay Berhane of Ethiopia

Other newly elected IOC members include Octavian Morariu (Romania), Bernard Rajzman (Brazil), Mikaela Maria Antonia Cojuangco-Jaworski (the Philippines), Alexander Zhukov (Russia), Lawrence Probst III (USA), Paul Kibii Tergat (Kenya), Camiel Eurlings (the Netherlands), and Stefan Holm (Sweden). The BWF extends its congratulations to all of them.

We would like to thank Gayle Alleyne for providing this information and Richard Juilliart for the image.

FAQs

Here are some frequently asked questions about Dagmawit Girmay Berhane’s election as an IOC member:

  1. What is the significance of becoming an IOC member?
    Becoming an IOC member is a prestigious recognition of an individual’s contributions to sports administration. It signifies their important role in shaping international sports policies and decisions.

  2. How many women are currently on the BWF Council?
    There are six women serving on the BWF Council, including Dagmawit Girmay Berhane.

  3. What other roles does Berhane hold in sports administration?
    Apart from her position on the BWF Council, Berhane is the President of the Ethiopian Badminton Federation, an Executive Member of the Badminton Confederation of Africa, and an Executive Board Member of the Association of National Olympic Committees.

Conclusion

Dagmawit Girmay Berhane’s election as an IOC member is a momentous achievement that highlights her dedication to sports administration. We congratulate Berhane on this well-deserved recognition and wish her continued success in her endeavors.

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