August 17, 2015 11:31
The 2004 Olympic gold medalist in table tennis Ryu Seung-min has won a nomination of the Korean Olympic Committee to represent Korea on the Athletes' Commission of the International Olympic Committee.
The KOC decided to nominate Ryu in a meeting on Thursday last week.
In addition to his triumph in Athens, Ryu won bronze and silver in team events in Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012.
In an interview on Aug. 6 presided with Moon Dae-sung, a gold medalist in Taekwondo in 2004 and currently a member on the IOC Athletes' Commission, Ryu was given the highest score ahead of shooter Jin Jong-oh and retired weightlifter Jang Mi-ran.
Moon's term on the Athletes' Commission comes to an end next year during the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Moon said, "The candidates had similar scores in most categories, but Ryu stood out in foreign language competency."
The IOC stipulates that candidates for the Athletes' Commission must speak English fluently.
Unlike the rivals like weightlifter Jang Mi-ran, Shooter Jin Jong-oh and foil fencer Nam Hyun-hee, who were based in Korea, Ryu learned English by playing in overseas leagues from the age of 18, playing in Austria, France and Germany.
The KOC plans to nominate Ryu to the IOC by Sept. 15. The IOC will conduct telephone interviews and review the CVs of candidates nominated by each country and announce the list of some 20 final candidates two months before the opening of the Athletes' Village in Rio in August.
The election takes place during the Games, and four members will be elected.
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