Ping-Pong Player Ryu Seung-min Elected to IOC

      August 19, 2016 12:53

      Ryu Seung-min talks to the press after being elected to the International Olympic Committee's Athletes' Commission in Brazil on Thursday. /Newsis

      Ex-table tennis player Ryu Seung-min has been elected to the International Olympic Committee's Athletes' Commission.

      Ryu came second out of 23 candidates who vied for four seats on the commission in a peer vote in Brazil on Thursdsay.

      The vote was carried out among athletes now competing in the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil. German fencer Britta Heidemann got the most votes, and Hungarian swimmer Dániel Gyurta and Russian pole vault superstar Yelena Isinbayeva were also elected.

      Ryu is only the second Korean on the commission after taekwondo Olympic gold medalist Moon Dae-sung was elected in 2008. He won gold in the men’s singles in the Athens Olympics in 2004 and bronze and silver in team events in Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012.

      The Athletes' Commission consists of 12 athletes (eight summer and four winter) elected for an eight-year term.

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