Former Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović (Photo: Slavko Midzor/PIXSELL) Former Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović (Photo: Slavko Midzor/PIXSELL)

“I am extremely honored to be a member of the International Olympic Committee. This is not only my personal success, but recognition of all the achievements of Croatian sport and excellent results of Croatian athletes, who represent our homeland in the world as a nation of great talents and hardworking people, who consistently promote the principles and values of the Olympic Movement,” said Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović who was elected with 86 votes in favor and three votes against.

In her first address as a member of the IOC, the former Croatian president pointed out that in all her previous duties, both in Croatia and on the international scene, she supported and advocated the values of a positive sports spirit and competition, friendship and Olympism.

Grabar-Kitarović also emphasized the importance of sports in the fight against the challenges that the world is struggling with at the moment.

In addition to the former Croatian president, all other proposed candidates were elected new members of the IOC on Friday: Cuban Marie de la Caridad Colon Ruenes, Saudi Princess Reeme Bandar Al-Saud, Battushig Batbold from Mongolia and celebrated British athlete and World Athletics President Sebastian Coe.

Source: HRT