Credit: FIBA
Credit FIBA

The athletes at the Tokyo Olympic Games have elected Pau Gasol, Maja Wloszczowska, Federica Pellegrini, and Yuki Ota to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Athletes Commission (AC) for a term ending at the Los Angeles Olympic Games in 2028. The newly elected members join the Commission to represent the athlete voice within the Olympic Movement.

Between 13 July and 3 August, 6,825 athletes voted in the IOC AC election at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, representing a participation rate of 61.27%, one of the highest in the history of AC elections, the first of which was held at the Olympic Games Atlanta 1996. In total, 30 candidates from 30 different countries and representing 19 sports stood for election.

Pau Gasol is a 5-time Olympian, silver medallist at Beijing 2008 and London 2012, bronze medallist at Rio 2016, world champion in 2006. The Catalan center has been chosen by the athletes participating in Tokyo 2020 to replace one of the four members of the body who will end their term at the end of these Games.

Spain's loss to the United States was Gasol's last international game after five Olympic Games (Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016, and Tokyo 2020). However, the oldest of the Gasol brothers clearly wants to continue being part of the Olympic movement, even if it is off the courts.

“The Games have meant a lot in my life, not just in my career, and I would like to continue having a significant role in the Olympic movement and be part of the future development and evolution of the Games,” Pau Gasol explained last Monday in the press conference before the quarter-final matchup.

Other athletes elected include:

Maja Wloszczowska, Cycling, Poland – Four-time Olympian, silver medallist at Beijing 2008 and Rio 2016; world champion in 2010, silver medallist in 2004, 2005, 2011, and 2013.

Federica Pellegrini, Aquatics, Italy – Five-time Olympian, Olympic champion at Beijing 2008, silver medallist at Athens 2004; world champion in 2009, 2011, 2017, and 2019, silver medallist in 2005, 2013, and 2015, bronze medallist in 2007.

Yuki Ota, Fencing, Japan – Four-time Olympian, silver medallist at Beijing 2008 and London 2012; world champion in 2015, bronze medallist in 2010.

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Pau Gasol

Pau  Gasol
Position: PF
Age: 41
Height: 213 cm
Weight: 113 kg
Birth place: Barcelona, Spain