International Olympic Committee

Fok eager to campaign for second IOC term

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 18 March, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 18 March, 2009, 12:00am

Timothy Fok Tsun-ting, Hong Kong's sole International Olympic Committee member, wants another term when his eight-year mandate expires in October.

'I still have a strong desire to serve sports and there is a lot I can do for Hong Kong as an IOC member,' said Fok, who attended last week's Olympic Council of Asia congress in Kuwait. 'I had some informal meetings with other IOC members in Kuwait and received many positive comments [regarding] what I have done over the past eight years.

'This is an important year for Hong Kong sport as we will be staging the East Asian Games in December - our first-ever multi-sports games. My status as an IOC member will help promote the games on the international stage.'

Fok said he was planning to invite IOC president Jacques Rogge to the East Asian Games from December 5-13. China, Japan, South Korea, North Korea, Taiwan, Macau, Mongolia, Guam and Hong Kong will compete in 23 sports.

The president of the Hong Kong Olympic Committee, Fok was elected as an IOC member at its congress in Moscow in 2001.

According to the Olympic Charter, IOC members are elected for a period of eight years, and their mandate can be renewed until they reach the age of 70.

October's IOC congress will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark, where the venue of the 2016 Summer Games will be decided. Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo, Chicago and Madrid are on the short list.