Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski, the Philippines’ representative to the International Olympic Committee, has been named to four key posts from within the IOC hierarchy.
Cojuangco-Jaworski, who is among three women who were given appointments, was named as president of the Commission for Olympic Education, according to an announcement issued by the IOC on its official website yesterday.
She will head the body that advises the IOC Session, the IOC Executive Board and the IOC President on the promotion of Olympic values-based education, and provides strategic direction on IOC programs and activities related to the education of youth through sport.
The IOC also named the 45-year old Cojuangco-Jaworski, a gold medallist in equestrian in the 2002 Busan Asian Games, a member of the commission on the Olympic Channel.
The Olympic Channel is a television and internet service that connects the worldwide audience with the Olympic Movement all year round with its youth and sports-oriented sports programming.
The daughter of former Philippine Olympic Committee president Jose Cojuangco Jr. also earned posts as a member of the coordination committees for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the 2024 Paris Olympics.
Her appointment came as the IOC announced that there was growth in the female membership of its commissions.
According to the IOC, it has added three female chairpersons in their 27-members commissions.
The IOC Coordination Commission for the Olympic Games Los Angeles 2028, will be chaired by Nicole Hoevertsz, IOC Member in Aruba, and a member of the IOC Executive Board. She is a former synchronised swimmer who competed at the Olympic Games Los Angeles 1984.
Sari Miriam Essayah, a Finnish retired race walker and a politician, is the chair for Sport and Active Society.
“With 45.4 per cent of the positions across its 27 commissions now occupied by women—a historic high—the IOC continues its advance towards gender equality.
“Gender equality, both on and off the field of play, is one of the key focus areas of Olympic Agenda 2020,” said President Thomas Bach in an online statement released through the IOC website.
Since 2013, as a result of Olympic Agenda 2020, female participation in the IOC commissions has more than doubled.
Among the other new chairs who ave been appointed for the following six IOC commissions are: Richard L. Carrión for the Olympic Channel, Jiri Kejval for Marketing, Robin E. Mitchell for Olympic Solidarity, and Luis Alberto Moreno for Public Affairs and Social Development through Sport.