Former Olympic table tennis champion Ryu Seung-min
has become the second South Korean to join the International Olympic Committee. It’s a significant achievement as there are
only 15 members on the IOC’s Athletes’ Commission. Park Jong-hong has more. From table tennis prodigy to sports ambassador,
Ryu Seung-min is the newest member of the IOC’s Athletes’ Commission. Among 23 candidates, Ryu finished second in
a poll of the participating athletes at the Rio Olympics,… earning him one of four coveted
seats available on the 15-member commission. Other new members are former German fencer
Britta Heidemann, Hungarian swimmer Daniel Gyurta and Russian pole vault legend, Yelena
Isinbayeva. Their eight-year terms will begin next Monday. Ryu says he will devote himself to the advancement
of Korean sports and act as a bridge between the IOC and the organizing committee for the
2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics. There are a total of 90 members on the IOC,…
15 of which sit on the athletes’ commission. They share almost identical privileges to
IOC members and have the right to vote on regulations and Olympic host cities. Ryu will, in effect, be replacing another
South Korean member Moon Dae-sung,… a former Olympic Taekwondo champion who was suspended
last month over allegations he plagiarized his doctoral dissertation. With another South Korean IOC member, Samsung
Group Chairman Lee Kun-hee, bedridden for two years following a heart attack, Ryu will
essentially be the sole active South Korean representative within the top Olympic body. Park Jong-hong, Arirang News.

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