Korean Olympic Committee president Lee a candidate for IOC membership
Lee Kee-heung, president of the Korean Olympic Committee, is to be considered for membership of the International Olympic Committee, according to Korean media reports.
Lee has submitted the required documentation for review by the IOC’s members election commission at an IOC executive board meeting in Lausanne beginning on 9 July, the Korea Herald reported.
The commission is set to create a shortlist of candidates which will be put forward to the vote at the IOC Session in Lima on 13 September.
With Samsung chairman Lee Kun-hee hospitalised since 2014 and unable to fulfil his functions as an IOC member, former Olympic table tennis gold medallist Ryu Seung-min, who was elected to the IOC's athletes commission last year, is South Korea’s only active IOC member
Lee Kee-heung, the former president of the Korea Swimming Federation, was elected as the new president of the Korean Olympic Committee in a vote in October last year.
Lee is an experienced sports administrator in the country, having previously occupied the role of vice-president of the Korea Modern Pentathlon Federation and president of the Korean Canoe Federation.
Five candidates were in the running to take up the presidency, following the merger earlier last year of the KOC and the Korea Council of Sport for All.
The election was of particular interest to the IOC, given Korea’s status as host of the next edition of the winter Olympic Games, in PyeongChang next year.
Lee’s term of office will run until February 2021, thus also taking in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.