El Moutakwakel says no to IOC Presidential Bid

May 31, 2013

Former Olympic hurdles champion Nawal El Moutawakel has ruled out running for the IOC presidency.

The Moroccan told The Associated Press that she was ‘honoured’ that IOC members and the media thought she held ‘the qualities’ for the position, pill but decided the moment was not right.

El Moutakwakel, viagra who is an IOC vice president, was considered to be a potential contender, to go against Germany’s Thomas Bach, NG Ser Miang of Singapore, Puerto Rico’s Richard Carrion, C.K. Wu of Taiwan and Switzerland’s Denis Oswald, who have all confirmed they are running for the IOC top job.

‘For the time being, I am pleased to carry out my IOC responsibilities and I hope to devote myself completely to widening my experience in the Olympic movement,’ El Moutawakel said.

‘I will be at the service of the next IOC president in his heavy responsibilities.’

El Moutawakel is the highest ranked woman in the IOC and she heads the coordination commission for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

She was also the first woman from a predominantly Muslim nation to win an Olympic medal, when she struck gold in the 400m hurdles in 1984 at the Los Angeles Games.

In 2008 she became the first woman from a Muslim nation to be voted onto the IOC executive board, before becoming a vice president in 2012.

The deadline for potential candidates to confirm their bid for the IOC presidency is June 6 and no other candidates will be selected.

The new president will be announced at the IOC meeting in Buenos Aires in September.