IOC Elects Former UN Secretary Ban Ki-Moon To Head Ethics Commission

IOC Elects Former UN Secretary Ban Ki-Moon To Head Ethics Commission

Former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is confident that next year's Winter Olympics in his native South Korea will be safe and successful, despite tensions surrounding North Korea's nuclear weapons program.

Ban, who served as the United Nations leader from January 2007 to December 2016, was the only candidate to succeed outgoing chairman Youssoupha Ndiaye.

The IOC held a session in Lima, Peru on Thursday and approved Ban's nomination.

The Ethics Commission was established in 1999 as an independent organization under the IOC. It can also propose measures or sanctions to the IOC Executive Board regarding unethical incidents.

"I am truly humbled to serve the International Olympic Committee through this role", Ban said.

IOC President Thomas Bach said: "Congratulations to Mr Ban on his election as Chair of the IOC Ethics Commission".

"It shows the trust and standing this commission enjoys within and outside the world of sport", he said.

Achieving greater transparency, good governance, responsibility and strengthening ethics are some of the guiding principles of the IOC Ethics Commission under Olympic Agenda 2020, the IOC's strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement. One of Mr Ban's first actions as Secretary General was to introduce a code of ethics to the organisation, which applies to all employees. The commission is composed of nine members, including four International Olympic Committee members.

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