TALLINN - The Athletes' Commission of the Estonian Olympic Committee (EOC) elected Olympic winner Gerd Kanter as its chairman.
Kanter was elected as chairman of the Athletes' Commission for a second term, the EOC said. Members of the Athletes' Commission elected skater Saskia Alusalu and rower Allar Raja as its representatives in the General Assembly of the EOC.
"The voice of athletes should be heard more in decision-making in sports throughout Estonia. In four years' time, by the end of our term, we would like to see the larger federations have their own athletes' committees, and in the case of smaller federations, a representative on the board in the form of an active athlete. Another big goal is to organize an athletes' forum. Our recent members added that improving communication between federations and athletes is very important," Kanter said.
The Athletes' Commission includes Gerd Kanter, Allar Raja, Saskia Alusalu, Ott Kiivikas, Johanna Taliharm, Kert Toobal, Matz Topkin, Liis Kullerkann and Annika Sakkarias.
The Athletes' Commission is elected once every four years in a meeting where every member federation of the EOC is represented by one athlete. Each athlete has one vote. The athletes representing their sport must be active athletes who have been on their national team during the last four years. The Athletes' Commission consists of a minimum of five members and maximum of nine members, all at least 16-year-old citizens of the Estonian Republic. They must have never received any sanction in relation to the World Anti-Doping Code.