Canada's Carol Huyhn to chair FILA's new Athletes' Commission
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FILA ANNOUNCES CAROL HUYNH TO CHAIR ATHLETESâ€™ COMMISSION AND BECOME THIRD WOMAN TO SERVE ON FILA BUREAU
Corsier-Sur-Vevey, Switzerland - The International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles (FILA) announced that Carol Huynh (pronounced When), a gold medal-winning wrestler from Canada, has been elected chair of the newly-formed Athlete Commission and will represent the sportâ€™s athletes on the FILA Bureau. She becomes the third woman on the organizationâ€™s governing body and part of the new direction FILA promised the International Olympic Committee when wrestling was reinstated as an Olympic sport on September 8.
Huynh was born in British Columbia, Canada, to ethnic Chinese refugees who emigrated from North Vietnam. She returned to her parentâ€™s country to win a gold medal in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Her gold medal was Canadaâ€™s second medal ever in womenâ€™s wrestling and its first gold medal in the sport. She returned four years later to win a bronze medal in 2012 in London in the womenâ€™s 48 kg freestyle competition. She was inducted into the FILA Hall of Fame, on Sept.20 , 2013 during the FILA World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
She was part of the five-person team that presented wrestlingâ€™s case to the International Committee September 8 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, that resulted in wrestling rejoining the Olympic program. She also spoke for the sport in May in St. Petersburg, Russia, when wrestling was one of the three sports the IOC Executive Board recommended to be forwarded to the full IOC Session.
â€œIt's a great honor to have been elected by my peers to be on the Athletesâ€™ Commission and to represent them on the FILA Bureau,â€ Huynh said. â€œIt is an even greater responsibility to ensure that the athletesâ€™ voice is heard. My goal as Athletesâ€™ Commission Representative is to help cultivate an environment in our global wrestling community in which our athletes take an active role and interest in the governance of our sport.
â€œThis role in governance for athletes is an important step for FILA,â€ she added. â€œIt indicates that athletes are the main focus. With the collaboration of my fellow Athletesâ€™ Commission members, I have high hopes and confidence in the direction of our New FILA.â€
The Athletesâ€™ Commission was formed by FILA to hear the voices of its athletes. The seven-member group was finalized at the World Championships in September. The group consists of Huynh, Maria Prevolaraki, Greece; Jake Herbert, USA ; Kaori Icho, Japan; Christophe Guenot, France; Hamid SoryanReihanpour, Iran and Tomas Lorincz, Hungary.
The voting was done by the athletes of the sport and finalized at the World Championships.
â€œCarol has been in the sport a short time but has been a part of our history,â€ said FILA President NenadLalovic. â€œShe helped our sport at a critical time to recapture our Olympic spot. And now sheâ€™s part of the first Athletesâ€™ Commission in our sportâ€™s history and will represent our athletes from around the world in the FILA Bureau. We couldnâ€™t be prouder.â€
The other women on the 26-member FILA Bureau are Rodica Yaksi of Turkey and Natalia Yariguina of Russia.
FILA is in the final stages of finalizing 17 commissions in the organization.
FILA, the International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles, is the global governing body of the sport of wrestling. It works to promote the sport and facilitate the activities of its 177 national federations from around the world. It is based in Corsier-Sur-Vevey, Switzerland.