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IOC Session: Oscar-winner Michelle Yeoh voted onto International Olympic Committee as member

Michelle Yeoh takes oath as member of the Worldwide Olympic Committee (IOC) throughout the third day of the 141st IOC session at Jio World Centre in Mumbai. AFP

Malaysia’s Oscar-winning actor Michelle Yeoh was voted onto the Worldwide Olympic Committee on Tuesday.

The primary Asian girl to win an Academy Award — when she scooped greatest actress for “Everything Everywhere All at Once” earlier this 12 months — was elected by 67 votes to 9, with one abstention.

She was one among eight new members voted in on the ultimate day of the 141st IOC session on the Jio World Centre in Mumbai.

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When the end result was introduced, Yeoh stood up and positioned her hand on her coronary heart.

She and the opposite newly elected members then took the Olympic oath.

The 61-year-old, who has been accompanied in Mumbai by her husband Jean Todt, the previous president of motorsport governing physique the FIA, then acquired an IOC member medal from Bach.

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Earlier than the vote, Britain’s Princess Anne, the chair of the IOC’s member election committee, launched Yeoh as “a Malaysia junior squash champion”.

“Sadly, her other different skills took her away from her sporting life but a very fulfilled career and a lot of interest in sport throughout that.”

Yeoh’s Hollywood breakthrough got here when she was solid in 1997’s Bond movie “Tomorrow Never Dies” reverse Pierce Brosnan, and she or he made her popularity in martial arts motion pictures together with “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon”.

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She was voted in on Tuesday alongside Israel’s first Olympic medallist Yael Arad; Hungarian businessman and sports activities administrator Balazs Furjes; Cecilia Tait, a former Olympic medallist and politician from Peru; and German sports activities entrepreneur Michael Mronz.

All 5 had beforehand been proposed as particular person members by the IOC’s government board in September.

Sweden’s Petra Soerling, head of the Worldwide Desk Tennis Federation, and South Korean Kim Jae-youl, president of the Worldwide Skating Union, have been additionally elected in regard to their roles with worldwide sports activities federations.

Mehrez Boussayene, president of the Tunisian Olympic Committee, was additionally elected as an ex-officio member.

“These candidates bring added value to the work of the IOC because of their experience and diverse expertise in different walks of life,” stated Bach when the eight have been proposed in September.

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