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Walker becomes IOC member

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 21/08/2016
Sarah Walker of New Zealand takes the oath. © Felipe Dana-Pool/Getty Images Sarah Walker of New Zealand takes the oath.

BMX rider Sarah Walker has become an IOC member after being appointed to the Athletes' Commission.

Walker, silver medallist in London, failed to qualify for Rio after an injury plagued build-up.

The 28-year-old initially missed out being elected to one the four spots up for grabs, but IOC president Thomas Bach appointed her to ensure a balanced representation of athletes on the IOC.

"It will be such a huge honour to be involved with the IOC and the Olympic Movement," she said.

Barbara Kendall ends her term as an IOC member when the Rio Games end while Barry Maister remains a member.

The Athletes' Commission has 17 members who are past or active Olympians, and their role includes evaluating candidate cities seeking to host the Olympic, what sports are on the Games schedule and the protection of clean sport.

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