IBSF sanctioned race
Pyeongchang, 10 mar 2022
Lausanne (IBSF) Seyi Smith, former bobsleigh push athlete representing Canada, has been appointed to the IOC Athletes' Commission (AC) by the IOC President Dr. Thomas Bach, in consultation with IOC AC Chair Emma Terho, and in accordance with IOC AC regulations, which are aimed at ensuring a balance between genders, regions and sports within the Commission. Smith can serve a term of up to eight years. The appointment was announced during the IOC’s first ever Athlete Town Hall on the 27th of July.
IBSF President Ivo Ferriani: «We are very proud and delighted to have Seyi represent not only the sliding family but winter sport as a whole on the IOC’s Athletes Commission. Congratulations to this appointment and I am confident that he will do a fantastic job representing the athletes’ voice. »
The 35-year old Canadian’s first Olympic experience was at London 2012, where he was part of Canada’s 4x100m relay team. In 2017 Smith switched from summer to winter sport, making his World Cup debut in November 2017. With Chris Spring and Justin Kripps in 4-man bobsleigh, Oluseyi Smith celebrated two podium places in BMW IBSF World Cup 2017/2018 and finished sixth with Kripps’ four-man crew at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics. Smith holds a Bachelor of Electronic and Electrical Engineering and Master of Science in Renewable Energy Technologies from Loughborough University in the United Kingdom.
Online meeting with IOC and Athlete365 on July 27/28
As an initiative from the IOC Athletes’ Commission, the International Olympic Committee IOC and Athlete 365 invite all Tokyo 2020 and Beijing 2022 Olympics to the first ever Athlete Townhall event to be held online on 27-28 July.
The two-day event will celebrate those who competed at Tokyo 2020 and Beijing 2022 and show athletes and members of Athletes‘ Commissons what support and offers are available to them. There will be a Q&A with the IOC President.
The Athlete Townhall will be live in 11 languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Portuguese.
Lausanne (IBSF/RWH) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board has rubber stamped the event programme of the XXV. Olympic Games in Milano-Cortina 2026 at today´s meeting in Lausanne. The International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation IBSF has been granted another event: Skeleton Mixed Team Event.
At the Skeleton Mixed Event a team is composed of one female and one male athlete. The event has seen great success at the last editions of the World Championships.
“For our sliding family this is a great achievement and a day to celebrate as with Milano Cortina 2026 all our athletes have the equal chance to compete in two events”, said IBSF president Ivo Ferriani. “This shows the amazing work that has gone into the development of Skeleton by our national federations and IBSF staff.”
The IBSF thanks the IOC Executive Board, the IOC Program Commission and in particular the IOC Sports Department for the support and approval of the Skeleton Mixed Team Event which is another milestone in the IBSF history.
The Press Release of the International Olympic Committee can be found here.