When the Vice President of the International Olympic Committee, Morocco’s Nawal El Moutawakel, was asked if she considered standing for election of the IOC President, she answered German news agency DPA: ‘Why not? I have not decided yet, there is a long list of contenders, but I might.’
With Jacques Rogge, incumbent IOC President retiring next year, the elections for a new president will be held next September in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Potential successors still have to formally announce their candidacy, but El Moutawakel would be the first woman leading the IOC, should she decide to run for office and be elected.
El Moutawakel is a Moroccan hurdler, who at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, won the women’s 400m hurdles. This made her the first female Muslim born on the continent of Africa to become an Olympic champion. Since, she has become a council member of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and a member of the IOC.