Freetown, SIERRA LEONE – After the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board meeting on November 29, 2023, Sierra Leonean athlete Hafsatu Kamara has been named among the 32 candidates for the IOC Athletes Commission elections.
The candidates, nominated by their respective National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and Athletes’ Commissions, represent 15 sports and 32 NOCs, with Kamara holding the 14th position on the list. The elections are scheduled to take place during the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
Born on December 7, 1999, in the United States to Sierra Leonean parents, Kamara chose to represent her parent’s country of origin when approached by Sierra Leonean officials. She competed for Sierra Leone in the 2016 Summer Olympics, finishing 8th in her 100m heat and serving as the flag bearer during the closing ceremony.
Kamara’s athletic achievements include participating in the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast and the Africa Championships in Asaba, Nigeria, both in 2018. She holds personal bests of 11.61 sec in the 100m and 23.83 sec in the 200m, clocked in 2013. Kamara also boasts a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Sciences and works as a Brand Strategist at Warner Bros Discovery Sports. She currently serves as the Chairperson of the Sierra Leone National Olympics Committee Athlete Commission and is a Committee member of the Association of the National Olympics Committee.
In the upcoming IOC Athletes’ Commission elections, 32 athletes, including 18 females and 14 males, will vie for four positions. These candidates, approved by the IOC Executive Board, will be elected directly by their peers at the Olympic Games Paris 2024. All competing athletes at Paris 2024 are eligible to vote in the Athlete365 House in the Olympic Villages.
The voting process will be overseen by an Election Committee, chaired by Nicole Hoevertsz and comprising Pâquerette Girard Zappelli and Emma Terho. The IOC Athletes’ Commission plays a vital role in decision-making within the IOC, ensuring athlete representation and supporting athletes in their sporting and non-sporting endeavours. Kamara’s nomination brings pride to the National Olympics Committee of Sierra Leone, marking a significant moment for the country’s international athletic representation. BT/4/12/2023