LAUSANNE, Switzerland. On Thursday, the IOC Athletes’ Commission included the great American sprinter Allison Felix and an Afghan refugee cyclist.

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Felix is ​​the most decorated track and field athlete in Olympic history with seven gold medals and joined the commission after winning her 14th career world title.

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Felix returned from retirement last week to compete in the 4x400m relay qualifying rounds. The American team won last Sunday’s World Championship in Eugene, Oregon.

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Also nominated was cyclist Masomah Ali Zada, who was born in Afghanistan and competed in the women’s time trial on the IOC refugee Olympic team last year in Tokyo. Ali Zada ​​is now studying in France and will be the first refugee athlete on the commission.

The other two new members are two-time Olympic triathlete champion Alistair Brownlee of Great Britain and Canadian athlete Olusei Smith, who competed in both the Summer Olympics in track and field and the Winter Olympics in bobsleigh.

All new members were appointed to the IOC Athletes’ Commission, which includes members elected by other athletes and those appointed directly by IOC President Thomas Bach. Only the elected members are usually also part of the full IOC, which determines the host cities of the Olympic Games and elects a new president to replace Bach in 2025.

“Athletes are at the heart of the Olympic Movement and it is therefore essential that their voices be heard by the IOC,” Bach said in a statement. “These voices should be as diverse as possible. The appointment of these four new members of the Athletes’ Commission complements the commission’s outstanding skills and experience and ensures broad representation across different sports and regions of the world.”