The new Athletes Commission of the Brazilian Olympic Committee (CACOB) officially began its work on Tuesday, 12. The first meeting of the new collegiate elected Yane Marques, bronze in London 2012 in the modern pentathlon, as president and Fabiano Peçanha, semifinalist in the 800m in Beijing 2008 and London 2012, vice president. The meeting was held virtually because of the pandemic. Yane and Fabiano succeed, respectively, Tiago Camilo, of judo, silver at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games and bronze in Beijing 2008, and Yane herself.
"The experience I've had over the last four years has added a lot to encourage me to make the decision to run for the CACOB presidency. Being a member of the Board of Directors, being in charge of the Recife Sports Executive Office, and taking the Advanced Course in Sports Management at COB added me a lot as a manager, a career in which I am investing. Now, as president, I know my duties and responsibilities. I am prepared for this challenge", says Yane, who received 73% of the votes. Diogo Silva, from taekwondo, and Bárbara Seixas, from beach volleyball, had 11% each.
"I was very honored to be elected for this important mission. I believe that the engagement I have had with the Commission over the last four years has counted a lot for this vote. The last cycle's CACOB was the construction, which consolidated the responsibility. Now, after the opening that we had in Paulo Wanderley's administration, the members of the current Commission will be able to dedicate much more energy to the athletes because the space has already been conquered," says Fabiano Peçanha, who had 60% of the votes, followed by Rodrigão, from volleyball, with 24%, and Fernanda Nunes, from rowing, with 16%.
The CACOB election for the 2021-24 cycle in November was historic. It beat a record of candidacies (62) and voters (374), which corresponds to 66% of the total number of athletes-electors able to vote. The number is more than double the participation registered in 2016, when 170 athletes voted (just over 27% of the total).
The Athletes Commission has 13 men and 12 women. There was a cut to ensure gender equity among the elected, since the 10 most voted men and 10 most voted women were chosen, in addition to the votes champion (Diogo Silva), among the athletes who participated in the last Games' editions, and the two most voted men and two most voted women among the athletes who participated in the Games before 2012.
There was also a maximum limit of two athletes per Confederation among the athletes who participated in London 2012, Sochi 2014, Rio 2016 and/or PyeongChang 2018 and also two athletes per Confederation among the four who participated exclusively in Games prior to London 2012. Thus, 16 Confederations are represented in CACOB: Athletics, Basketball, Boxing, Canoeing, Water Sports, Ice Sports, Gymnastics, Handball, Modern Pentathlon, Rowing, Rugby, Taekwondo, Tennis, Sports Shooting, Sailing, and Volleyball.
"I thank Tiago Camilo for leading the Athletes Commission, which ends a mandate that has contributed greatly to consolidating the participation of athletes in the management of Brazilian sport, leaving a very beautiful legacy for those who take over. Many things have been implemented and I am sure that the new commission will perform its actions even better. We are part of a chain, in which we are all links, strong and united to put the Olympic sport in the place it deserves. I welcome you all and congratulate Yane and Fabiano," concluded Paulo Wanderley, COB's president, during the first CACOB meeting.
How is the Athletes Commission chosen?
Altogether, 374 athletes who competed in the London 2012, Sochi 2014, Rio 2016 and/or PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Games participated in the election. The election had 62 candidates, 32 women and 30 men, in the dispute for 25 vacancies (check the list of elected below). Each was entitled to three votes: one for a female candidate and one for a male candidate, to elect an Olympic athlete who has participated in one or more of the last two editions of the Winter (2014 and 2018) or Summer (2012 and 2016) Olympic Games, and one vote to elect an Olympic athlete who has participated exclusively in Olympic Games prior to 2012.
Twenty-one athletes participated in London 2012, Sochi 2014, Rio 2016 and/or PyeongChang 2018, the Olympic Games immediately prior to the election, and four others who participated exclusively in Games prior to 2012.
What are the missions of the Athletes Commission?
Created in 2009, CACOB had a historical participation in the COB Election last year. With the right to 12 votes - until 2017, only one member could vote - the athletes were decisive in choosing the president, vice-president, and members of the entity's administrative council. Now there are 19 with decision-making power.
The Athletes Commission aims to establish an environment for discussion and offer suggestions, recommendations or information on any issues related to the Olympic Movement, represent the rights and interests of Olympic athletes, encourage women's presence in sport, and support the development of youth education through sport, among others.
In addition, CACOB has the responsibility to examine issues related to the Olympic Athletes, maintain constant contact with other National and International Athletes' Commissions, make suggestions on doping control issues, make nominations for the election of the IOC Athletes Commission and prepare the annual report of the Athletes Commission, and disseminate its ongoing deliberations and actions to the entire sports community.
Members of the Athletes Commission of the COB cycle 2021-24, Confederation, and how many votes they received:
Athletes who have participated in one or more of the two editions of the Winter (2014 and 2018) or Summer (2012 and 2016) Olympic Games immediately before the election:
- Diogo Silva (taekwondo, 47 votes);
- Poliana Okimoto (water sports, 46);
- Yane Marques (modern pentathlon, 39);
- Gustavo Guimarães (water sports, 39);
- Rodrigo Santana (volleyball, 27);
- Eduarda Amorim (handball, 26);
- Adriana Aparecida da Silva (athletics, 26);
- Fabiano Peçanha (athletics, 26);
- Beatriz Futuro (rugby, 25);
- Thiagus Petrus (handball, 24);
- Lucas Duque (rugby, 22);
- Fernanda Ferreira (rowing, 21);
- Iziane Marques (basketball, 19);
- Francisco Barretto Júnior (gymnastics, 19);
- Edson Bindilatti (ice sports, 19);
- Bárbara Seixas (volleyball, 16);
- Juan Nogueira (boxing, 16);
- Isabel Swan (sailing, 15);
- Emerson Duarte (shooting, 13);
- Arthur Zanetti (gymnastics, 13);
- Ana Sátila (canoeing, 11).
Olympic athletes who have participated exclusively in Olympic Games prior to the Winter Olympics (2014 and 2018) or Summer Olympics (2012 and 2016):
- Hortência Marcari (basketball, 121);
- Jefferson Sabino (athletics, 51);
- Clodoaldo Lopes do Carmo (athletics, 28);
- Joana Cortez (tennis, 25).