Date : 15 May 2019
Lausanne, Switzerland, May 15, 2019: International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach has appointed Lebanon’s IOC Young Reporter Krystel Saneh as a member of the IOC Communications Commission.
In a letter dated May 13, President Bach said Krystel, who turns 25 years old next month, has been appointed on the basis of expertise, gender balance and continental representation among the IOC’s commissions.
Krystel (also known as Christel) is from the IOC Young Reporters Programme Class of 2014 at the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games. Her application to join the IOC Young Reporters came from the Lebanon Olympic Committee to the Olympic Council of Asia.
After considering applications from all over the continent, the OCA selected Krystel and her nomination was approved by the IOC to join the programme.
“A huge congratulations to IOC Young Reporter Krystel Saneh, Class of 2014, for her appointment to the IOC Communications Commission by IOC President Bach. Christel has done amazing work in promoting gender equality in sport as well as promoting greater participation of Arabic woman in sport. Christel, we are all proud of you. Young Reporters strike again,” commented Anthony Edgar, manager of the IOC Young Reporters.
As for Krystel, she wrote on her Facebook account:
“It all started in 2009 when I founded the Track & Field Society. I was 16 and motivated to cover Athletics in Lebanon.
“It started with a strong will to change and was followed by many other great experiences, covering the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing 2014 as part of the IOC Young Reporters programme, then covering the Rio 2016 Olympic Games before going to Buenos Aires 2018 as an IOC Young Change-Maker,” said Krystel, who is also a member of the Lebanese Olympic Academy.
“I have no words to describe how happy and motivated I am to join the IOC Communications Commission and serve the Olympic Movement. Especially being the first Lebanese to be part of an IOC Commission.
“We can make it possible, we only need to persevere, work hard and believe that we can.”
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