(ATR) Ki Moon Ban once kept the United Nations in order as secretary general. Now he is the first elected chairman of the IOC Ethics Commission.
He is number six in the 2018 edition of the Around the Rings Golden 25. Published since 1997, the Golden 25 is an annual review of people, events and issues expected to influence the Olympic Movement in the year ahead.
The Korean diplomat served 10 years at the U.N. where he grew familiar with the work of the IOC. He became a regular in the Olympic Torch relay, paired in Sochi and Rio with IOC President Thomas Bach.
Ban was elected in September to chair a revamped IOC Ethics Commission, chosen for his independence.
Ban and his colleagues on the nine-member commission have yet to issue any major rulings, but the pending files deal with sensitive cases awaiting developments in legal proceedings external to the IOC.
Most recently, the panel recommended the suspension of Frank Fredericks while French prosecutors weigh possible charges against the Namibian Olympian and IOC member. He faces allegations that he may have received money to influence his vote for the 2016 Olympic host.
At some point the Ethics Commission will have to decide whether to take any action in the case of Patrick Hickey, suspended as an IOC member while awaiting the resolution of ticket touting charges lodged during the Rio Olympics.
Never before has the IOC Ethics Commission had to deal with questions of sexual assault, but at least one case involving a member is being studied, pending further developments.
As the integrity of sports bodies worldwide face integrity challenges, the IOC, a symbol for the highest of ideals, may have higher expectations from the public and those it serves. Ban and the Ethics Commission have the duty to make sure the IOC doesn’t disappoint.
Although the IOC needs a member in South Korea with the stature of Ban, at 73 he is now too old to serve. Ethics Commission chair and torch relay runner is as good as it will get for Ban and the IOC.
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Reported by Ed Hula.