BUENOS AIRES: Kirsty Coventry will chair the International Olympic Committee coordination commission for the Youth Olympic Games in Dakar, Senegal, in 2022.

The award to the Senegalese capital is controversial because the country is sheltering Papa Massa Diack who is wanted in France for questioning over allegations of a dope-testing bribery cover-up while he was working for the world athletics’ federation, the IAAF.

Coventry’s appointment was announced at the IOC Session during the Youth Games in Buenos Aires. 

Zimbabwe’s most decorated athlete collected seven Olympic medals, including gold in the 200m backstroke at Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008. 

As Zimbabwe’s Minister for Sport and chair of the IOC athletes’ commission, she was hailed by the IOC as “is a keen advocate for youth sports development, having also kick-started her own academy with the goal of reducing drowning deaths within her home nation.”

Other commission members will be IOC members Paul Tergat, Nawal El Moutawakel, Gunilla Lindberg and Li Lingwei (chair of the Buenos Aires 2018 coordination commission), Andrew Ryan (executive director of ASOIF) and Leandro Larossa (ceo of Buenos Aires 2018).