Hoy to run for IOC position

Hoy with the last kilo gold

Hoy with the last kilo gold (Image credit: AFP Photo)

Olympic gold medallist Chris Hoy was nominated to the International Olympic Committee athletes' commission on Friday. The British rider won the kilometre time trial at the 2004 Athens Olympics, and was chosen as a nominee for one of the four vacant positions on the 19-member panel. If chosen during the election at the 2008 Beijing Games, Hoy will serve an eight-year term on the commission which includes British members Phil Craven, Craig Reedie and Princess Anne.

"It has never been more important for the voice of athletes to be heard clearly and effectively," Hoy said, according to AP. "There are many issues facing Olympic athletes, in particular the difficulties surrounding the fight against doping and the transition when your competitive career comes to an end."

Once a specialist in the 'kilo', Hoy will now focus on the team pursuit since the kilo was removed from the Olympic programme.

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