Ban Ki-moon to head IOC Ethics Commission

"I believe that ethics is essential to the success of any organisation. That is why I did everything possible to strengthen the culture of ethics at the United Nations," said Ban Ki-moon, the newly-elected Chair of the commission.

Ban replaces outgoing Chair Youssoupha Ndiaye (former President of the Constitutional Court of Senegal).   -  S. SUBRAMANIUM

The International Olympic Committee on Thursday announced former United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will head its Ethics Commission.

"I believe that ethics is essential to the success of any organisation. That is why I did everything possible to strengthen the culture of ethics at the United Nations. I promoted transparency and accountability in every way I could, and I tried to lead by example," said Ban Ki-moon, the newly-elected Chair of the commission.

"I am truly humbled to serve the IOC through this role. […] Together let us do even more to harness the immeasurable potential of sport to foster a better world; a world which we all dream of where human rights are fully respected and protected."

Ban replaces outgoing Chair Youssoupha Ndiaye (former President of the Constitutional Court of Senegal).

IOC President Thomas Bach said: "Congratulations to Mr Ban on his election as Chair of the IOC Ethics Commission. The IOC is honoured that Mr Ban has accepted this responsibility. It shows the trust and standing this Commission enjoys within and outside the world of sport. When Mr Ban took office as Secretary-General of the United Nations, he committed the UN to the highest standards of ethics, integrity, accountability and transparency."

Independent in its functioning, the commission is charged with defining and updating a framework of ethical principles, including a Code of Ethics, based upon the values and principles enshrined in the Olympic Charter. In addition, it investigates facts raised in relation to the non-respect of such ethical principles within the framework of the IOC Code of Ethics and, if necessary, proposes measures or sanctions to the IOC Executive Board.