Olympic athlete and influential sports personality Susanna Rahkamo is a candidate for the European Olympic Committees’ (EOC) Executive committee. The decision on her candidacy was made by the Board of the Finnish Olympic Committee.
– It is significant for Finnish sports and physical activity to get our voice heard in international networks. Susanna is an influential sports personality who cares deeply about responsibility issues as well as increasing exercise in general and top-level sports. As the chair of the EOC Culture and Legacy committee, she has been able to spread the word of young people in the EOC decision-making process, says Timo Ritakallio, chair of the Board of the Finnish Olympic Committee.
– In order to ensure the best possible circumstances for sports and physical activity, we must be active in the core of sports life. To me, it is important that decision-making is based on the same values as sports in general: responsibility, ethical values, and fair game values. I also feel the number of women making decisions on the future of sports should be increased, says Rahkamo.
Rahkamo has represented Finland in the Albertville (1992) and Lillehammer (1994) Winter Olympics. She and her husband Petri Kokko are the 1995 European Champions in ice dancing. She was the chair of the Finnish Figure Skating Association from 2005 to 2015. Rahkamo was selected the vice chair of the Finnish Olympic Committee in 2013, and the chair of the EOC Culture and Legacy committee in 2014. At the moment, the EOC Executive Committee does not have a Finnish member.
The decisions on the future members of the EOC Executive Committee are made in the EOC annual meeting in Zagreb from 23 to 25 November 2017.