LONDON – Former hurdles champion Nawal El Moutawakel of Morocco and Craig Reedie of Britain have been elected vice presidents of the International Olympic Committee.
Both members were elected unopposed Thursday to fill two vacancies, moving up from their regular positions on the 15-member executive board.
El Moutawakel received 81 votes in favor and 10 against. Reedie received 85 in favor, and four against.
El Moutawakel, who four years ago became the first female from a Muslim nation voted onto the executive board, now becomes the first to reach the vice presidency.
El Moutawakel was the first woman from a predominantly Muslim nation to win an Olympic medal when she took gold in the 400-meter hurdles at the 1984 Los Angeles Games.
Reedie, a former head of the international badminton federation, has been on the IOC board since 2009.