Olympic Council of Malaysia ‘immensely proud’ of IOC Member nomination for Michelle Yeoh

Olympic Council of Malaysia ‘immensely proud’ of IOC Member nomination for Michelle Yeoh

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, September 11, 2023: The Olympic Council of Malaysia extends its heartiest congratulations to Michelle Yeoh on her nomination as one of the distinguished eight new IOC Members set for election during the 141st IOC Session next month in Mumbai, India. 

Michelle Yeoh, a renowned film star and Hollywood blockbuster sensation, is a well-known public figure in Malaysia, having achieved global recognition through her iconic roles in martial arts and dramatic films. 

She is popular for performing her own stunts, leaving an indelible mark on the world action cinema. Her contributions to film acting have earned her numerous awards and she made history as the first Asian to win the Oscar for Best Actress through her role in the film “Everything Everywhere All at Once” in May of this year. 

“Indeed, the nomination of Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh as an IOC Member underscores her unwavering commitment to the world of sports and her broader global impact,” the OCM said.

“This prestigious recognition not only highlights her achievements in the entertainment industry but also acknowledges her dedication to promoting the Olympic Values of Excellence, Respect and Friendship.

“As an IOC Member, she has the opportunity to contribute and share her passion, influence and unique perspective to the highest echelons of the Olympic Movement, further solidifying her role as a global ambassador for both sports and cultural exchange,” the statement added.

The President of the Olympic Council of Malaysia, Dr. Norza Zakaria, added: “NOC Malaysia offers Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh our heartiest felicitations on her nomination for the IOC membership. We are immensely proud of her nomination and wholeheartedly support it.

“Her presence within the supreme authority of the Olympic Movement will undoubtedly serve as a platform for the voice of Malaysia to be heard at the highest level in sports.”

On September 8, the IOC Executive Board agreed to propose eight new IOC Members for election to the 141st IOC Session, which will meet in Mumbai, India, from 15 to 17 October 2023. In doing so, it is following the recommendations of the IOC Members Election Commission.

Michelle Yeoh has been proposed as an Independent Individual IOC Member.  

The eight proposed new IOC Members also include Mr Kim Jae Youl of Korea, President of the International Skating Union, who has been proposed due to his link to an International Federation.