Campbell misses out on IOC athlete role

Basketball star Pau Gasol is among four elected by Olympic athletes to the IOC athletes commission.
Basketball star Pau Gasol is among four elected by Olympic athletes to the IOC athletes commission.

Australian swim star Cate Campbell is among 26 candidates to miss out on four vacant positions on the International Olympic Committee athletes' commission.

Spanish basketball great Pau Gasol topped the voting, the three-time Olympic medallist getting 1888 votes of more than 6800 cast by athletes at the Tokyo Games.

The other new members elected are cyclist Maja Martyna Wloszczowska of Poland, Italian swimmer Federica Pellegrini and Japan's Yuki Ota, from fencing.

The losing candidates included four-time Olympian Campbell, Danka Bartekova, the Slovakian shooter who has been an IOC member since 2012 and men's high jump gold medalist Mutaz Barshim of Qatar.

The athletes' commission serves as a link between athletes and the IOC.

The quartet elected will serve seven-year terms through Paris 2028 and replace outgoing Athletes' Commission chair Kirsty Coventry, vice-chair Danka Bartekova - who lost a bid for re-election - Tony Estanguet of France and Australian James Tomkins.

"It is fantastic to see the high turnout of athletes participating in the Athletes' Commission election," said Coventry. "We had an impressive list of candidates, and I want to thank all of the candidates for putting up their hands to represent athletes from around the world."

A new chair and vice chair of the commission will be elected August 6.

Australian Associated Press