The Netherlands is hoping another Dutchman will be allowed to take the seat vacated by King Willem-Alexander in the International Olympic Committee. The name of KLM CEO Camiel Eurlings, a former minister of transport, has been forwarded by the Dutch to succeed Willem-Alexander.
The king had to give up his seat under an agreement with the Dutch government at the time he sought membership in the international sporting body. The functions of head of state and IOC-member do not mix, at least not according to The Hague.
Monaco’s Prince Albert II and Luxembourg’s Grand Duke Henri remained members after their accession to the throne.
Willem-Alexander invited IOC-president Jacques Rogge to his investiture and the Dutch forwarded the name of Mr Eurlings as a possible replacement for the king. The IOC decides early September at its meeting in Buenos Aires where also the host city for the 2020 Olympics will be chosen.
Istanbul, Tokyo and Madrid are the contenders, with Madrid having lost out for 2012 and 2016. Last month Spain’s Prince Felipe accompanied Madrid’s delegation to a presentation at IOC’s HQ in Lausanne.
In Britain there is some concern for the Princess Royal who as an IOC-member will attend the meeting in Argentina, a country not always friendly to high ranking British visitors due to the dispute over the Falkland Islands. Princess Anne is not worried a spokesman said. © RB