Former Kenya 7s skipper Humphrey Kayange has been appointed to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Athletes’ Commission by president Thomas Bach for a four-year term.
The 39-year-old was elected alongside three other members on Friday, 6th August, in Tokyo.
According to communication from the IOC, Kayange received the highest number of votes of the African candidates.
“In consultation with outgoing IOC Athletes’ Commission chair Kirsty Coventry, I have appointed rugby player Humphrey Kayange from Kenya to the IOC AC in order to have a better geographical balance,” IOC boss Bach said in a statement.
America’s Emma Terho was elected chair of the IOC Athletes’ Commission while Korean Seung Min Ryu became the vice-chair.
Kayange, who is a member of Kenya’s Olympics Executive Committee, joins Paul Tergat in the international organisation.
Kayange captained Shujaa’s Sevens during the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, before announcing his retirement in October the same year.
In 2010, he was awarded the presidential Order of Golden Warriors (OGW) alongside his brother, Collins Injera, for their performance in the 2008/2009 IRB world series.