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From the IOC website -
The Executive Board, founded in 1921, consists of the IOC President, four Vice-Presidents and ten other members. All the members of the Executive Board are elected by the Session, by secret ballot, by a majority of votes cast, for a four-year term.
The members of the IOC are individuals who act as the IOC's representatives in their respective countries, not as delegates of their country within the IOC. The members meet once a year at the IOC Session. They retire at the end of the calendar year of which they turn 70 years, unless they were elected before the opening of the 110th Session (11 December 1999). In that case, they must retire when they reach the age of 80. The term of office for all members is eight years, renewable every eight years. The IOC chooses and elects its members from among such persons as its nominations committee considers qualified. All Olympic Movement members have the right to submit nominations.
From the IOC website FAQ -
How does one become a member of the International Olympic Committee?
The members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) are all natural persons. The IOC includes among its members active and non-active athletes and Presidents or senior leaders of International Sports Federations (IFs), international organisations recognised by the IOC.
The IOC recruits and elects its members from among such persons as it considers qualified.Source(s): http://www.olympic.org/uk/organisation/ioc/index_u... http://www.olympic.org/uk/utilities/faq_detail_uk....