The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) on Thursday announced the selection of Commonwealth Gold medallist, Dipika Pallikal, as representative of Asia in the CGF Athletes Advisory Commission.
The CGF Athletes Advisory Commission (CGFAAC) was proposed in August 2017 and had reached out to all 71 member Commonwealth Games Associations (CGAs) to nominate an athlete with the potential to serve the Athletes Commission. Each continent is represented by one athlete in CGFAAC.
IOA/CGA India had proposed the name of Dipika Pallikal to represent Asia in the CGFAAC. Dipika’s successful squash career and wins in consecutive Commonwealth Games were credentials to merit. CGF President Louise Martin CBE in an email on 5 July to Ms Dipika and IOA/CGA India informed about Dipika’s selection to represent Asia in the CGFAAC.
On learning about the news Dipika was delighted and said, “I am humbled and honoured to be on the CGFAAC representing Asia. I would like to thank IOA/CGA India for putting forward my name and trusting in my ability to be on such a huge platform. I look forward to working with the rest of the team closely and being a voice for athletes of the Commonwealth Federations.”
“This is a big appointment for India in the CGF and we wish Dipika all the very best in her new assignment in sports governance.” said Mr Rajeev Mehta, Secretary General, IOA.
About the CGFAAC
The CGF Athletes Advisory Commission (CGFAAC) is the body that represents and speaks on behalf of all Commonwealth athletes. The CGFAAC is currently comprised of seven highly-accomplished Commonwealth athletes and medallists with significant previous Games and sports, civic and academic leadership experience. The CGFAAC members were selected to ensure an optimum mix of skills and competencies and balanced representation in relation to geography, religion, team and individual sports, and para sport. THE CGFAAC aims to have equal female and male representation, in support of the Federation’s commitment to gender equality. Members will hold office for a period not exceeding four years and shall be eligible to serve a maximum of two consecutive terms.
The CGFAAC’s main aim is to engage and represent athlete views and help understand and grow the profile, meaning and impact of the Movement’s Athletes at a time of renewed relevance for the Commonwealth and Commonwealth sport.
About CGFAAC Members
Ms Rhona Toft (Chair): Scotland, Hockey, 1998, 2002 and 2006 Commonwealth Games, Scotland’s most decorated and leading hockey goal-scorer of all time;
Ms Dipika Pallikal: India, Squash, Commonwealth Gold medallist (2014) and two Silver medals (2018);
Ms Natalie Du Toit (para-sport representative): South Africa, Swimming, seven-time Commonwealth Gold medallist at 2002, 2006 and 2010 Games;
Dr Nicole Forrester: Canada, Athletics (High Jump), Commonwealth Gold medal (2010) and Bronze (2002);
Mr Colin Gregor: Scotland, Rugby Sevens, 2006 and 2014 Games and Captain from 2009-2014;
Mr Lechezdani Luza: Botswana, Boxing (51kg), 2006 and Commonwealth Silver medallist at 2002 Games;
Ms Alison Shanks: New Zealand, Track Cycling, 2006 and Commonwealth Gold medallist (3000m Individual Pursuit) at 2010 Games;
Mr Brendan Williams: Dominica, Athletics (High Jump), 2010 and 2014 Games.