The NOC and its Executive Board welcome new members


General Assembly of Estonian Olympic Committee confirmed the Estonian Casting Association and Irina Embrich, Tõnu Endrekson, Tõnu Tõniste, Erki Nool and Jüri Tamm as new members of the NOC. The General Assembly also confirmed Kristjan Port, who is replacing Mati Alaver, as a member of the NOC’s Executive Board.

Pictured (from left to right): Tõnu Tõniste, Tõnu Endrekson, Irina Embrich, Erki Nool, Jüri Tamm. Photo by Raul Mee / NOC

Urmas Sõõrumaa, the president of the Estonian Olympic Committee, said he was glad to see the addition to the NOC. “As the umbrella organisation for Estonian sports, we are to ensure that our members are the broadest and most worthy representation of sport. Our new members have earned their status with honour and are bringing new energy into the organisation,” Sõõrumaa said. 

Estonian Casting Association was accepted as a new organizational member of the NOC. Casting involves competitions in spinning reel and fly casting for accuracy and distance. The individuals confirmed as new NOC members are World Champion fencer Irina Embrich and two-time Olympic medallist, rower Tõnu Endrekson, as well as decathlon Olympic champion Erki Nool, hammer throw two-time Olympic bronze medallist Jüri Tamm and sailing Olympic silver and bronze medallist Tõnu Tõniste, who have made remarkable contribution to the development of sports and Olympic movements. The two latter are also currently serving as Vice Presidents of the NOC.

The General Assembly stripped Mati Alaver and Andrus Veerpalu of their NOC membership. The General Assembly also gave final approval to Mati Alaver’s resignation from the Executive Board; he had officially remained on the Board to that moment.  

Kristjan Port was elected a new member of the Executive Board, which is the NOC management organ. “The Estonian sports organisation is like a good athlete and being on the Executive Board feels like being a part of a joined effort,” Port said. 

Pictured: Kristjan Port. Photo by Raul Mee / NOC

The NOC president, Urmas Sõõrumaa, welcomed Kristjan Port as a part of his team. “His remarkably broad knowledge of sport and combatting against doping as well as his properly aligned moral compass are especially important, considering the circumstances,” Sõõrumaa said. 

The General Assembly is the highest governing body of the NOC. The General Assembly is held at least once a year, in spring, and also in the autumn of the year when the Summer Olympics take place. All NOC member can participate and vote in the General Assembly, each member having one vote.