Michelle Yeoh joins IOC as one of eight new members
17 October 2023
By Wartawan Nabalu News
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's Oscar-winning actor Michelle Yeoh became one of the eight new members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Tuesday at the 141st IOC session in Mumbai, India.
Yeoh, who won the best actress award for "Everything Everywhere All at Once" earlier this year, was the first Asian woman to receive an Academy Award. She was elected by 67 votes to nine, with one abstention.
The 61-year-old star of "Tomorrow Never Dies" and "Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon" was introduced by Britain's Princess Anne as "a Malaysia junior squash champion" before the vote.
She stood up and placed her hand on her heart when the result was announced.
She and the other newly elected members then took the Olympic oath and received an IOC member medal from its president Thomas Bach.
Yeoh was accompanied in Mumbai by her husband Jean Todt, the former president of motorsport governing body FIA.