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Originally published Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 11:58 AM

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IOC nominates Fredericks, 4 others for membership

Former Olympic sprinter Frank Fredericks of Namibia and former badminton world champion Li Lingwei of China have been nominated as members of the International Olympic Committee.

The Associated Press

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland —

Former Olympic sprinter Frank Fredericks of Namibia and former badminton world champion Li Lingwei of China have been nominated as members of the International Olympic Committee.

Fredericks, a silver medalist in the 100 and 200 meters at the 1992 and 1996 Olympics, has served as an athlete member on the IOC since 2004. His eight-year term expires this year, and he has been put forward as a full individual member.

Li was a three-time world champion in badminton in the 1980s.

Also nominated Wednesday were the heads of three national Olympic committees - Takeda Tsunekazu of Japan, Aisha Garad Ali of Djibouti and Pierre-Olivier Beckers of Belgium.

The five candidates will come up for formal election at the IOC meeting July 26 in London.

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