Anita DeFrantz will soon have another American sitting near her on the International Olympic Committee.
DeFrantz has been the sole U.S. member on the IOC since 1991 when Robert Helmick resigned amid conflict-of-interest allegations.After a search of nearly three years, the vacancy is set to be filled. DeFrantz indicated that IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch has agreed on the replacement and the name will be announced at the end of the IOC session in Paris on Sept. 5.
The list of candidates includes Andrew Young, the former U.N. ambassador and former Atlanta mayor who currently holds a high position on the organizing committee for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
Getting a second member on the IOC is especially important for the United States with Atlanta hosting the next Olympics and Salt Lake City, Utah, bidding for the 2002 Winter Games.