A Pacific sports icon plans to call it a day in 2025 when his term with the Oceania National Olympic Committee (ONOC) ends.
Dr Robin Mitchell has been the longest-serving member on the board of the International Olympics Committee (IOC) and the longest serving president of ONOC.
“Yeah I doubt it (that I will continue), time to look at the sunset when it happens,” he told the Pacific Advocate in an exclusive interview.
“But I am still doing other things that are linked to ONOC, so most likely I’m going to see how that goes because I have other jobs linked with ONOC but might be in a different role. No time to stand still otherwise you will get old.”
Respected and renowned in the Pacific, Dr. Mitchell is the first and only Pacific Islander to be a member of the IOC. He has been a member for 28 years and was also the first Pacific Islander to become the president back in 2009.
Dr. Mitchell held many sports administration positions in the past, beginning as a physician for the Fiji team from 1984 – 1992, and served as Chairman for the Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympics Committee Medical Commission in 1985.
From 1985 – 1993, he was a member of the ONOC Medical Commission, and was also a founding board member of the World Anti-Doping Agency.
Apart from being a distinguished regional sports administrator Dr. Mitchell also represented Fiji in hockey and athletics. In addition, he has been the president of Fiji Hockey since 2005.
According to a statement written by Athletics Fiji, “he has had an illustrious career as a sportsman, a coach, a doctor and a sports administrator, which has seen him reach unprecedented heights for a Pacific Islander.”
Listed below are his achievements with the IOC.
– IOC Congress from 2006 -2009
– IOC Ethics from 2013 -2018
– IOC Coordination for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020, from 2013 – 2021
– Vice Chair of the IOC Medical Commission from 2014 -2015
– IOC Nominations from (2014 – 2015)
– IOC Members’ Election in 2015
– Member of the IOC Executive Board in 2017
– Chair of the IOC Olympic Solidarity Commission in 2018
– IOC Co-ordination for the Games of the XXVII Olympiad Sydney 2000 (1999 – 2000)
– IOC Women in Sports from 2020 to date.