Pierre-Olivier Beckers and Danka Bartekova were among new and re-elected Ethics Commission members ©Getty Images

Slovakia's Danka Bartekova and Papua New Guinea's Auvita Rapilla have been elected to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Ethics Commission here today.

Belgium's Pierre-Olivier Beckers, chair of the IOC Coordination Commission for Paris 2024, was also re-elected for a fresh four year term.

Bartekova, also elected IOC Athletes' Commission vice-chair yesterday, will serve a two-year term until Tokyo 2020 after replacing Yang Yang of China.

Rapilla will serve a four-year term in place of Fiji's Robin Mitchell, who resigned from his role following his election as an Executive Board member.

All were unopposed for their respective positions.

Both Rapilla and Beckers received 76 votes in favour and seven against while Bartekova managed 81 in favour and five against.

The Commission is chaired by former United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and also includes Patricia O'Brien, Ireland's former Ambassador to France, Geert Corstens, ex-President of the Supreme Court of The Netherlands, former Swiss Confederation President Samuel Schmid, and China's International Court of Justice Judge, Xue Hanqin.

The Ethics Commission is described as "independent" but concerns have been raised about the wisdom of having four representatives who are also IOC members.

The IOC Ethics Commission also neither opens cases or directly makes decisions.

At present, potential cases are first received by the IOC ethics and compliance office, a new department set up in 2015 run by IOC chief ethics and compliance officer Päquerette Girard Zappelli.

She conducts an analysis of the specific case - which is limited by how she has no staff to carry out specific investigatory work - before, if she so wishes, the case is referred to the Ethics Commission.

They will then make a private recommendation back to the IOC Executive Board, who deliver a final verdict.

Newly elected embers of the IOC Ethics Commission pose with the panel's chair, Ban Ki-moon ©Getty Images
Newly elected embers of the IOC Ethics Commission pose with the panel's chair, Ban Ki-moon ©Getty Images

It appears that the IOC have no intention to change any of these aspects, despite it being much less independent than equivalent systems in other organisations, such as the Athletics Integrity Unit set-up as a separate entity to the International Association of Athletics Federations.

Moon claimed in his speech today that, due to the "principle of confidentiality of the cases, unfortunately it is not possible to disclose detailed information on the ongoing cases". 

IOC members Alex GIlady and Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah are among those currently under investigation.

He did highlight, though, an ongoing reform process on rules regarding conflicts of interest.

"One of the missions of the IOC Ethics Commission is to update the rules and therefore, during its meeting in November 2017, the IOC Ethics Commission observed that the only text which had never been reviewed was the rules concerning conflict of interests," he said. 

"The current text was approved in 2002 by the IOC Session in Mexico. 

"The understanding of the situation of conflict of interests, as well as the tolerance for such situation evolved considerably over the past 15 years. 

"Therefore, it has been decided to ask for a full review of this text. 

"Hopefully, we will be able to present an enhanced regulation over the coming year."