The Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee has elected their first-ever Athletes' Commission ©SAOC

The Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee (SAOC) has elected its first-ever Athletes' Commission, with four men and three women set to take roles.

A ballot took place at the SAOC headquarters in Riyadh with 40 athletes casting their vote.

It came with the SAOC aiming to give athletes "a permanent voice" within its Executive Committee and at its General Assembly.

Twenty-four candidates came forward but this list was cut down to 12 based on criteria hopefuls had to meet.

This included English language skills, participation at the Olympics or Asian Games and a clean doping record.

Hany Mohammed al Mohammed, Ibrahim Almuaqel, Bader Adeghaither and Yaquob Al Shahrani are the male representatives to be voted in.

Mayssoun Alsowaigh, Brooq Alsadhan and Lama Alfozan are the women's members.

A vote is cast during the election ©SAOC
A vote is cast during the election ©SAOC

Two more members, one male and one female, will now be selected by the SAOC President to complete the nine member Commission.

"I take the opportunity to congratulate all you and your seven colleagues that have made history with their election to the SAOC Athletes' Committee," said SAOC vice president Prince Abdulaziz Bin Turki Al-Faisal Al Saud. 

"We are very happy and proud to have organised this first ever Athletes' Commission election and, the commitment you have shown as well as your very positive contributions and remarks make me feel that this Commission was highly needed.

"In line with the International Olympic Committee principles, we will continue to empower athletes and place them in the heart of our activities. 

"This Commission comes at the right time to serve as a link between the athletes and SAOC."