The United States will have increased representation on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) with David Haggerty’s election via a vote Friday of the IOC’s Executive Board in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Haggerty was elected along with Yasuhiro Yamashita of Japan and Gianni Infantino of Italy to bring the IOC’s membership total to 101. Haggerty is the third American member, along with Olympic rowing medalist and IOC Vice President Anita DeFrantz and Olympic gold medalist cross-country skier Kikkan Randall, who serves on the Athletes’ Commission.
Haggerty comes from a tennis background, having served as the president of the International Tennis Federation (ITF) since 2015 — becoming the only American heading up an international sports governing body — and previous to that as president of the United States Tennis Association. Haggerty also has 30 years of experience in the sporting goods industry, having served as chairman of Head USA, president of Dunlop Slazenger Sports and general manager of the Prince Tennis Company.
He was also a ranked American player as a junior and attended George Washington University on a tennis scholarship. A brief pro career followed.
As president of the ITF, one of Haggerty’s major achievements has been overhauling the format of the Davis Cup so that the 18-team final stage is now played in one city over several days. Spain won the tournament on home soil this past November over Canada in the final. Haggerty was a surprise ITF president winner in 2015, securing the election by just 10 votes, but was re-elected in a landslide in September 2019. In his second term, Haggerty hopes to bring improvements to the Fed Cup, the women’s equivalent of the Davis Cup.
New candidates are elected to the IOC per terms of Olympic Agenda 2020, first passing through the IOC Members Election Commission chaired by Princess Anne of the United Kingdom. Several criteria are considered for membership and prospective members also undergo an integrity check from the IOC Ethics Commission.