IOC member quits amid assault allegations

Camiel Eurlings has resigned as a member of the International Olympic Committee after facing allegations that he assaulted a former girlfriend in his native Netherlands.

Eurlings was accused of assault in 2015 and an agreement was reached last year to settle the case out of court, with the Dutchman not admitting culpability.

However, the former government minister and chief executive of the KLM airline said that ongoing discussions about whether he should remain an IOC member diverts the focus “from what things should be about – sport and athletes”.

Concerns about Eurlings’ conduct were reignited in recent days after he admitted to “a mutual scuffle” with his ex-girlfriend in an interview with the Dutch media.

According to the Associated Press news agency, the 44-year-old added: “I greatly regret the course of events.”

The IOC, which described the matter last year as “a private matter”, said: “Although we regret his decision, which is a personal one, we respect the step taken in the interests of the lOC, of the Olympic movement, and of all involved.”

Eurlings, who was elected to succeed King Willem-Alexander as an IOC member in 2013, was one of only five IOC members to sit on the governing body’s financial panel and also chaired the organisation’s communications commission.

In November, the IOC confirmed it was investigating allegations of sexual assault and harassment surrounding Alex Gilady. The 74-year-old, a former executive at the NBC network, is vice-chairman of the IOC panel overseeing preparations for the Tokyo 2020 summer Olympic Games. The allegations date back to his time as a television executive in Israel.