Kirsty Coventry is to chair the IOC's Brisbane 2032 Coordination Commission ©Getty Images

Kirsty Coventry has been appointed to chair the International Olympic Committee Coordination Commission for Brisbane 2032.

The Zimbabwean swimmer is a seven-time Olympic medallist and became a full IOC member at the organisation's Session in Tokyo in July, coinciding with her term as chair of the IOC Athletes' Commission coming to an end.

As chair of the Coordination Commission, Coventry will be expected to play a leading role in the build-up to the Games, especially the IOC's dialogue with the local Organising Committee. 

"It is a great honour to be chosen to lead the Coordination Commission for Brisbane 2032," Coventry said.

"As a five-time Olympian and former Chair of the Athletes' Commission, I will always put athletes at the heart of these Games. 

"Brisbane 2032 has an exciting concept which will deliver a great legacy for the region and the country, but most importantly it will deliver great Games for the athletes and for the fans. 

"Working with such a dynamic Coordination Commission, we can help the organisers with our energy and experience to bring their ideas to life."

Twelve IOC members have been named to the Coordination Commission, eight of them women.

American Anita DeFrantz is vice-chair.

Baklai Temengil from Palau, and Papua New Guinea's Auvita Rapilla are the body's two members from Oceania.

World Rowing President Jean-Christophe Rolland from France, the Brazilian International Paralympic Committee President Andrew Parsons, Italian swimmer Federica Pellegrini, Mikaela Cojuangco Jaworski of the Philippines, Paraguay's Camilo Pérez López Moreira, Ethiopian member Dagmawit Girmay Berhane, Saudi Arabian Princess Reema Bandar Al-Saud and Ugandan William Blick complete the Coordination Commission.

Brisbane will be the third Australian city to host the Olympics, after Melbourne 1956 and Sydney 2000 ©Getty Images
Brisbane will be the third Australian city to host the Olympics, after Melbourne 1956 and Sydney 2000 ©Getty Images

Coventry is already chair of the IOC Coordination Commission for the Dakar 2026 Youth Olympic Games, and was a member of the Tokyo 2020 Coordination Commission.

Also Zimbabwe's Sports Minister, Coventry has been an IOC member since 2013.

Today's appointment represents a continuation of Coventry's rise through the ranks of the Olympic Movement.

It is the second significant appointment related to the 2032 Olympic and Paralympics to be announced today, after Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk named herself Minister for the Olympics.

Brisbane was confirmed as the 2032 Games host at the IOC Session in Tokyo on July 21.

It was the sole candidate presented to the Session, having already been approved by the IOC Executive Board.

It is the first time that Olympic hosting rights have been awarded under the new system, whereby a traditional bid race has been replaced by the IOC Future Host Commission identifying and proposing hosts to the Executive Board.