FIFA chief Sepp Blatter and Lydia Nsekera (Getty)

(WFI) Lydia Nsekera, the first woman elected to the FIFA Executive Committee, has been appointed to chair an International Olympic Committee commission.

The former head of the Burundi Football Association was this week appointed as chair of the IOC Women and Sport Commission. She replaced Anita DeFrantz, the IOC member from the USA, who had led the committee since it was formed 20 years ago.

IOC president Thomas Bach’s appointment of Nsekera was part of his reshuffle of IOC commissions for 2014, which sees an increase in female members (23 per cent) and a broader geographical representation. There are two more commissions chaired by women and 22 more positions held by women in 2014 than in 2013.

An IOC member since 2009, Nsekera was ousted as president of the Burundi Football Association last November. She lost to Reverien Ndikuriyo, 31 votes to 25.

Nsekera, who had led the federation since 2004, was the only female national football federation leader until 2012 when Sierra Leone elected a woman to head its own association.

She was co-opted by FIFA as the first woman to join the ExCo at the governing body’s congress in 2012.

At the May 2013 FIFA Congress in Mauritius, she was elected by 209 member federations to serve a four-year executive committee term.

Despite defeat in November’s elections, FIFA said Nsekera would remain in that position until May 2017.

By INSIDER editor Mark Bisson

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