FORMER Bond Girl and Oscar-winning actress Michelle Yeoh has been elected to the International Olympic Committee.
More recently she earned a Best Actress Oscar for her performance in Everything Everywhere All at Once.
In doing so, she became the first Asian woman to achieve the feat.
Despite her Hollywood success, Yeoh has always retained a passion for sport, having been a Malaysian junior squash champion.
She has now been elected to the IOC Committee alongside seven other new members ahead of next year’s Paris Games.
Upon her election, Yeoh said: “I remember when someone asked me, how did you become an actress?
“I always said, ‘I never dreamt of being an actress, but as a child I always dreamt of being an Olympian.
“Sports was very much part of my life growing up, I was very much involved with squash, athletics, swimming and diving.
“It has always been there and growing, but how do I find a way to join this [IOC] family?
“They are very tight-knit and also they have to be very sure that you share their passion, you share their commitment and ideology.
“So it took me a little while to ensure this is what I do believe in and I need to be part of this family.”
Yeoh wed former FIA chief Jean Todt earlier this year.
She has also starred in blockbuster hits including Crazy Rich Asians, Memoirs of a Geisha and Shang-Chi and the Legend
of the Ten Rings.
Following the latest elections, the IOC’s membership has risen to 107.
Thomas Bach, IOC president, said of his new members: “What they all have in common is their love of sport and their strong belief in the Olympic values and what the IOC stands for.”