"It is a great honour and, as a member of our badminton family, we are all very proud that you have been elected. Becoming an IOC member is a significant acknowledgement of your work in your country Ethiopia, in Africa and in international sports administration," BWF president Poul-Erik Hoyer was quoted as saying on the BWF website.
Currently BWF Council's Africa vice president, Berhane was among nine welcomed into the IOC Session, which now comprises 111 members.
The 38-year-old, one of six women on the BWF Council, has served in various capacities and continues to do so as president of the Ethiopian Badminton Federation and executive member of the Badminton Confederation of Africa.
--IANS (Posted on 13-09-2013)