LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The head of the U.S. Olympic Committee has been nominated for membership of the IOC, a big boost for U.S. efforts to expand its influence on the international Olympic stage.

USOC President Larry Probst was among nine candidates put forward Tuesday for election to the International Olympic Committee. The president of the Russian Olympic Committee, Alexander Zhukov, was also nominated

The nominees were approved by the IOC executive board. The candidates will be up for election — usually a formality — at the full IOC general assembly in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in September.

Probst is in line to become the fourth U.S. member on the IOC, joining Anita DeFrantz, Jim Easton and Angela Ruggiero.