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2014-02-07

Chinese Yu Zaiqing elected IOC vice-president as Erdener voted onto Executive Board
Friday, 07 February 2014 (Inside the Games)


February 7 - China's Yu Zaiqing has been elected unopposed as vice-president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC)

The 62-year-old takes the place vacated by Thomas Bach after he became IOC President last year. Yu, China's Vice-Minister in charge of the General Administration of Sport, secured 80 yes votes in comparison with just nine against. He will join the three other IOC vice-presidents, Morocco's Nawal El Moutawakel, Britain's Sir Craig Reedie and Australia's John Coates.

Yu, who was executive vice-president of Beijing 2008, has been an IOC member since 2000 and will return for a second vice-presidential stint after serving a four year term between 2008 and 2012. He also served eight years on the IOC Executive Board from 2004 to 2012. Yu holds several posts in China, including being President of the Chinese Basketball Association and head of the Wushu Federation of Asia.

World Archery President Uğur Erdener, meanwhile, has been elected onto the ruling Executive Board after defeating Canadian Dick Pound in a two-man contest. Erdener, also head of the Turkish Olympic Committee, won by 51 votes to 42 to hand Pound his second successive Executive Board defeat after he lost to American Anita DeFrantz by just a single vote at the last IOC Session in Buenos Aires five months ago.

Three IOC members - Gambia's Beatrice Allen of Gambia, Aruba's Nicole Hoevertsz and Malaysia's Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) President Prince Tunku Imran - were also re-elected to serve neweight year terms. The only new IOC member to be elected during the 126th Session here was Denmark Poul-Erik Høyer, President of the Badminton World Federation (BWF), after he secured 76 votes in support and just 12 against

(Read the full story in Inside the Games)