POSTED: October 9th 2009
Rogge re-elected: Pescante and Ng new vice-presidents
SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT / Sports Features Communications
COPENHAGEN: Jacques Rogge has been reconfirmed as president of the International Olympic Committee for the next four years with an 88-1 vote in secret ballot. This will be his second and final term as IOC president.
In the executive board elections Mario Pescante (Italy), honorary president of the European Olympic Committees, was elevated to vice-president together with Ser Miang Ng (Singapore), president of the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee.
Sir Craig Reedie, director of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games, and Australian NOC president John Coates were elected to the executive board. Reedie is the first British member for almost 50 years.
As the president looks to his second term he has an ambitious vision to realise.
In a statement issued by the IOC Rogge said he intended to implement the recommendations of the IOC congress and to focus on the youth:
“We have much more to do. We will take this initiative from infancy to maturity and leave a lasting legacy for the world’s youth. We will safeguard and strengthen our assets, and improve our framework for sharing revenues.
“We will continue to support national Olympic committees and the international federations, and we will defend the autonomy of sport wherever it is threatened.
“We will be staunch allies for athletes. We will continue to lead the fight against doping, and we will establish a new independent monitoring body to combat irregular betting and match fixing.
“We will narrow the gap in sport between the developed and the developing worlds; and between men and women.
“We will redouble our efforts to place sport at the service of mankind — to inspire young and old alike; to give athletes the opportunity to lead by example; and promote the Olympic values of fair play, respect, solidarity and the pursuit of excellence.”
The executive board now comprises: Thomas Bach, Zaiqing Yu, Mario Pescante and Ser Miang Ng as Vice-Presidents; and Sam Ramsamy, Gerhard Heiberg, Denis Oswald, René Fasel, Mario Vázquez Raña, Frank Fredericks, Nawal El Moutawakel, Richard L. Carrión, Craig Reedie and John Coates.
Six new members were elected to join the IOC - Richard Peterkin (St Lucia), Crown Prince Frederick of Denmark, Habu Ahmed Gumel (Nigeria), Habib Abdul Nabi Macki (Oman), Lydia Nsekera (Burundi) and Göran Petersson (Sweden).
Petersson was elected for his role as president of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) however the others are individuals. The new members will serve eight-year terms. This puts IOC membership at 112.
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