POSTED: February 19th 2013
Giovanni Malago elected new head of the Italian Olympic Committee CONI
LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications
February 19 - Giovanni Malago edged out Raffaele Pagnozzi to take the presidency by five votes winning 40 -35 at the national council elections in the CONI headquarters today. He is the organization's 15th president.
Malago is a Rome luxury car businessman and also the head of the prestigous Circolo Canottieri Aniene that has produced a number of Olympic champions.
Pagnozzi also serves as the secretary general of the European Olympic Committees (EOC) that are headquartered on the CONI sports compound.
"In sport it's difficult to win, but it's also difficult not to win - I embrace Pagnozzi. I consider this job to be the most important there is in this country. I'll do everything to honour it," he said at the election today.
Malago was also in charge of the Rome 2009 FINA world swimming championships held on the grounds of CONI.
A new board was also elected and interesting to note Riccardo Fraccari who is co-president of the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) currently trying to get the sports back on the 2020 Olympic program was not re-elected to the CONI board.
BOARD OFFICERS (7) : Franco Chimenti (49 votes), Luciano Buonfiglio (47), George Poor (37), Paolo Barelli (35), Giancarlo Abete (33), Sergio Anesi (10), Fabio Pigozzi (10). Not elected: Renato Di Rocco (32), Angelo Binaghi (29), Riccardo Fraccari (29) Ugo Matteoli (28), Flavio Roda (18)
ATHLETES (2) : Alessandra Sensini (36 votes), Fiona May (24). Not elected: Paolo Vaccari (8), Oscar De Pellegrin (6)
TECHNICAL (1) : Valentina Turisini (72 votes)
REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE OF COMMITTEES : Fabio Sturani (47 votes). Not elected: Gianfranco Porqueddu (26)
PROVINCIAL DELEGATES REPRESENTATIVE : William Talent (43 votes).Not elected: Giuseppe Iacono (28)
ORGANIZATIONS FOR SPORTS PROMOTION : Maximum Achini (36 votes). Not elected: John Gallo (31), Nazzareno Blacks (1)
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