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Thomas Bach

Ger­many’s was elected pres­i­dent of the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee in suc­ces­sion to the out­go­ing Jac­ques Rogge. In an elec­tion at the IOC Ses­sion in Buenos Aires, Bach won a ma­jor­ity of 49 votes in the sec­ond round, plac­ing him well ahead of Puerto Rico’s Richard Car­rion, in sec­ond place with 29 votes. Sin­ga­pore’s Ser Miang Ng gained six votes, Switzer­land’s De­nis Oswald five votes and Ukraine’s Sergey Bubka four votes. Chi­nese Taipei’s Ching-Kuo Wu was elim­i­nated af­ter the first round of vot­ing.

Mario An­drada,

a lead­ing Brazil­ian jour­nal­ist, was ap­pointed as com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor for Rio 2016, the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee for the next sum­mer Olympic Games. An­drada re­placed Car­los Vil­lanova, who re­turned to work for the Brazil­ian govern­ment af­ter more than two years on the Rio 2016 pro­ject.

Alan Dick­son

Sir Philip Craven,

Great Bri­tain’s will bat­tle it out with in­cum­bent also of Great Bri­tain, for the pres­i­dency of the In­ter­na­tional Par­a­lympic Com­mit­tee at an elec­tion later this year. They are the only two can­di­dates for the pres­i­dency, with the elec­tion sched­uled for Novem­ber 24, dur­ing the IPC Congress in Athens, Greece. There were fresh con­cerns over Rio de Janeiro’s prepa­ra­tions for host­ing the 2016 Olympic Games af­ter the res­ig­na­tion of the head of the pub­lic body co-or­di­nat­ing plan­ning for the event. It was an­nounced that

who led the Olympic Pub­lic Au­thor­ity (APO), had quit in a let­ter handed to Brazil­ian pres­i­dent Dilma Rouss­eff.

Marcio Fortes,

Craig Reedie,

the UK’s In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­ber and for­mer chair of the Bri­tish Olympic As­so­ci­a­tion, was nom­i­nated by the IOC to be­come the new pres­i­dent of the World Anti-Dop­ing Agency, re­plac­ing Aus­tralia’s John Fa­hey, who was nom­i­nated by the govern­ments that back WADA. Reedie sur­vived a late chal­lenge from Ed­win Moses, the for­mer dou­ble Olympic and world 400m hur­dles cham­pion, who has a strong anti-dop­ing track record, and was ap­pointed chair of the board of di­rec­tors of the US Anti-Dop­ing Agency in Septem­ber last year.

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