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Russian Olympic Committee elects new president

Former President of the ROC Alexander Zhukov decided not to take part in the election
Stanislav Pozdnyakov Alexander Shcherbak/TASS
Stanislav Pozdnyakov
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MOSCOW, May 29. /TASS/. Stanislav Pozdnyakov, a four-time Olympic gold medalist in fencing, has been elected president of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC), a TASS correspondent informed.

The election of the organization’s president took place during Tuesday’s Olympic Committee meeting in Moscow. Along with the 44-year-old Pozdnyakov, four-time Olympic gold medalist in swimming and the 46-year-old honorary ROC member Alexander Popov aimed to take the presidential seat. In all, 272 delegates participated in the meeting, 214 of which voted for Pozdnyakov, while 56 participants supported Popov. One delegate’s ballot was considered invalid, and one delegate failed to attend the meeting, putting the total number of ROC voters at 270.

During the meeting, Vladimir Sengleyev was reelected as ROC’s Director General, with 237 votes (81.1% of all voting delegates). Anastasia Davydova was reelected as ROC’s Secretary General with 245 votes (90%). Sengleyev and Davydova assumed their posts in May 2014.

Former President of ROC Alexander Zhukov decided not to take part in the election of the organization’s chief due to his busy work schedule in the State Duma [Russia’s lower house of parliament], where he serves as First Deputy Chairman.

Vitaly Smirnov served as president of ROC from 1992 to 2001, Leonid Tyagachov was head of the organization in 2001-2010. Zhukov took over after the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver.