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China's Yu Zaiqing elected IOC VP

07 Feb 2014
Sochi, Russia: China's Yu Zaiqing was elected unopposed as an IOC Vice President at the 126th IOC Session in Sochi on Friday. Mr Yu, who was the only candidate for the position, joined the IOC in 2000 as a Vice President of the Chinese Olympic Committee, served on the IOC Executive Board from 2004-2008 and as Vice President from 2008 to 2012.

"I would like to thank you for your support and trust," he said. "You have given me the opportunity and the responsibility as an IOC Vice President to serve the IOC and work for the movement. I would like to make further efforts and devote my time and energy to promote the Olympic movement in China, the Asian continent and the world."

IOC President Thomas Bach congratulated Mr Yu, 62, on his election and welcomed him back on to the Executive Board, even though the appointment does not start officially until the Olympic flame is extinguished on February 23.

"You are most welcome back in the Executive Board where you have served for eight years with great success. The Executive Board is looking forward to working with you closely," said President Bach, who invited the Chinese sports dignitary to participate in IOC Executive Board events as a guest during the Sochi Winter Olympics before his mandate begins.

Three IOC members were re-elected for a period of eight years, including HRH Prince Tunku Imran, President of the Olympic Council of Malaysia, having entered the IOC in 2006.

"I would like to congratulate them and wish them good luck and all the best for their next term as IOC members. I am sure we can count on you," said IOC President Bach.
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