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Rogge re-elected IOC president

Oct. 9, 2009 at 8:02 AM   |   Comments

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Jacques Rogge was re-elected president of the International Olympic Committee in a near-unanimous vote Friday in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Rogge is completing his first term as IOC president, a position he was elected to in 2001. The full IOC voted 88-1 to given Rogge, 67, a second term. The IOC president is elected to an eight-year term and can be returned to office for one four-year term.

Rogge is the eighth person elected IOC president. He's a driving force behind the establishment of the Youth Olympic Games, which will have its first completion next year in Singapore. He has also focused on anti-doping efforts in the Olympic Movement.

"We will narrow the gap in sport between the developed and the developing worlds; and between men and women," Rogge said. "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 IOC also elected Ser Miang Ng of Singapore and Mario Pescante of Italy as vice presidents and John Coates of Australia and Craig Reedie of the United Kingdom to the group's Executive Board.

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