EOC President Patrick Hickey and Secretary General Raffaele Pagnozzi (ATR)
(ATR) Patrick Hickey is assured a new term as president of the European Olympic Committees. Hickey is the only candidate nominated by the September 22 deadline to file for the election in November.
“I am delighted to be the single candidate,” Hickey tells Around the Rings
“I hope it shows that my colleagues are happy with my work at the EOC,” he said.
There will be a new vice president. Slovenia’s Janez Kocijancic is the only candidate to file for the post previously held by Russia’s Alexander Kozlovsky, now one of 20 candidates for 12 seats on the executive committee.
Among the other 20 candidates is Sebastian Coe, chairman of the British Olympic Association and ex-chair of London 2012.
Ex-French NOC chief Denis Masseglia is on the ballot, as is Germany’s Michael Vesper. The candidate from Turkey in this election is Hasan Arat, a vice president with the NOC but recently more famous as the voluble leader of the Istanbul bid for the 2020 Olympics.
Sebastian Coe at the EOC assembly (ATR)
There is but one woman among the field of two dozen candidates, Daina Gudzineviciute of Lithuania.
The EOC election will take place during the general assembly in Rome November 22 and 23.
Hickey tells ATR
that ex-IOC president Jacques Rogge is expected to attend; Rogge was EOC president for 10 years prior to heading the IOC. New IOC president Thomas Bach is expected as well as is Association of National Olympic Committees president Sheikh Ahmad Al Sabah.
Also in the works for the EOC is an audience with sports-loving Pope Francis.
The full list of EOC candidate follows:
Mr. Patrick Hickey - Ireland
Mr. Janez Kocijancic – Slovenia
Mr. Raffaele Pagnozzi - Italy
Mr. Kikis Lazarides – Cyprus
Mr. Peter Mennel – Austria
Mr. Chingiz Huseynzada - Azerbaijan
Mr. George Kautulin – Belarus
Mr. Zlatko Matesa - Croatia
Mr. Roman Kumpost – Czech Republic
Mr. Niels Nygaard – Denmark
Mr. Denis Masseglia – France
Mr. Michael Vesper – Germany
Lord Sebastian Coe – Great Britain
Mr. Spyros Capralos – Greece
Mr. Zsigmond Nagy – Hungary
Mr. Efraim (ZIGGY) Zinger – Israel
Mr. Aldons Vrublevskis – Latvia
Ms. Daina Gudzineviciute – Lithuania
15. Mr. Marc Theisen – Luxembourg
16. Mr. Andrzej Krasiniki – Poland
17. Mr. Alexander Kozlovsky – Russian Federation
18. Mr. Frantisek Chmelar – Slovakia
19. Mr. Alejandro Blanco – Spain
20. Mr. Hasan Arat – Turkey
Written and reported by Ed Hula
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