China's Yu elected IOC VP, Turkey's Erderner on Board

Reuters News
Posted: Feb 07, 2014 3:54 AM

By Karolos Grohmann

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - China's Zaiqing Yu was re-elected vice president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Friday, with Turkey's Ugur Erdener, a member of Istanbul's failed 2020 Games bid, voted onto the powerful Executive Board.

The Chinese sports administrator, an IOC Vice President from 2008-20012, was the only candidate for the vacant spot.

Erdener, president of World Archery, beat senior IOC member Richard Pound of Canada by nine votes to win a spot on the executive board, which essentially shapes most of the IOC's policies.

"I congratulate Professor Erdener and I am adding to my impressive collection of silver medals in recent IOC elections," said Canadian Pound, a former head of the World Anti-Doping Agency who unsuccessfully ran for IOC president in 2001.

Denmark's Poul-Erik Hoyer, head of the International Badminton Federation since 2013, joined the organization as its latest ex-officio member.

(Reporting by Karolos Grohmann, editing by Mitch Phillips)