Nikolaou elected IOC VP

International Olympic Committee member Lambis Nikolaou was elected as one of IOC’s four vice-presidents on Saturday, in what was seen as a gesture of gratitude for Athens’s highly successful staging of the 2004 Olympics. Nikolaou, 70, defeated Australia’s Kevan Gosper 49-45. Gosper had served two terms as vice-president in the past. «I am overwhelmed,» Nikolaou said, choking back tears, after the vote. «I feel this honor is a reward you are giving to my country and myself,» he told the delegates to IOC’s 117th plenary session, which ended Saturday in Singapore. Nikolaou, elected to the 15-member IOC executive board in 2001, replaces Russia’s Vitaly Smirnov, whose four-year term expired. In an election to fill the vice-presidential seat once occupied by Korea’s Kim Un-yong, who resigned last month over allegations of corruption, Japan’s Chiharu Igaya defeated Gosper 51-42. Nikolaou and Igaya join James Easton of the US and Sweden’s Gunilla Lindberg as vice-presidents. Singapore’s Ser Mian Ng was elected to Nikolaou’s vacated executive board seat. (AP, Kathimerini)

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