Rogge re-elected IOC president

Rogge re-elected IOC president

Golf, rugby sevens added to 2016 Olympic schedule

Jacques Rogge

The 67-year-old Belgian, who has served as IOC president since 2001, was the only candidate and needed a simple majority in the vote. The IOC voted 88-1 in favor of his re-election. Three members abstained from voting. 

“You have given me a great honour. We have accomplished a lot together,” Rogge said. “Our focus now is on the future. We have a lot of work to do.”

Brazilian IOC member Joao Havelange asked that the vote be done simply by acclamation, but Rogge insisted on a secret ballot.

Also, the IOC elected Mario Pescante of Italy and Ser Miang Ng of Singapore as new vice presidents, rejecting two other candidates. CK Wu of Taiwan and Samih Moudallal of Syria had also submitted candidatures for vice president. Craig Reedie of Britain and John D Coates of Australia were elected to the executive board. Moudallal, Wu and Patrick Hickey of Ireland also ran for the posts. The Olympic body also re-elected its current 106 members.  “We will be staunch allies of the athletes,” Rogge said. “We will narrow the gap in sports between the developed and developing worlds, and between men and women.”

Meanwhile, golf and rugby sevens have been added to the Olympic schedule from the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Friday.  The two sports were added to the Summer Games line-up after a vote of members at the IOC session in Copenhagen. "Time will show that your decision was very wise," said Jacques Rogge.