At the IOC, Nenad Lalovic climbs a new step

Paris, Jan 26, 2018: A Serbian succeeds a Taiwanese Nenad Lalovic climbs. A wrestler replaces a boxer. Nenad Lalovic, 59, president of the International Wrestling Federation, will drop his imposing figure into the holy of holies of the Olympic Movement at the beginning of next month in PyeongChang: the IOC Executive Board.

The Serbian leader was elected by his peers, the 28 members of the Association of International Summer Olympic Sports Federations (ASOIF), to settle on the seat left vacant by CK Wu, the former boss of the AIBA, forced to resign last November after being outvoted in its own organization.

ASOIF announced Thursday, January 25 via a statement, which states that two rounds of voting were necessary to give birth to a winner.

The process was launched at the beginning of the month. ASOIF asked the members of the IOC sitting in the college of international federations.

Three of them responded to the call for nominations: Spain’s Marisol Casado, President of the International Triathlon Federation (ITU), joined the IOC in 2010; Frenchman Jean-Christophe Rolland, World Rowing Officer (FISA), member of the Olympic Organization since the Lima session last September; Serbian Nenad Lalovic, inducted at the Kuala Lumpur session in August 2015.

After two rounds of voting, the President of the International Wrestling Federation (UWW) won the bet. He will be proposed as a new member of the IOC Executive Board at the next session, scheduled for early February, before the opening of the 2018 PyeongChang Games.

At almost 60 years old, Nenad Lalovic knows a trajectory meteorite since a few years. In 2013, he was called to the rescue to chair the global fight, after the IOC’s decision to push the discipline out of the Olympic perimeter.

In a few months, he has spread the danger and assured his sport of keeping his place in the program of the Summer Games.

In August 2015, the IOC members accepted him from among them at the IOC session. Less than three years later, he is admitted to the decision-making body, the Executive Board, where he will represent ASOIF.

Former mechanical engineer, graduated from the University of Novi Sad, the Serb presents a very atypical profile.

The official website of the IOC says in its biography that Nenad Lalovic founded his own tennis club in Serbia, then became a producer of natural shampoo, before becoming a partner of a construction company, and finally an exclusive importer of cars and motorcycles. of the Suzuki brand in Serbia. —- francsjeux

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