• Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Taiwan's Wu gets boost in bid for IOC presidency

CNA 2013-05-31 12:48 (GMT+8)
Wu Ching-kuo. (Photo/Cheng Jen-nan)

Wu Ching-kuo. (Photo/Cheng Jen-nan)

Wu Ching-kuo from Taiwan was elected to the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) Council at the organization's 2013 congress held in St Petersburg Thursday, Wu's office said in a press release.

Wu's election to the ruling body can be seen as a boost in his running for the International Olympic Committee presidency, pundits said.

"This is another recognition for Wu, indicating that most members at the ASOIF have trust and confidence in Wu and that Wu has become a powerful and influential figure in world sports," said the statement from Wu's office.

Wu, president of the International Boxing Association, was nominated for the IOC Executive Board during an election at a general assembly of the ASOIF last May. In the election, Wu beat Ireland's International Cycling Union president Pat McQuaid by 20 votes to eight.

This year, in a four-grabbing-three-spot election, Wu received 26 votes to be elected to the seven-member ASOIF's ruling body. Voting by secret ballot, all 28 International Sport Federations were asked to select three of the seven members.

McQuaid and Ukraine's Sergey Bubka were re-elected for a second four-year term, while Germany's Klaus Schormann missed out.

The six-man race for the IOC presidency includes IOC vice presidents Thomas Bach of Germany and Ng Ser Miang of Singapore, Bubka, Switzerland's Denis Oswald and Richard Carrion from Puerto Rico.

An election will be held during an IOC session in September in Buenos Aires to replace the incumbent Jacques Rogge of Belgium, who finishes his 12 years of service this year.

Established in 1983, the ASOIF unites, promotes and supports the International Summer Olympic Federations.

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