SYDNEY ( Associated Press) – Ian Chesterman has moved from vice president to presidency after voting on Saturday to replace Australian Olympic Committee chief John Coates.
In a vote during the AOC’s annual general meeting, Chesterman defeated former Olympic swimmer Mark Stockwell 67–26.
Coates was the official responsible for Australia hosting two Olympic Games – the 2000 Sydney Games and the 2032 edition in Brisbane. But after 32 years as President, he has relinquished his role.
Coates, 71, will remain as vice president of the International Olympic Committee until 2024. IOC President Thomas Bach traveled to Sydney to attend the annual general meeting and spoke at Coates’ celebratory dinner on Saturday.
Bach, who said no other Olympic official had given the two games in his home nation, said he had good and bad news in congratulating Chesterman.
“The shoes they have to fill are too big,” said Bach. “It’s also good news, because it also means he can build on a very solid foundation. John is leaving the AOC in good shape.”
Chesterman was the Australian team’s chef de mission at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and six Winter Olympic teams. Stockwell was a member of Australia’s famous ‘Mean Machine’ relay swim team from the 1984 Games. in Los Angeles.
Chesterman has been a member of the AOC Executive Committee since 2001, while Stockwell, despite his three medals from the 1984 Games and long association with sports administration, was regarded as an outsider for the top job.
The schedule for the next Summer and Winter Olympics had a total of 93 votes from eligible representatives made up largely of nominated members of sports federations.
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