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Russia Names New Olympic Chief

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7Dnews London

Wed, 30 May 2018 10:01 GMT

Fencing champion Stanislav Pozdnyakov was elected president of the Russian Olympic Committee on Tuesday after its previous leader stepped down following years of doping scandals.

Pozdnyakov beat the only other candidate, former swimmer and International Olympic Committee member Alexander Popov, by 214 votes to 56.

Known for three Olympic gold medals in 1996 and 2000, Pozdnyakov previously managed the "Olympic Athletes from Russia" delegation at February's Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang after Russia's team was formally banned for doping.

As reported by AP, Pozdnyakov has said he wants to make Russia more influential in the world of sporting politics and leave the era of doping sanctions behind.

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