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  • Golden 25 -- Australian Olympics President for #12


    John Coates (ATR)
    John Coates has built a base of influence from Australia from his involvement in the staging of the successful 2000 Olympics in Sydney. He was first elected Australian Olympic Committee President in 1990.

    He was named to the IOC in 2001 and in 2009 was elected to the Executive Board.

    In November he was elected to the presidency of the Court of Arbitration for Sport, defeating fellow IOC member Richard Pound for the post.

    While Coates has been pushing the idea of a future Olympic bid from Australia, the election for a new IOC President in 2013 may be a more immediate interest.

    Coates will be 63 in 2013, still young enough to serve a term as IOC leader, should he choose to run.

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    Written by Ed Hula.

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