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    FISU Elects New President

    Claude-Louis Gallien will lead the International University Sports Federation (FISU) for the next four years after defeating incumbent George Killian.
    Claude-Louis Gallien. (AIPS)

    According to the International Sports Press Association, FISU’s first vice-president won the election with 76 votes to Killian's 67.

    Killian served as FISU president since 1999. 

    Risto Nieminen of Finland and Stefan Bergh of Sweden withdrew minutes before the vote.

    "Election is a competition and in university sport you never compete against – you compete first with yourself and also together with others for a common goal, which is excellence,” said Gallien at FISU’s 32nd General Assembly in Shenzhen, China.

    “We are university sport and we are excellent in mind and body,” he added.

    Gallien is the former vice-president of CNOSF, the French National Olympic Committee, and a member of the IOC’s Medical Commission.

    Oleg Matytsin of Russia was elected first vice-president over Sinisa Jasnic of Serbia.

    Innsbruck Issues Unique Video Challenge

    Organizers of the inaugural Winter Youth Olympic Games beckon budding movie stars to think outside the box with their newly launched video challenge.
    Innsbruck 2012 mascot Yoggl and Olympic champion skier Benjamin Raich show off their take on the slalom event. (Planet Tirol)

    “The contest is about imitating the winter disciplines of the Olympic Games in 45 seconds without using any of the usual equipment,” Innsbruck 2012 CEO Peter Bayer said in a statement.

    “For those taking part it’s all about getting creative.”

    Filmmaking enthusiasts have until Sept. 11 to submit their entries to action sports hub Planet Tirol.

    A public vote between Sept. 12 and 25 will then choose the winner of a savings account loaded with a balance of roughly $1,400.

    Four months later, more than 1,000 athletes aged 14 to 18 will hit the slopes of Seefeld and Innsbruck to compete in 63 medal events during the first-ever Winter YOG.

    Alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, curling, figure skating, freestyle skiing, ice hockey, luge, short track, ski jumping, snowboard and speed skating are the disciplines in which Youth Olympians will compete come January as well as the disciplines from which contest entrants can take their inspiration.

    Kalmadi Cleanup Sparks “He Said, She Said”

    Suresh Kalmadi headed the Indian Olympic Association for 15 years. (ATR)
    A parliamentary inquiry into Delhi 2010 has India’s ruling and opposition parties battling over who’s to blame for the 2004 appointment of ex-Commonwealth Games chief Suresh Kalmadi.

    According to The Hindu’s archives, the ruling party at the time voted to install its own sports minister atop the organizing committee. Opposition leader Vijay Kumar Malhotra, however, immediately insisted such meddling in what he claimed were NOC affairs was in violation of the Olympic Charter.

    “It is the prerogative of the Indian Olympic Association to put in place the committee to organize the Games it had successfully bid for,” Malhotra was quoted in the newspaper’s Oct. 24, 2004 edition.

    “Nowhere in the world, be it Olympic Games or the respective continental games, should the government take over the organization from the National Olympic Committee.”

    With the backing of his party, Malhotra then put forth longtime IOA president Suresh Kalmadi, who went on to organize in October a Games dogged by allegations of shoddy construction, graft and financial mismanagement.

    Kalmadi was ousted from the organizing committee in January, then arrested over a suspiciously awarded timekeeping contract in late April, then sacked from the IOA the following day.

    He remains in a New Delhi jail awaiting trial on several counts of corruption. Malhotra, meanwhile, is now acting IOA president.

    Written by Ed Hula III and Matthew Grayson.

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