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  • Hickey Re-election; New Faces for European Olympics


    EOC President Patrick Hickey and Secretary General Raffaele Pagnozzi (ATR)
    (ATR) Patrick Hickey is assured a new term as president of the European Olympic Committees. Hickey is the only candidate nominated by the September 22 deadline to file for the election in November.

    “I am delighted to be the single candidate,” Hickey tells Around the Rings.

    “I hope it shows that my colleagues are happy with my work at the EOC,” he said.

    There will be a new vice president. Slovenia’s Janez Kocijancic is the only candidate to file for the post previously held by Russia’s Alexander Kozlovsky, now one of 20 candidates for 12 seats on the executive committee.

    Among the other 20 candidates is Sebastian Coe, chairman of the British Olympic Association and ex-chair of London 2012.

    Ex-French NOC chief Denis Masseglia is on the ballot, as is Germany’s Michael Vesper. The candidate from Turkey in this election is Hasan Arat, a vice president with the NOC but recently more famous as the voluble leader of the Istanbul bid for the 2020 Olympics.
    Sebastian Coe at the EOC assembly (ATR)

    There is but one woman among the field of two dozen candidates, Daina Gudzineviciute of Lithuania.

    The EOC election will take place during the general assembly in Rome November 22 and 23.

    Hickey tells ATR that ex-IOC president Jacques Rogge is expected to attend; Rogge was EOC president for 10 years prior to heading the IOC. New IOC president Thomas Bach is expected as well as is Association of National Olympic Committees president Sheikh Ahmad Al Sabah.

    Also in the works for the EOC is an audience with sports-loving Pope Francis.

    The full list of EOC candidate follows:


    Mr. Patrick Hickey - Ireland

    Vice President

    Mr. Janez Kocijancic – Slovenia


    Mr. Raffaele Pagnozzi - Italy


    Mr. Kikis Lazarides – Cyprus

    EOC Members

    Mr. Peter Mennel – Austria
    Mr. Chingiz Huseynzada - Azerbaijan
    Mr. George Kautulin – Belarus
    Mr. Zlatko Matesa - Croatia
    Mr. Roman Kumpost – Czech Republic
    Mr. Niels Nygaard – Denmark
    Mr. Denis Masseglia – France
    Mr. Michael Vesper – Germany
    Lord Sebastian Coe – Great Britain
    Mr. Spyros Capralos – Greece
    Mr. Zsigmond Nagy – Hungary
    Mr. Efraim (ZIGGY) Zinger – Israel
    Mr. Aldons Vrublevskis – Latvia
    Ms. Daina Gudzineviciute – Lithuania
    15. Mr. Marc Theisen – Luxembourg
    16. Mr. Andrzej Krasiniki – Poland
    17. Mr. Alexander Kozlovsky – Russian Federation
    18. Mr. Frantisek Chmelar – Slovakia
    19. Mr. Alejandro Blanco – Spain
    20. Mr. Hasan Arat – Turkey

    Written and reported by Ed Hula

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