(ATR) International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach says he is confident that cooperation with the Pan American Sports Organization will be strengthened under new leadership.
Newly elected PASO president Neven Ilic with his predecessor Julio Maglione (ATR)
The IOC chief is attending the PASO General Assembly in Uruguay where Neven Ilic was elected to lead the organization for the next four years. Ilic beat honorary life president of the Dominican Republic Olympic Committee Jose Puello in the final round of voting of a three-man race that also included Rio 2016 chief Carlos Nuzman.
Bach spoke with Around the Rings
Editor Ed Hula during the first round of the election and said the IOC would be happy to collaborate with either of the candidates.
“I know them all and the IOC would be able to work with all of them and they all are interested to work closely with the IOC so that whoever will be elected we will have great cooperation,” Bach tells ATR
on the latest edition of ATRadio.
Bach adds that he has been impressed with the work done by PASO to reach this moment and elect Ilic to replace Julio Maglione who has run the organization since former president Mario Vazquez Rana’s death in February 2015.
“I can only congratulate Julio Maglione and PASO for having managed this change and I think in an impressive way,” the IOC president says. “Within two years they have changed their constitution, introduced a code of ethics and improved governance.
“If you see PASO now and the way it acts and takes decisions, it’s completely different than before. You have a very active executive committee and active members and a very close race for presidency among three strong candidates – this is quite the change.”
Bach also details progress that organizers of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics are making, provides an update on the Russian participation in the Games and talks about possible changes on the way for the Olympic bidding procedure.
Listen below for the full interview with Bach and Hula:
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