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Chinese member elected as an IOC vice president

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 7, 2014 at 2:26 am •  Published: February 7, 2014

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — China's senior Olympic official was elected Friday as a vice president of the IOC, returning to the top ranks of the policy-making body.

Yu Zaiqing ran unopposed for the vacant VP post on the International Olympic Committee, reclaiming a position he held previously for four years.

The 62-year-old Yu has been an IOC member since 2000. He already served on the executive board from 2004-12 and as a vice president from 2008-12.

Yu received 80 votes in favor and nine against in the secret voting by IOC members.

Yu fills one of the IOC's four VP posts. He takes the spot vacated by Thomas Bach after his election as IOC president in September.

The other vice presidents are Nawal El Moutawakel of Morocco, Craig Reedie of Britain and John Coates of Australia.

In another vote, Ugur Erdener of Turkey defeated Dick Pound of Canada for a spot on the executive board. Erdener, head of the international archery federation and Turkey's national Olympic committee, won 51-42.

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