Olympic Council of Ireland President, 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. Another four-year term means that the Dubliner will be in charge to oversee the staging of the inaugural European Games in Baku in 2015, an event that has been very much Hickey’s baby.
“I am delighted to be the single candidate, I hope it shows that my colleagues are happy with my work at the EOC” said Hickey.
“I have worked hard to make the European Games become a reality,”
Hickey, who is also vice-president of the Association of National Olympic Committees added : “I hope my efforts will be appreciated and I get the backing of the Assembly for another term. That would give me a privilege to experience the first European Games as head of the organisation. My enthusiasm is still there and the dedication never wavered. I know I can give more so I will be seeking the support of member delegates in the EOC vote.”
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 who has made a late decision to stand for the Executive Board at the election during the EOC General Assembly in Rome on November 22/23 weekend .
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. 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 also expects ex-IOC president Jacques Rogge 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. It is also anticipated that the EOC has an audience with sports-loving Pope Francis.
Here Pat Hickey introduces the Baku 2015 European Games http://www.youtube.com/watch?