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He succeeds Korea’s Kim Digkima as president of the ISU Ski Association
8.36 am: Korea’s Jae Yeol succeeds Kim Yan Digkima as President of the International Skating Union (ISU). Kim won the presidential election at the ISU conference in Phuket, Thailand. Dijkima (77) was President of the World Assembly for six years. Drent succeeded Italian national Ottavio Cinquinta in 2016, who had been president for 22 years.
There were four candidates to succeed Dijkima in the elections. Kim has already won in the first round with 77 votes out of 119, beating candidates from the United States, Finland and Serbia. “I am very amazed at your tremendous support,” the first Asian chief of ISU said in his speech. “I want to be the president of all countries, regardless of their size and the region they are from. We are a family, together we can grow our sport.”
The 53-year-old was a former president of the Korea Ski Association and was a member of the organizing committee for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. He has been a member of the ISU Board of Directors since 2016. Kim is the twelfth president of the International Federation.
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