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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Olympic Chief Re-Elected Easily

The Russian Olympic Committee easily re-elected Leonid Tyagachyov for a third term Thursday after no rivals ran against him.

Tyagachyov, 63, was re-elected in a 201-15 vote, RIA-Novosti reported. He had to collect at least 50 percent of the vote to be elected.

The Olympic chief was elected for his first and second terms in 2001 and 2005, respectively, after defeating several rivals.

When asked by a Kommersant reporter in an interview published Dec. 4 why he was the sole candidate for the post, Tyagachyov said the Olympic chief “must have support of the country’s leadership.”

“The vertical of power that is in force in our country applies to the Olympic movement as well,” Tyagachyov said.

Tyagachyov served as sports and tourism minister from 1995 to 1999 and as the committee’s first vice president from 1999 to 2001.

He is a member of the Federation Council’s Commission on Physical Culture, Sports and the Advancement of the Olympic Movement.