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Chesterman elected president of Australian Olympic Committee

SYDNEY (AP) – Ian Chesterman (AP; pic below) has moved up from vice president to president after voting yesterday to replace departing Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) chief John Coates.

Chesterman defeated former Olympic swimmer Mark Stockwell 67-26 in the vote held during the AOC’s annual general meeting.

Coates was the official responsible for delivering two Olympic Games to Australia – the 2000 Sydney Games and the 2032 version set to be held in Brisbane. But he has relinquished his role following 32 years as president.

The 71-year-old Coates will remain as vice-president of the International Olympic Committee until 2024. IOC president Thomas Bach travelled to Sydney to attend the annual general meeting and speak at Coates’ celebration dinner.

Bach, who said no other Olympic official had delivered two Games to their home nation, said he had good and bad news in congratulating Chesterman. “The shoes he has to fill in are huge,” Bach said. “This is also good news, because it also means he can build on a very solid base. John is leaving the AOC in a great state.”

Chesterman was chef de mission of the Australian team at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and six Winter Olympic teams. Stockwell was a member of Australia’s famed ‘Mean Machine’ relay swim team from the 1984 Games in Los Angeles.

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