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Dijkema set to secure new ISU presidential term

Jan Dijkema is set to stand unopposed for re-election as the president of the International Skating Union (ISU).

The ISU said that the Dutchman, who was elected in 2016, has presented an updated manifesto for the next four years, covering areas such as good governance, marketing and business development.

Candidates had until April 23 to express an interest in succeeding Dijkema, who replaced Ottavio Cinquanta two years ago.

Dijkema’s new four-year term is set to be confirmed at the ISU Congress in Seville from June 4-8.

He overcame Hungary’s György Sallak in the second round of voting two years ago to become the third Dutch president of the ISU, following founding president Pim Mulier, who led the governing body from 1892 to 1895, and Gerrit van Laer, who spearheaded the organisation from 1937 to 1945.

Alexander Lakernik from Russia and Norway's Tron Espeli will also stand unopposed for the vice-presidential positions with responsibility for figure and speed skating, respectively.