Julio Cesar Maglione has been elected as the interim president of the Pan American Sports Organisation (Paso).
Maglione, the president of Fina, the global governing body of aquatics, will serve at the helm of Paso until 2016.
His spell as Paso president will complete the term of the late Mario Vazquez Rana, who died on February 8 at the age of 82.
Maglione, 79, was elected by acclamation following a recommendation by Paso’s executive committee at the organisation’s extraordinary general assembly in Miami, Florida.
“Fina will continue to collaborate with Paso in preparation of the Pan-American Games, the greatest event in the American continent,” Fina said in a statement.
The 2015 edition of the Pan American Games will take place in Toronto, Canada, from July 10-26.