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Kocijancic elected as permanent EOC president

Janez Kocijancic has today (Friday) been appointed president of the European Olympic Committees (EOC) on a permanent basis.

The Slovenian had been serving as acting president of the organisation since August 2016 after Patrick Hickey stepped down from the role following his arrest in Rio de Janeiro in connection with an investigation into ticket scalping at last year’s summer Olympic Games in the Brazilian city.

Kocijancic (pictured) was elected unopposed during the EOC’s General Assembly in the Croatian capital of Zagreb.

Denmark’s Niels Nygaard has also been elected as vice-president of the EOC, defeating André Bolhuis of the Netherlands by 27 votes to 21.

Rafaelle Pagnozzi of Italy was elected as secretary general of the EOC, while Kikis Lazarides of Cyprus was appointed treasurer of the organisation.

Hickey is due to stand trial from November 29 alongside nine other executives after a Rio court in September 2016 accepted prosecutors’ charges in the case surrounding an alleged illegal ticket ring run during last year’s Olympics.

Kevin Mallon, a director of international sports hospitality company THG Sports, is also among the defendants, along with Martin Burke, the Olympic Council of Ireland’s (OCI) former sports director, four other THG officials and three from Dublin-based Pro10 Sports Management, Ireland’s official Olympic Games ticket reseller.

Police have claimed Hickey conspired with businessmen to transfer Olympic Games tickets illegally from Pro10 to THG Sports, which was a non-authorised vendor and allegedly sold them for very high fees. Police investigators said the scheme was planned to produce $3m (€2.5m).

Hickey, who in September stepped down from his position on the executive board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), has denied all wrongdoing.