MELBOURNE: Ian Chesterman was elected president of the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) at the governing body’s annual general meeting on Saturday, replacing longtime boss John Coates.

Chesterman, the current vice president of AOC who has served as chef de mission for the Australian team at several Olympics, will lead AOC into a new era as Coates retires after 32 years in the role.

Chesterman defeated rival Mark Stockwell by winning 67 votes out of 93 delegates voted at the annual meeting in Sydney on Saturday.

“It is truly my great honor to continue to serve the Olympic movement… and our athletes,” said Chesterman. “We have such a bright future in the Olympic sport, we have to make sure we get out of there every day to make a difference for our athletes.”

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