TOKYO, Oct. 19, Kyodo
Japan’s Morinari Watanabe was elected as the president of the International Gymnastics Federation at the world governing body’s congress in Tokyo on Wednesday.
The 57-year-old Watanabe, the secretary general of the Japan Gymnastics Association, defeated French rival Georges Guelzec, head of the European Union of Gymnastics, by a huge margin, claiming 100 of the 119 votes.
He will replace 82-year-old Italian Bruno Grandi, who is stepping down as president in December after 20 years in charge.
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