Taipei, May 23 (CNA) Wu Ching-kuo, who represents Taiwan on the International Olympic Committee (IOC), is set to become a member of the IOC Executive Board, marking the first time a Taiwanese has attained such a position, Wu's Taipei office said Wednesday.
Wu, who is also president of the International Amateur Boxing Association, defeated Ireland's Pat McQuaid, 20-8 at the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) General Assembly held in Canada's Quebec City a day earlier to win nomination for a spot on the IOC's decision-making body, according to Wu's office.
The veteran IOC member, 66, will assume his position on the 15-member IOC board Jan. 1, 2013 to replace incumbent ASOIF head Denis Oswald, after Wu's nomination by the ASOIF is ratified at the IOC session in London in July, the office said.
"The number of votes shows confidence from my colleagues," Wu was quoted as saying. The victory reflects many years of dedicated service in the IOC, added Wu, who is the 14th longest-serving among all the 106 IOC members, having served since 1988.
Wu was also quoted as saying he will continue to work for Taiwan's rights at international sports events and help to promote the Olympics.
Oswald, whose eight-year term on the IOC board was to end this summer, said in February he would resign as ASOIF president since the IOC will not allow him to retain the board post until 2013, when his presidency will expire.
However, now that Oswald is expected to step down soon, the IOC has decided to let him stay on the board until the end of the year, after which Wu will take over.
While Ricci Bitti of Italy won unanimous support in a vote to be the new ASOIF president effective from January 2013, the 70-year-old cannot be promoted to the IOC executive board according to custom due to his age, hence the ASOIF voted for a new nomination at the association's Quebec assembly.
A position on the board requires full IOC membership status, which Bitti will lose when he surpasses the committee's age limit later this year.
(By Lee Yu-cheng and Kendra Lin)