Jan Dijkema is elected as the new president for the ISU

Jan Dijkema of the Netherlands is the new president of the International Skating Union.

The 71-year-old Dijkema succeeds Italy’s Ottavio Cinquanta, who held the job since 1994. Dijkema won on the second ballot Friday, defeating Hungary’s Gyorgy Sallak. Two other candidates, France’s Didier Gailhaguet and Britain’s Chris Buchanan, withdrew after the first round.

Dijkema, who plans to serve only a two-year team, was an ISU vice president for speedskating. Cinquanta also came from speedskating.

“You can’t make many changes in two years, but you can make it possible for the long term if you work hard,” Dijkema said. “Indeed, there will be maybe some changes compared with my predecessor, but two years is very short. I will do my utmost to make it possible.”

The new president promises to concentrate on marketing, digitalisation and promotion. He also wants current skaters to have more input in decision making.

Elected as vice presidents were Norway’s Tron Espelli for speed skating, and Russia’s Alexander Lakernik for figure skating.

(The Japan Times)

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