Neven Ilic elected as new PASO President

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Chili’s Neven Ilic was today elected as the new PASO President as he overcame José Joaquín Puello of Dominican Republic in the final round of voting by a single vote.

Ilic received 26 votes to Puello’s 25 in the final round to become President. Puello had gone through the first round with 23 votes while Ilic and Brazil’s Carlos Nuzman had tied with 14 votes each. A second round of votes saw Ilic go through to the final round as he received 27 to Nuzman’s 23, before he overcame Puello in the final round.

Each of the three candidates had had ten minutes to showcase themselves in front of the 41 PASO members at the PASO General Assembly. New President Ilic had focused on professionalising PASO and generating more interest and revenue from youth-based events.

Ilic will replace Uruguay’s  Julio Maglione who had served as interim President for two years following the death of long time PASO President and former ANOC President Mario Vazques Rana. During the General Assembly the members approved a change to the constitution to appoint Maglione as Honorary President of PASO.

IOC President Bach had opened the General Assembly. In his speech he addressed the fact that the candidature process for the Olympic Games needs to be reviewed and made less expensive and more efficient in light of today’s political and economic climate. He welcomed suggestions from the PASO members on how best to reform.

Away from the Presidential election, PASO’s flagship event – the Pan American Games – had been a major topic of discussion. Concerns were raised over late preparations for the Lima 2019 edition but the General Assembly expressed their confidence in the Organizers.

Posted by: ANOC
Source: ANOC