Jose Perurena Lopez Re-Elected ICF President

By Community | November 19, 2012

International Canoe Federation (ICF) President Jose Perurena Lopez has been re-elected after he was the sole candidate for the position. 

“Thank you for your support, therapy ” said Perurena Lopez. “It’s an honour that you have entrusted me to continue to develop the sport for the next 4 years.

“We now need to focus and develop the sport further because we are now in competition with other sports. After the Rio 2016 Olympic Games the Sport Programme will change and we need to be ready.”

While the Treasurer Luciano Buonfiglio (ITA), shop Chairs, viagra order Frank Garner (Canoe Sprint), Jean-Michel Prono (Canoe Slalom), Jorn Cronberg (Canoe Marathon) and John Edwards (Sport for All) all went unchallenged and retained their positions.

Joao da Costa Alegre of Sao Tome Principe has also been elected 2nd vice-president of ICF after defeating Australian Richard Fox, by 52 votes to 40.

The election which was carried out during the 34th International Canoe Federation (ICF) Ordinary Congress was the most decisive of the positions up for election.

Elected to the position 4 years previously, Fox was seen by many as progressive on the evolution of the Olympic program and on improving the ICF’s position on gender equity. 

Da Costa Alegre may have benefitted from votes from the African, Asian and American continents, who are eager to have stronger continental representation on the ICF Executive Committee.

As soon as the results were announced Fox congratulated his opponent saying, “The ICF has significant challenges ahead, including improving opportunities for developing nations, and I wish Joao well in his new role on the Executive Committee.

“I would like to thank the President and my ICF colleagues for the opportunity of serving the ICF and I now look forward to supporting the development of canoeing in other ways and to promoting our sport”. 

One area Fox will be watching closely will be how the ICF develops a strategic approach to the future shape of canoeing in the Olympic program.

“Canoeing did exceptionally well at the London Olympics thanks to LOCOG’s organization and presentation, the sport now has a chance to modernize its approach to become even more attractive building on its successes by diversifying the events and opportunities”.

On his part da Costa Allegre said that he hoped to build on the good working relationship he has already with the Board saying, “I believe the ICF is changing and I hope that I can count on all of your support to bring about the developments necessary to transform the sport.

“The only thing I can promise is that I will keep working hard and after 4 years you can judge for yourselves the efforts that I have made,” concluded da Costa Alegre who is also the Vice President of the Association of African National Olympic Committees (ANOCA).