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Ex-fencer Pozdnyakov elected Russian Olympic chief

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MOSCOW (Reuters) – Former fencer Stanislav Pozdnyakov was elected president of the Russian Olympic Committee, the committee said on Tuesday, as the country works to regain the trust of international sports bodies after a string of doping scandals.

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Russian Olympic Committee vice president and candidate for the committee presidency, Stanislav Pozdnyakov attends a meeting to vote for a new head of the committee at its headquarters in Moscow, Russia May 29, 2018. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Pozdnyakov, who had served as the committee’s first vice-president since 2016, led the Russian delegation at this year’s Pyeongchang Games while the country was banned by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as punishment for alleged state-sponsored doping at the 2014 Sochi Games.

Reporting by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; editing by Larry King

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