Robin Mitchell was confirmed as ONOC President for a third term during the ONOC General Assembly on Saturday while the organisation voted Palau’s Baklai Temengil as ONOC’s first ever female vice-president.
Mitchell was the only candidate running for the presidency and his election was confirmed by acclamation. He has served as ONOC President since 2009 and will now serve his third four year term.
There were three candidates running for the vice-presidency: Palau National Olympic Committee secretary general Baklai Temengil, New Zealand Olympic Committee President Mike Stanley and Vanuatu Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (VASANOC) President Antoine Boudier. Temengil overcame Stanley in the second round of voting after Boudier was eliminated in the first round. She will replace Barry Maister who will remain on the ONOC Board.
Ricardo Blas of Guam became the ONOG Secretary General as he overcame Cook Islands Sports and National Olympic Committee President Hugh Graham, meanwhile Boudier, Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) vice-president Helen Brownlee, the Federated States of Micronesia's James Tobin and Papua New Guinea's Mel Donald were confirmed as the new members of the Board. They join Papua New Guinea's Auvita Rapilla and Australia's John Coates and James Tomkins.
Tributes were paid to Craig Phillips and Barbara Kendall whose terms on the ONOC Board have come to an end.
It was also announced by Coates, that Mitchell would be granted the AOC Olympic Order of Merit in recognition of his service to ONOC. Later in the Assembly a motion was passed for ONOC to recognise the contribution made by Coates to the region.
The Assembly heard reports from each of ONOC’s Commissions as well as from the IOC’s Pere Miro. The Oceania Australia Foundation and Oceania Sport Education Programme also provided updates, while preparations for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo and the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Ashgabat in September were discussed
Tonga was selected to stage the next ONOC General Assembly in Nuku’alofa next year.