Havana, Oct 2. -Roberto León Richards was elected president of the Cuban Olympic (COC) in an ordinary assembly that applauded the proposal to grant José Ramón Fernández Álvarez the status of Honorary Life President, according to the newspaper Granma.
The source states that Richards, who served as deputy president of the entity, was elected on Monday by direct and secret ballot for the position held since 1997 by Fernández, protagonist of a trajectory unanimously pondered by the attendees.
"His devotion, dedication, honesty and will are erected as a legacy of an exemplary continuation of the thought of our Commander in Chief Fidel Castro," said Richards, president of the Cuban Federation of Gymnastics, a sport in which he won Pan American and Central American titles and was awarded the Order of Olympic Merit.
The Assembly, which was attended by the Commander of the Revolution Guillermo García Frías, head of the Cuban Riding Federation, and the president of the INDER, Antonio Becali, ratified Alberto Juantorena as deputy president of the COC and elected José Manuel Peláez Rodríguez for the other position of that rank.
Ruperto Herrera Tabío and Rafael Guerra Mollinedo were reelected Secretary General and Secretary of Acts, in that order, while active athletes such as Mijaín López Núñez, and Leuris Pupo Requejo, together with retired glories such as Yipsy Moreno González became part of the Executive of 13 members, where María Caridad Colón was confirmed. (Taken from ACN)