Jan Dijkema elected president of International Skating Union

BY foxsports • June 10, 2016

DUBROVNIK, Croatia (AP) Jan Dijkema of the Netherlands has been elected president of the International Skating Union.

The 71-year-old Dijkema succeeds Italy's Ottavio Cinquanta, who held the job since 1994. Dijkema won on the second ballot, defeating Hungary's Gyorgy Sallak. Two other candidates, France's Didier Gailhaguet and Britain's Chris Buchanan, withdrew after the first round.

Dijkema, who plans to serve only a two-year team, was an ISU vice president for speedskating. Cinquanta also came from speedskating.

The new president promises to concentrate on marketing, digitalization and promotion. He also wants current skaters to have more input in decision making.

Earlier this week, the ISU voted to drop anonymity of judges for figure skating panels.

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