- 03 Aug 2006
- IOC News
New President for the EOC
Patrick Hickey, of Ireland, has been elected as the new President of the European Olympic Committees (EOC) following Mario Pescante’s decision to resign from the leadership of the association. The election took place in Rome on 29 July at the EOC Extraordinary General Assembly.
A judo black belt, Hickey represented Ireland in international competition and is Honorary Life President of the Irish Judo Association as well as President of the NOC of Ireland. Hickey has also past EOC experience, having been its Vice-President from 1997 to 2001 and then its Secretary General since 2001. A Dublin native, Hickey has also been an IOC member since 1995 and served as Irish Chef de Mission for the Games in 1988 in Seoul and at the Games in 1992 in Barcelona.
Former EOC President
IOC President Jacques Rogge, who was President of the EOC from 1989 to 2001, was present at the meeting, which was attended by 48 European NOCs.
Mario Pescante was named EOC Honorary President for Life and Raffaele Pagnozzi was elected as the new Secretary General.