France's Jean-Christophe Rolland was today elected as the next president of FISA, rowing's governing body, although he will have to wait 10 months to take office.
Denis Oswald, Switzerland's long-serving incumbent, announced earlier this year that he would seek re-election but only for a transitional period, and he will officially stand down as president in July 2014.
Rolland, a three-time Olympian in rowing, who was said to have been long groomed as Oswald's heir apparent, received 117 of the 179 ballots cast at the FISA Congress in Chungju, South Korea, where the 2013 World Rowing Championships finished yesterday.
Australia's John Boultbee and Tricia Smith of Canada received 50 and 12 votes, respectively.
Rolland was appointed to the FISA athletes' commission in 1994 and chaired the commission from 2002 to 2011. He works for EDF, the French energy group, in London, where he was in charge of its sponsorship of the 2012 Olympic Games.
Smith's disappointment at missing out on the FISA presidency was tempered after she was today elected vice-president of the federation, picking up 98 of the possible 178 votes to defeat incumbent Anita DeFrantz of USA.
FISA's treasurer, Mike Williams of the UK, was re-elected unopposed.
Oswald, aged 66, has been president of FISA since 1989. He is also standing for the presidency of the International Olympic Committee on September 10, and will head straight from Chungju to Buenos Aires, Argentina for the IOC executive board meeting and session, beginning Wednesday.
Oswald was today named 'FISA Honorary President for Life.'
Also at the congress, FISA members backed their ruling council's proposal to stage the 2017 World Rowing Championships in Sarasota and Manatee, neighbouring counties in Florida, USA, with the 2018 edition, as well as the 2015 Under-23 Championships, awarded to Plovdiv in Bulgaria.
The FISA Council also awarded the second World Rowing Cup of 2015 to Varese, Italy and the third World Rowing Cup to Lucerne, Switzerland. Lucerne will host the second World Rowing Cup of 2016 along with the final Olympic qualification regatta, while the third and final World Rowing Cup of 2016 will be held in Poznan, Poland.
FISA said that bids for the first World Rowing Cup of 2015 and 2016 had been requested from outside Europe, but following a review of the World Rowing Cup in Sydney in 2013 and 2014, it was decided that bids from within Europe should be considered. Bidding has therefore been reopened and both events will be awarded in December.
Three additional events were attributed by the FISA Council: the 2016 World Rowing Masters Regatta to Copenhagen, Denmark; the 2017 World Rowing Masters Regatta to Bled, Slovenia; and the 2015 World Rowing Coastal Championships for Clubs to Lima, Peru.
Five new national federations were admitted as members of FISA: Benin, Botswana, Mali, Saudi Arabia and St. Vincent & Grenadines. This brings to 142 the total number of FISA member federations.