April 27, 2016

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) A French official who was suspended in the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic figure skating judging scandal is running in the International Skating Union's presidential election.

The ISU has confirmed Didier Gailhaguet among four candidates at the election congress from June 6-10 in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

The French skating federation president will face Christopher Buchanan of Britain, Jan Dijkema of the Netherlands and Gyorgy Sallak of Hungary. The winner will replace Ottavio Cinquanta, a 77-year-old Italian who has been president for 22 years.

After the 2002 Games, the ISU banned Gailhaguet from duty for three years. He was implicated in pressuring a French judge to favor a Russian pair who won the gold medal.

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