Andersen elected president of World Sailing, beating Croce

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Kim Andersen of Denmark has been elected president of World Sailing, beating incumbent Carlo Croce of Italy and Paul Henderson of Canada.

The 59-year-old Andersen is a longtime sailor who has represented the sport as an athlete and senior administrator. He was elected Sunday at World Sailing's General Assembly in Barcelona, Spain.

With international business experience as a CEO, vice president and managing director of a number of international companies, Andersen has pledged to make the governance of World Sailing more transparent.

He says: ''This is an exciting day for World Sailing. Today marks a turning point in the history of our sport. We have a lot of work to do and I am focused on uniting our sport so that each and every country continues gets the right tools and knowledge they need to develop our sport worldwide.''

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