Sheik Amad fills in as ANOC head after Vazques Rana resigns

LONDON (AP) -- Asia's top Olympic official will head the global body of national Olympic committees following the resignation of longtime chief Mario Vazquez Rana.

Sheik Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah of Kuwait, head of the Olympic Council of Asia, has been selected interim president of the Association of National Olympic Committees.

The decision, taken at a meeting of ANOC officials in Bangkok, will come up for formal ratification at the association's assembly in Moscow next month.

ANOC says Sheikh Ahmad will serve the remaining two years of Vazquez Rana's term until 2014, when new elections will be held.

Vazquez Rana, a Mexican media mogul who turns 80 in June, headed ANOC for more than 30 years. He resigned abruptly last week amid political infighting.

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