Coates returns as Australian Olympic Committee president

SYDNEY (AP) John Coates will serve another four-year term as president of the Australian Olympic Committee after beating former field hockey gold medalist Danni Roche by a landslide in an election Saturday.

The 58 to 35 vote result in favor of Coates came during the AOC's annual general meeting.

Coates, who turns 67 on Sunday, is also an International Olympic Committee vice president and is the coordination chairman of the Tokyo 2020 Games.

He could have lost his IOC position and duties if he had been defeated by Roche.

It was the first test of Coates' leadership since he became president in 1990, and came amid an acrimonious campaign which divided former athletes and administrators.

''Thank you for the confidence you have shown in me,'' Coates said after the result was announced.

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