The president of the Czech Olympic Committee, Jiří Kejval, has been elected to the International Olympic Committee. The vote took place in Pyeongchang, where the 2018 Winter Olympics get underway on Friday. Mr. Kejval, who is 50, is the seventh representative of Czechoslovakia or the Czech Republic elected to the IOC.
The COC chief, a former international rower, had been nominated for the post ahead of a similar vote in September. However, Mr. Kejval withdrew his candidature at the last moment after an anonymous letter concerning the abuse of sports grants in the Czech Republic was sent to the IOC.