By Gary Anderson

January 20 - The Iranian NOC has a new President in the form of Kioomars Hashemi © National Olympic Committee of IranKioomars Hashemi has been elected as the 10th President of the National Olympic Committee (NOC) of the Islamic Republic of Iran - with his predecessor not receiving a single vote.

Hashemi secured 42 out of 60 votes during the election held at the National Olympic and Paralympic Academy of Iran, according to the Tehran Times.

Hashemi takes over from Mohammad Aliabadi, one of nine other candidates running for the Presidency role.

Aliabadi, President of the Iranian NOC since October 2008 succeeding Reza Gharakhanloo, did not receive a single vote, reports the Tehran Times, with Mehdi Ghadami and Mohammad-Jafar Kamboozia garnering nine and seven votes respectively, while two ballots were deemed invalid.

The other candidates who were in the running included Fazlolah Bagherzadeh, Mahmoud Khosravivafa, Mohammad-Reza Davarzani, Ali Moradi, Mehdi Karbasian and Mehrzad Hamidi.

Robab Shahrian and Alireza Dabir were appointed as Hashemi's deputies, replacing Ghadami and Khosravivafa who held similar roles under Aliabadi.

Following two rounds of votes, Shahrokh Shahnaz was elected as the NOC's secretary general replacing Bahram Afsharzadeh.

Behdad Salimi was one of four Iranian gold medallists at London 2012 ©AFP/Getty ImagesBehdad Salimi was one of four Iranian gold medallists at London 2012 ©AFP/Getty Images

Iran has competed at every summer Olympic Games since London 1948, except for the Moscow 1980 and Los Angeles 1984 Games which it boycotted.

The country has been traditionally strong in the sports of weightlifting and wrestling, and at London 2012 Iranian athletes claimed four gold medals in the form of weightlifter Behdad Salimi and wrestlers Hamid Sourian, Omid Norouzi and Ghasem Rezaei.

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