By Nick Butler at the Main Press Centre in Sochi

Yu Zaiqing has been elected IOC vice president ©Getty ImagesFebruary 7 - China's Yu Zaiqing has been elected unopposed as vice-president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC)

The 62-year-old takes the place vacated by Thomas Bach after he became IOC President last year.

Yu, China's Vice-Minister in charge of the General Administration of Sport, secured 80 yes votes in comparison with just nine against.

He will join the three other IOC vice-presidents, Morocco's Nawal El Moutawakel, Britain's Sir Craig Reedie and Australia's John Coates.

Yu, who was executive vice-president of Beijing 2008, has been an IOC member since 2000 and will return for a second vice-presidential stint after serving a four year term between 2008 and 2012.

He also served eight years on the IOC Executive Board from 2004 to 2012.

Yu holds several posts in China, including being President of the Chinese Basketball Association and head of the Wushu Federation of Asia.

Ugur Erdener defeated Dick Pound to be voted onto the IOC Executive Board this morning ©Getty ImagesUğur Erdener defeated Dick Pound to be voted onto the IOC Executive Board this morning ©Getty Images

World Archery President Uğur Erdener, meanwhile, has been elected onto the ruling Executive Board after defeating Canadian Dick Pound in a two-man contest. 

Erdener, also head of the Turkish Olympic Committee, won by 51 votes to 42 to hand Pound his second successive Executive Board defeat after he lost to American Anita DeFrantz by just a single vote at the last IOC Session in Buenos Aires five months ago. 

"It is an honour to have been appointed to such a prestigious position," said the 63-year-old, a doctor in ophthalmology and professor at the Hacettepe University in Ankara.

"The continued promotion and progression of the Olympic Movement is paramount to the success and development of all sports worldwide, and a cause I am most passionate about.

"As President of World Archery, I have seen a change in the way we present sport to world, its people and media.

"To retain the attention of old Olympic fans and encourage the support of new, we must continue to evolve and engage".

Pound, in a touch of good humour after his defeat, said that he was adding to his "impressive collection of silver medals in recent IOC elections".

Three IOC members - Gambia's Beatrice Allen of Gambia, Aruba's Nicole Hoevertsz and Malaysia's Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) President Prince Tunku Imran - were also re-elected to serve neweight year terms.

The only new IOC member to be elected during the 126th Session here was Denmark Poul-Erik Høyer, President of the Badminton World Federation (BWF), after he secured 76 votes in support and just 12 against.

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