Executive Committee candidates have been unveiled by PASO ©PASO

Twenty-one people from 20 countries are standing for positions on the new Executive Committee of the Pan American Sports Organization (PASO) at elections in April, insidethegames can reveal.

This includes five candidates for the three positions of vice-president.

Of these, the only incumbent standing once again is Keith Joseph, the general secretary of the St Vincent and the Grenadines Olympic Committee who is also one of the five candidates to replace Julio Maglione as President.

A five-horse race also including another departing vice-president in Brazilian Olympic Committee head Carlos Nuzman was unveiled for the top job last month.

Also standing is Dominican Republic's José Joaquín Puello, Chilean Olympic Committee President (COC) Neven Ilic and St Lucia's Richard Peterkin.

Joseph appears to be hedging his bets by also standing for vice-president.

He will face opposition from Puerto Rican Olympic Committee President Sara Rosario Vélez from the Group Two bloc of PASO nations.

Their nominations were included in a list of applications distributed to PASO members, and seen by insidethegames,

Sara Rosario Vélez is challenging Keith Joseph for a vice-presidential position ©Twitter
Sara Rosario Vélez is challenging Keith Joseph for a vice-presidential position ©Twitter

All 41 members of the continental bloc are split into one of three groups; with each one represented by one vice-president and three members at large.

Mexican Olympic Committee President Carlos Padilla and El Salvador Olympic Committee counterpart Eduardo Palomo Pacas are going head to head for the vacant Group One vice-presidency.

Ivar Sisniega, another Mexican, is not standing again and will not return to the Board.

He is, however, a strong supporter of Ilic’s claim for the Presidency and he could be appointed secretary general if the Chilean is successful.

Padilla and Palomo Pacas are each also standing for one of the ordinary positions.

Only two others are standing - United States Olympic Committee (USOC) chief executive Scott Blackmun and Haiti Olympic Committee secretary general Alain Jean-Pierre.

USOC chairman Larry Probst is not standing again for his position.

Mario Moccia, an Argentine Olympic Committee Executive Committee member who also heads the Pan American Handball Federation, is the only vice-presidential candidate vying to replace Nuzman from the third group of PASO members.

Six figures are standing for ordinary positions from this group.

USOC chief executive Scott Blackmun is vying to replace Larry Probst on the ruling panel ©Getty Images
USOC chief executive Scott Blackmun is vying to replace Larry Probst on the ruling panel ©Getty Images

This includes two incumbents in Peruvian Olympic Committee President José Quiñones and Aruba's International Olympic Committee member Nicole Hoevertsz.

Others include another Chilean in COC vice-president Miguel Angel Mujica, an interesting move considering how it is unusual for a single country to have two representative on the ruling Committee.

Trinidad and Tobago’s newly elected Caribbean Association of National Olympic Committees President Brian Lewis is also standing along with Paraguay Olympic Committee head Camilo Pérez López Moreira and Guyana Olympic Association counterpart Kalam Azad Juman-Yassein.

Group Two candidates include Joseph and Rosario Vélez once again as well as three incumbents in St Kitts and Nevis Olympic Association head Alphonso Bridgewater, Grenada’s Veda Bruno-Victor and Jamaica Olympic Association President Michael Fennell.

Roberto Antonio León Richards Aguiar of Cuba is also standing.

Elections for all Executive Committee positions are scheduled for April 26 at the PASO General Assembly in Montevideo.