Paulo Wanderley, right, has been re-elected COB President ©COB

Paulo Wanderley has been re-elected as Brazilian Olympic Committee (COB) President on a four-year term after overcoming the challenge of two rivals for the post.

Wanderley and his vice-presidential candidate Marco La Porta received 26 of a possible 48 votes to be re-elected.

Rafael Westrupp and Emanuel Rego placed second, with the duo securing 20 votes, while Helio Meirelles Cardoso and Robson Caetano polled two.

Wanderley was first elected as COB President in 2017 after the arrest of his predecessor and former Rio 2016 President Carlos Nuzman.

"Experiencing a moment like the one from today truly moves me and reminds me of the whole trajectory of 2017 until now, how much we have built together," Wanderley said.

"That alone is a victory."

The latest election was billed as the most democratic in the COB’s history.

The COB Athletes’ Commission was granted 12 votes, while representatives of the Brazilian Olympic Confederations had 34 and Brazil’s two IOC members each had a vote.

The Brazilian Handball Confederation did not send a representative.

The COB says the elections were the most democratic in the organisation's history ©COB
The COB says the elections were the most democratic in the organisation's history ©COB

"If we currently live in democracy at the COB, if we had for the first time in decades three slates running for President, if we had the massive and fundamental participation of athletes in making the decision, this was the result of the statutory reform that I conducted as President of this entity," Wanderley added.

"When I applied with Marco La Porta, we were looking for the possibility of an even greater evolution of COB and Brazilian sport.

"This is the commitment that we signed after the result of the ballot box.

"We will always talk about transparency, austerity and meritocracy, as well as competence and excellence.

"The objective is to expand governance, transparency and compliance mechanisms, improving the highly successful Management, Ethics and Transparency (GET) program, so that we can have a genuinely sports management.

"The confederations, which are already part of the day-to-day of the COB, will be increasingly involved with processes that concern them."

Wanderley highlighted that since assuming the Presidency he has overseen a review of contracts, cutting expenses and adapting the budget to the new reality of Brazilian Olympic sport after Rio 2016.

The expansion of the Athletes' Commission to 25 members, creation of the Board of Directors and the Ethics Council, and the hiring of a compliance leader were cited as key achievements.

The COB has also established a partnership signed with UN Women regarding the policy for the prevention of and fight against harassment and sexual abuse, as well as the creation of the COB Hall of Fame.

Wanderley is the former head of the Brazilian Judo Confederation, with the 70-year-old having given up the post when he became COB vice-president in 2016.

He has also served as President of the Pan American Judo Confederation.