Juan Antonio Samaranch will return as IOC vice-president tomorrow ©Getty Images

Juan Antonio Samaranch will return as an International Olympic Committee (IOC) vice-president tomorrow, with the Beijing 2022 Coordination Commission chair set to replace China’s Yu Zaiqing.

Samaranch is the only candidate for the vice-president position due to be vacated by Yu, who has served the maximum of two four-year terms.

Samaranch, the son of the seventh IOC President of the same name, will return to the position.

The Spaniard was a member of the IOC Executive Board from 2012 to 2016, before serving one term as vice-president until 2020.

He left the Executive Board in 2020 after serving the maximum two consecutive four-year terms.

Samaranch’s return will be confirmed tomorrow at the second part of the 139th IOC Session following a two-year cooling off period.

Samaranch, 62, last year suggested he could be tempted to stand for the IOC Presidency in 2025.

Incumbent Thomas Bach is set to relinquish the position when his second term in office ends that year.

Samaranch joined the IOC in 2001, the same year his father stepped down as President after more than two decades at the helm, and is the head of the Coordination Commission overseeing preparations for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing.

He is also chairman of the Board of Directors of Olympic Channel Services in Spain.

His return to the IOC vice-presidency position will come in Beijing, where he was tasked with overseeing preparations for the ongoing Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in the Chinese capital.

Samaranch will succeed Yu, who has served as an IOC vice-president since 2014.

Yu Zaiqing will step down as IOC vice-president after two consecutive terms ©Getty Images
Yu Zaiqing will step down as IOC vice-president after two consecutive terms ©Getty Images

The Chinese official is required to stand down following two consecutive terms on the IOC Executive Board.

Samaranch will join Singapore’s Ng Ser Miang, Australia’s John Coates and Aruba’s Nicole Hoevertsz as IOC vice-presidents.

The IOC has also confirmed Serbia's Nenad Lalović and Italy's Ivo Ferriani will be re-elected unopposed as IOC Executive Board members.

Lalovic is the President of United World Wrestling and chairs the IOC group monitoring the suspended International Boxing Association.

Ferriani serves as International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation President.

The Italian was named SportAccord and Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) President at the end of 2021, but has launched controversial proposals to dissolve the latter.

The Executive Board also includes Jordan’s Prince Feisal Al Hussein, Morocco’s Nawal El Moutawakel, Philippines’ Mikaela Cojuangco Jaworski, Argentina’s Gerardo Werthein, Fiji’s Robin Mitchell, Switzerland’s Denis Oswald and Norway’s Kristin Kloster Aasen.

Finland’s Emma Tehro also serves on the Executive Board as the chair of the IOC Athletes’ Commission.

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