French official Luc Tardif has retained his role as president of the International Ice Hockey Federation, the organization announced on Saturday. Tardif defeated German candidate Franz Reindl by 67 votes to 39 in the fourth and final round of the presidential election, ensuring that the French national would retain his presidency which he initially obtained in 2006.
“I have only my determination, my crazy passion for this sport, my sense of teamwork, my respect for the people, and my honesty to offer,” Tardif stated after the election results were released. He furthermore committed himself to perform his presidential duties at a level that the organization expects.
Following his victory, a respected Russian official congratulated him on his win. In addition to wishing him the best of luck on his new term, this official pledged to work towards further developing a fruitful relationship between Russia and the IIHF.
Tardif’s first priority in his new term will be to oversee the organization of the hockey tournament at next year’s Winter Olympics in Beijing.