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Romanet re-elected as IFHA chairman

05 June 2015

While one long-standing international sports administrator prepares to step down in divisive circumstances, another has been given a resounding vote of confidence, with Louis Romanetre-elected on Wednesday as chairman oft he International Federation of Horse racing Authorities for his eighth term.There was never the slightest chance of a Sepp Blatter moment when the IFHA executive council convened in New York as a prelude to the two-day, inaugural Pan American Conference, for a business agenda that included the election of officers.

 With BHA chief executive Nick Rust marking his first meeting as a council member by proposing Romanet’s re-election, the former France Galop director general was returned unopposed and to acclaim. Romanet, 67, who has held the position since the IFHA was created in 1994, will start his next three-year term at the organisation’s annual Paris conference in October. 

He said: “I am delighted and honoured to be re-elected. We have built a very good team and the restructure that resulted in the chairman being supported by three vice-chairmen representing separate international regions is working extremely well.

”The IFHA executive council alsore-elected three senior executives – the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges (for Asia), the US Jockey Club’s Jim Gagliano (Americas)and Horse Racing Ireland’s chief executive Brian Kavanagh (Europe) – to serve as vice-chairmen for a further three years.

 Romanet will present a new three-year strategy to the October conference, based on the IFHA’s mission as “a conduit of good regulation and practices on international matters”. He said the main aims would include implementation of a global anti-doping policy through the certification of laboratories, harmonisation of drug control and out-of-competition testing,achievement of a no medication on race day policy for all member countries.

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