BUCHAREST, May 29 (Xinhua) -- President of Romania's Rugby Federation Alin Petrache was elected Thursday to the position of president of the Romanian Olympic and Sports Committee (COSR).
Petrache won the COSR presidency for a two-year term and is to replace Octavian Morariu, who held the office since 2004.
Petrache garnered 143 votes out of 202 valid ballots, in the first round of elections held on the occasion of the General Assembly of the Olympic national body.
His rivals the world-class gymnastics coach Octavian Belu and 5-time Olympic champion rower Elisabeta Lipa reaped 33 and 21 votes, respectively.
"I did not win against anyone. I very much respect Mr. Bellu and Ms. Lipa. Their presence in Romania's Olympic Team is vital for obtaining good results in Rio, and in the coming competitions," he said after the elections.
Petrache, nearly 38, graduated in 1999 from the National Academy of Physical Education in Bucharest and earned later a PhD in Physical Education and Sports.
He was deputy Secretary-general of the Romanian Olympic Sports Committee between 2005 and 2008; as of 2009 he has held the presidency of the Romanian Rugby Federation; between May 2012-January 2013, he was vice President of the National Authority for Sport and Youth.
Petrache is also a deputy of the parliament, as he won a seat at the parliamentary elections in 2012.
Octavian Morariu resigned in mid April from his post as COSR chairman to avoid activity overload, given the other programmes he has in the International Olympic Committee and in the European Rugby Association.