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Former table tennis player Jean-Michel Saive has applied for President of the Belgian Olympic and Interfederal Committee (BOIC).

Saive is the first to announce his intention to succeed Pierre-Olivier Beckers-Vieujant, member of the International Olympic Committee, when the BOIC holds its elections next year.

The 50-year-old, who stood in vain for president of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF), said RTBF Being a candidate for BOIC President was “the first step in a long process”.

“I’m going to fine-tune a program based on the many meetings I’ll have until the time of the election,” he said.

“But my very first priority, to this day, remains of course to prepare and support the athletes in this very complicated period.”

The BOIC presidential elections should have taken place this year before being postponed until after the 2020 Tokyo Olympics rescheduled.

Jean-Michel Saive will succeed Pierre-Olivier Beckers-Vieujant next year as BOIC Chairman Getty Images
Jean-Michel Saive will succeed Pierre-Olivier Beckers-Vieujant next year as BOIC Chairman Getty Images

Beckers-Vieujant, IOC member since 2012 and chair of the Paris 2024 Coordination Commission, has chaired the BOIC since 2014.

The senior official’s final term will end at BOIC’s rescheduled general meeting in 2021.

Saive, a former European champion who won two silver medals at the World Championships, has been nominated by the Belgian Table Tennis Federation for BOIC President.

He headed the BOIC Athletes’ Commission from 2013 to 2017 and was elected to the same body on the ITTF in 2018.

Saive took on Thomas Weikert for ITTF president three years ago, but suffered a narrow defeat in the election.

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