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Italy's Rossi beats out Russia oligarch as new shooting no.1

ISSF VP goes up a notch after defeating Vladimir Lisin

(ANSA) - ROME, NOV 30 - Former Italian international shooter Luciano Rossi became the new president of the sport's ruling body, the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) on Wednesday beating out an oligarch close to Russian President Vladimir Putin who is Russia's richest man and was the outgoing ISSF head.
    Foligno-born Rossi, 68, the outgoing vice president, got 136 votes to his rival Vladimir Lisin's 127 at the ISSF general assembly at Sharm-El-Sheik in Egypt.
    Lison, who since the Russian invasion of Ukraine has desribed Putin as a "mere acquaintance", had beaten Rossi by just four votes in the last assembly election in 2018, when the Italian said he had received death threats and been at the centre of other murky incidents on the night before the vote.
    "I'm extremely happy with this result," said Rossi, adding that "it comes after difficult years in which I did some hard work with my staff.
    "I mean to be the president of all and to relaunch this sport of ours," he said, announcing as his first move the appointment of US shooting ace and triple Olympic gold medallist Kimberly Rhode as one of his vice presidents.
    The US and Italy are among the world's leading shooting nations.


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