SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A prominent member of South Korea's judo community has been elected head of the country's Olympic Committee.

The committee announced that Kim Jung-haeng won Friday's vote for president, defeating a ruling party lawmaker. He will serve a four-year term.

Kim quit as the longtime chair of South Korea's judo governing body earlier this month to focus on the election. The 69-year-old former judo athlete has headed the Judo Union of Asia in the past and is now serving as the International Judo Federation's marketing director.

Kim is a deputy chief of South Korea's organizing committee for next year's Incheon Asian Games. South Korea is scheduled to host the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang in 2018.

 

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