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Last Updated: Saturday, 17 November 2007, 14:57 GMT
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John Fahey
Fahey was elected at a Wada Foundation Board meeting
Former Australian finance minister John Fahey has been elected World Anti-Doping Agency president.

Fahey, who succeeds Dick Pound, became the sole candidate after former French sports minister Jean-Francois Lamour pulled out of the running last month.

European ministers tried to enter former French Olympic hurdles champion Guy Drut as a last-minute challenger.

But Pound rebuffed the move, insisting nominations closed on 20 September and leaving Fahey, 62, free to take over.

"My decision is not to postpone," Pound confirmed to the European contingent.

"The process was followed. This is not a failure of process. This is a failure of the (European) candidate (Lamour).

"I am sorry you have been left with a candidate that let you down."

The Europeans then said they would abstain in the vote by the 35-member board.

Guy Drut
Drut became Europe's late choice to take over

Voting went ahead with a show of hands, and Fahey was elected, with four abstentions.

Lamour, Wada's vice-president, appeared set to take over from Pound but angrily withdrew his candicacy when Fahey entered the race.

The Council of Europe then asked for the election to be postponed for six months to give them time to find another candidate.

Pound accused the European bloc of trying to impose their own president after their first choice - Lamour - had "melted into the night."

But after his election, Fahey was adamant that he would be able to work with the Europeans who seemed intent on blocking his appointment.

Fahey said: "For days, those that represent Europe have indicated that there was nothing personal in this and it was an issue relating to other matters.

"Since the decision, each of the Europeans in the room has come forward and expressed their willingness to work with me.

"I've made it clear that I will go to Europe early in the new year to see how we can co-operate and collaborate in the work ahead."

Fahey admitted that he faced a major challenge in trying to tackle the growing problem of drugs in sport.

"I do not underestimate the task," he said.

"I don't see any magic solution. It is a challenge. I see no more important role in sport than to win this fight."

Pound, a Canadian lawyer who has led Wada since its creation in 1999, is leaving the post at the end of the year.

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