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Tsunekazu Takeda is expected to be reappointed as president of the Japanese Olympic Committee this spring as he received a unanimous vote of approval from the selection panel on Friday.

The 57-year-old Takeda’s third term as JOC President will run two years from April after the decision is formalized at the executive committee meeting on March 24. His current term expires at the end of next month.

Takeda was 53 when he first took over as the youngest JOC president in October 2001 when Yushiro Yagi died in the middle of his term. Takeda served as the delegation chief at the Athens Olympics last summer when Japan won a record 37 medals, and pushed the idea of building the National Training Center in Tokyo as the base for the national teams preparing for the Olympics.

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