Hickey to replace Vazquez Rana on IOC board

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- The head of the European Olympic Committees has been nominated to replace Mexico's Mario Vazquez Rana on the IOC's powerful executive board next year.

EOC President Patrick Hickey of Ireland said he was nominated for the post Tuesday by the executive council of the Association of National Olympic Committees.

Vazquez Rana is a media magnate who has headed ANOC for 32 years. He has served on the International Olympic Committee's rule-making executive board since 2000. He loses his IOC membership next year when he reaches the age limit of 80.