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Steve Stoute has been re-elected chairman of the Caribbean Association of National Olympic Committees (CANOC) at its General Assembly held at the Hilton Hotel in Bridgetown, Barbados.

Stoute retained his position after Brian Lewis, President of the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee, had also contested the role.

Under the CANOC constitution, the chairman is elected once the seven Board members are elected.

Stoute's position is set to be reviewed after he has completed half of his four-year term.

It was the first time Stoute had faced a challenger since he took over as the founding chairman of CANOC, which was officially formed 11 years ago to represent the 26 National Olympic Committees based in the Caribbean.

CANOC has developed significantly as an organisation in that period of time and last year was awarded the Caribbean broadcast rights for Rio 2016 by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

It plans to use any profit from the deal to help develop sport in the region.

The 72-year-old Stoute, President of the Barbados Olympic Association, took Lewis' challenge as a growing sign of CANOC's growing maturity and influence.

(From left to right) Angel Morales, Alfred Emmanuel, Brian Lewis, Steve Stoute, Donald McLean, Keith Joseph and Alphonso Bridgewater were elected as the new Executive of CANOC during the General Assembly at the Hilton Hotel in Bridgetown ©BOA(From left to right) Angel Morales, Alfred Emmanuel, Brian Lewis, Steve Stoute, Donald McLean, Keith Joseph and Alphonso Bridgewater were elected as the new Executive of CANOC during the General Assembly at the Hilton Hotel in Bridgetown  ©BOA

"We have reached the stage where it looks as if we will receive IOC recognition, PASO (Pan American Sports Organization) recognition and with the acquisition of the 2016 television rights, we are the only region in the world to have acquired Olympic television rights," he told The Barbados Advocate.

"This should provide revenues and enhance the profile of the organisation.

"So it is now something that other people will be interested in, and that is a healthy sign."

Lewis was, however, elected onto the CANOC Board for the first time, along with Alphonso Bridgewater from St Kitts and Nevis.

The rest of the Board is Alfred Emmanuel from St Lucia, Keith Joseph from St Vincent and The Grenadines, Donald McLean from the Cayman Islands and Angel Morales from the Virgin Islands.

"After some robust discussion we arrived at a consensus position that was acceptable to all seven members," said Lewis.

"We all gave our word to honour what we agreed."

The meeting, which was proceeded by an Olympic Solidarity Regional Workshop, was also addressed by IOC President Thomas Bach via a video link.

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