MOSCOW, November 30. /TASS/. Russian steel tycoon Vladimir Lisin has been elected on Friday to take the helm of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF), the federation said in a statement.

“The ISSF General Assembly elected him as the 7th President of the Federation, following the 38-year long presidency of Olegario Vazquez Rana,” the statement from the ISSF said.

“Vladimir Lisin is the new ISSF President,” the statement reads. “He beat Italy’s Luciano Rossi in the succession to the 38-year long presidency of Olegario Vazquez Rana (Mexico).”

The 62-year-old Russian businessman was cited as saying before the election: “I don’t want to make empty electoral promises.”

“There’s a lot of work to do for all of us. We should respect the interest of all federations and all continents,” he added.

According to the data provided by the ISSF press service, “Lisin is a Russian entrepreneur holding Ph.Ds in Engineering and Economics, and the Chairman of one of the world’s leading steelmaking companies, NLMK Group. He practices shooting sport since the age of 14, and has been involved in the management of the sport since years.”

Commenting on the election of Lisin to take charge of the ISSF, Russian Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov said it was an expected outcome.

“I am glad that Russia continues increasing its representation in international sports federations,” Kolobkov said. “Vladimir Lisin has a great management experience and enjoys a good reputation in the sport of shooting.”

“His election to the post of the president of the International Shooting Sport Federation was expected,” the sports minister said. “I congratulate him and wish him success in the implementation of all his initiatives for the sake of the sport of shooting.”

Lisin is now the fifth Russian national to take charge of an international sports organization. The other four are: President of the International Sambo Federation (FIAS) Vasily Shestakov, President of the International Fencing Federation (FIE) Alisher Usmanov, President of the International Federation of Bandy (FIB) Boris Skrynnik and President of the World Chess Federation (FIDE) Arkady Dvorkovich.

Another Russian national, Russia’s Oleg Matytsin, serves as the president of the International University Sports Federation (FISU), which is set to unite in Russia’s Kranoyarsk early next year athletes from around the globe for the 2019 FISU Winter Universiade.

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