MEXICO CITY (AP) – Exclavadista María José Alcalá was elected the new president of the Mexican Olympic Committee on Thursday, succeeding Carlos Padilla Becerra.
Alcalá, 49 years old and a four-time Olympic competitor, got 87 votes in favor to overcome her rival Norma Olivia González, who obtained 46 votes. There were three abstentions.
She is the first woman elected to the position in the 98-year history of the Committee.
Alcalá, who will be the 12th person to occupy the position, competed in the Olympic Games in Seoul 1988, Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000, where he reached a sixth place in synchronized springboard, his best result in the summer tournament.
Padilla Becerra was elected to office on October 26, 2012 unanimously.
“Today it is important that there is the possibility for a woman to lead the Mexican Olympic Committee and show that it is not only because she is a woman, but because of her abilities, talent and knowledge of what the Olympic movement is with the experience of having been a competitor” said Padilla Becerra, under whose management Mexico garnered 17 Olympic medals.