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Saturday, August 11, 2012
IOC election candidates removed

Associated Press

LONDON -- Two candidates voted by London Games athletes to represent them as International Olympic Committee members have been removed from the election for breaking rules by campaigning too hard.

IOC Athletes Commission chairman Frank Fredericks says the athletes -- Japanese hammer thrower Koji Murofushi and Taiwanese taekwondo fighter Chu Mu-yen -- had their results wiped after finishing in the top four of a 21-candidate poll.

Fredericks says both received earlier written warnings before the IOC Executive Board withdrew them Saturday.

With Murofushi and Chu removed, the newly elected IOC members are: Danka Bartekova (Slovakia, shooting); James Tomkins (Australia, rowing); Kirsty Coventry (Zimbabwe, swimming); Tony Estanguet (France, canoeing).

They will serve eight-year terms.