Steel tycoon re−elected Russian shooting chief

Izhevsk (Russia), Nov 28 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Steel tycoon Vladimir Lisin has been re−elected president of the Russian Shooting Union (RSU) in a secret−ballot vote.

Lisin, Russia's second−richest businessman according to Forbes magazine, was the only candidate in a poll that saw 67 delegates of the RSU conference cast their votes.

Two delegates abstained and 65 voted in favour of the 56−year−old, who has been president of the RSU since 2002.

Vasily Mosin's bronze in the men's double trap was Russia's only medal in 13 shooting events at the 2012 Olympic Games, compared to four medals in Beijing in 2008 and 10 in Athens in 2004.

"I hope that after the end of this Olympic cycle we will meet with our mood improved," Lisin said Tuesday after the announcement of vote's results.

The coach of Russia's shooters Igor Zolotarev stated his intention to stand down after a poor showing at the Olympics, and Lisin accepted his resignation in September.

Lisin said it is "hard" to find a new coach because of the "poor competition" between the domestic candidates and added that it is "theoretically possible" to invite a foreign coach.

Lisin is a keen huntsman who regularly stalks grouse and deer.

He reportedly bought an elite Perthshire estate for the purpose in Scotland in 2005, and owns the noted Fox Lodge hunting club north of Moscow.

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