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SBD Global/December 18, 2012/People and Pop Culture

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The Spanish Automobile Federation re-elected CARLOS GRACIA as its president. Gracia received 39 votes to beat out his rival MANUEL AVINO who received 31 votes (EFE, 12/16). ... The Spanish Athletics Federation (RFEA) has re-elected JOSE MARIA ODRIOZOLA as its president. Odriozola received 96 votes to beat out VICENTE ANO and his 44 votes. The 73-year-old will be in charge until '16 (AS, 12/17). ELVEDIN BEGIC has been elected as president of the Bosnia and Herzegovina Football Federation (NFSBiH). Begic will serve a four-year term after being elected to the post at association's assembly in Sarajevo (UEFA). ... U.K.-based ports research agency Repucom has signed ANDREW MILNES to head up its marketing in U.K. and Ireland. Milnes, currently head of marketing and communications at The Ageas Bowl, will join the company on Jan. 7 (Repucom). ... Triathlon Ireland's board has accepted the resignation of CEO MATT MCKERROW (Triathlon Ireland). ... The New Zealand Olympic Committee has appointed ROB WADDELL as its chef de mission. Waddell replaces DAVE CURRIE, who struggled to contain a media storm around VALERIE ADAMS at the London Games. Waddel won rowing Gold at the 2000 Sydney Games and said the position was "unique opportunity" (NZOC).

COACHES/MANAGERS: Ligue 1 Ajaccio has fired head coach ALEX DUPONT. Dupont had signed a two-year deal with the club at the start of the season (L'EQUIPE, 12/17). ... Serie A club AC Siena has fired head coach SERSE COSMI. Italian media outlets speculate that "former UC Sampdoria Genua coach GIUSEPPE IACHINI is the top candidate for the vacant position" (SID, 12/17). ... Second Bundesliga 1860 Munich interim head coach ALEXANDER SCHMIDT "will likely continue in the position until the end of the season." Club President DIETER SCHNEIDER said, "He will continue to be our head coach beyond the winter break." Schmidt "took over the team from former head coach  REINER MAURER on Nov. 18" (SID, 12/16).

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