OCM President Tunku Imran gave an opening address about the IOC Session during the General Assembly ©OCM

The Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) agreed to defer its Executive Board elections from 2017 to 2018 during their General Assembly, where the hosting of last year’s International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session was also praised.

The OCM were due to hold elections for their ruling Executive Board at next year’s meeting but have now decided to stage them in 2018.

The change was one of the items on the agenda as well as discussions concerning the IOC Session in August, where Beijing was awarded the rights to the 2022 Winter Olympic Games.

The Chinese city, which staged the 2008 Summer Olympics, beat rival contender Almaty in Kazakhstan by the slender margin of 44 votes to 40.

Other key issues decided at the Session included the addition of two new IOC Members - Mamadou Diagna Ndiaye of Senegal and United World Wrestling President Nenad Lalović.

The Session itself was organised by the OCM, led by former Commonwealth Games Federation President Tunku Imran, and the Government of Malaysia.

The organisation of the IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur was praised during the OCM General Assembly ©Getty Images
The organisation of the IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur was praised during the OCM General Assembly ©Getty Images

It has been described by IOC President Thomas Bach as one of the best organised Sessions in recent memory.

Imran detailed the success of the event in his opening address, thanking those involved for organising the Session.

A total of 100 delegates attended the General Assembly, comprising 11 elected office bearers of the OCM, 67 delegates from 34 Ordinary Members, 10 delegates from 10 Associate Members, five representatives from government agencies and two representatives from the OCM External Auditor and five observers.

Before the gathering of the OCM officials began, Tan Sri Dato’ Dr. M. Jegathesan, the former deputy President of the organisation, presented some historical documents on the formation of the governing body.

He presented them to the archives of the OCM Sports Museum and Hall of Fame.