MOSCOW, Russia — Viatcheslav (Slava) Smagin has been elected as the new president of the Russian Softball Federation for a four-year term during elections held on 7 December.

An administrator and organiser since the sport started in the USSR in 1986, Smagin’s service included Umpire in Chief for that country from 1987-92. He also founded the softball club Carrousel in the early 1990’s. In 1991 he founded the “Governor’s Cup” annual international tournament.

In 2002, he became executive director of the Russian Softball Federation.

Furthermore, he has always been actively involved in the Olympic movement representing Russian delegations and the House of Russia at the Olympic Games from 2002 to 2016.

In 2009, Smagin was inducted into the WBSC World Softball Hall of Fame in the administrator category.