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Editorial: what sort of a president would be good for Estonia?

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Today, Estonia gets itself a new president. The Estonian Olympic Committee president.

On the super finals starting line, find these three: Urmas Sõõrumaa, Tõnu Tõniste and Jüri Ratas (order as on picture, in front row). An entrepreneur, a former top sportsman, and a politician.

In a way, we have already won. The campaigns have been serious, with content. Oh would we have it like this regarding electing the President – of Estonia – towards the end of summer!

The role of Estonian Olympic Committee (EOC) presidency can never be underestimated – essentially, the post spells leading the entire sports life of the nation.

The EOC president shapes the face of sports in Estonia, and is himself its face.

Largely, the position and reputation of sports and sportsmen is on his shoulders. A heavy responsibility as we are talking about the entire domain from tops sports to jogging, the teams and the «soloists».

In all the vital financial aspects, how very important for the president to remain transparent in managing the organisation, always about fair play.

Towards doping and fixing, let the tolerance be zero.

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