Saei received eight of 15 votes to secure the position.

Archer Zahra Nemati – a two-time Paralympic champion – finished second in the voting.

Fencer Mojtaba Abedini was elected vice-chairman, edging out table tennis’ Afshin Norouzi.

Judoka Arash Miresmaeili, twice a world champion, previously chaired the Athletes’ Commission.

Hadi Saei elected as Iran NOC Athletes Committee Chairman

Saei is Iran’s most decorated Olympian.

He won Olympic gold in the men’s 68-kilogram division at Athens 2004 and added a second title in the 80kg class at Beijing 2008, having won a bronze medal at Sydney 2000.

Saei is one of only two Iranians to have won a pair of Olympic gold medals, alongside weightlifter Hossein Rezazadeh.

Earlier this year, 44-year-old Saei was been appointed technical director of the Islamic Republic of Iran Taekwondo Federation.

By: Inside the Games