Federations consider SportAccord position after IOC row

Sat May 9, 2015 9:03am EDT
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By Karolos Grohmann

(Reuters) - Several international federations will be reviewing their membership of sports umbrella organization SportAccord next week after its president launched a scathing attack on the International Olympic Committee (IOC), they said on Saturday.

The international boxing federation (AIBA) became the latest body to withdraw from SportAccord, an organization representing close to 100 Olympic and non-Olympic sports federations and organizers of multi-sports games.

It pulled out this week after SportAccord President Marius Vizer's scathing attack on the IOC last month.

AIBA also withdrew from the World Combat Games 2017 organized by SportAccord, leaving the event with just five Olympic sports among the 15 involved.

These are wrestling, taekwondo, fencing, weightlifting and judo, the international federation of which is led by Vizer himself.

The Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) has also suspended links with SportAccord.

Some of those federations are now also considering their own futures in SportAccord and the World Combat Games with wrestling due to discuss the issue on Monday.

"We are completely in solidarity with ASOIF," United World Wrestling president Nenad Lalovic told Reuters. "We will absolutely follow the other 27 (Olympic) sports."   Continued...