Casado, Lalovic and Rolland eye Wu's IOC EB seat
Marisol Casado, Nenad Lalovic and Jean-Christophe Rolland, respectively, the presidents of the governing bodies of triathlon, wrestling and rowing, are to battle it out for a seat on the International Olympic Committee executive board next month.
The trio are bidding to become the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations representative on the powerful executive board, in place of Ching-Kuo Wu, who stepped down as president of AIBA late last year against a background of bitter infighting at the international boxing federation.
The election will take place at the IOC session ahead of the PyeongChang winter Olympic Games, which begin on 9 February.
All ASOIF members have until 19 January to cast their vote. The successful candidate will require an absolute majority to be elected the ASOIF representative, which will then be voted on by the IOC members.
Casado, the only female president of a summer Olympic international federation, was elected a member of the IOC in 2010. The Spanish administrator has led the International Triathlon Union since 2008.
Lalovic, from Serbia, became an IOC member in 2015, two years after being elected president of United World Wrestling, then known as FILA. He played a key role in the reform of the governing body and the sport in the wake of an IOC executive committee proposal to omit it from the Olympic programme beginning 2020.
Rolland only became an IOC member last September. The Frenchman was elected World Rowing president in 2013, and was re-elected for a second four-year term in October.
Wu was elected to represent ASOIF on the IOC executive board in 2012, seeing off a challenge from Ireland’s Pat McQuaid, the former president of the UCI, the international cycling federation.
The decision of just two candidates to put their names forward was surprise, after it had been widely expected that others, including Casado and Patrick Baumann, the general secretary of FIBA, the international basketball federation, would stand.
Normally, the ASOIF president would additionally represent the federations on the IOC’s executive board, but an alternative had to be sought in 2012, given that the incumbent, Francesco Ricci Bitti, had reached the age (70) at which IOC members must compulsorily retire. Ricci Bitti remains the ASOIF president.