Chiulli to be elected unopposed to GAISF presidency
Raffaele Chiulli, who has been leading the Global Association of International Sports Federations since the death of former president Patrick Baumann in October 2018, will stand unopposed for the position of permanent GAISF president.
GAISF announced today that Chiulli’s was the only name put forward for the role after the period for nominations closed on Wednesday.
Chiulli was handed the presidency on an interim basis in November by the GAISF council, but the council said that state of affairs would only be “until he is endorsed by the GAISF General Assembly in May next year”.
This would be done, the council said, to “ensure the continuity of GAISF service provision to its members.”
Chiulli has been president of the UIM, the world powerboating federation, since 2007 and of ARISF, the Association of Recognised International Sports Federations, since 2013. He was first appointed to the GAISF council as a vice-president in 2016.
An ARISF representative was always due to be the next GAISF president as a result of a switch to a two-year rotating presidency that was set to come in from 2020.
Baumann, who was elected GAISF president in 2016, was due to serve until 2020, when he would have been succeeded by an ARISF member. The Association of International Olympic Winter Federations (AIOWF) will then lead from 2022 to 2024.
The GAISF general assembly will take place on 10 May in Gold Coast, Australia.
GAISF recently confirmed the sports that will be included in the inaugural edition of the World Urban Games, taking place this September in Budapest.
The competition sports are 3x3 basketball, BMX freestyle park, breaking (breakdancing), freestyle flying disc, parkour and freestyle roller skate, while laser run and indoor rowing will feature as showcase sports.