Incumbent Ivo Ferriani has today (July 15) been re-elected unopposed for a fourth term as president of the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF) governing body.
However, the 62-year-old Ferriani has said this term will be his last as president, having held the role consecutively since 2010.
The latest re-election, announced earlier after the conclusion of the IBSF’s congress in Lausanne, Switzerland, was unanimous as he was not facing an opponent.
When Ferriani was first elected, he succeeded Canada’s Bob Story, who had held the position for 16 years.
Ferriani was then re-elected unopposed at the 2014 Congress in Monte Carlo and won again four years ago beating Swiss Fritz Burkard.
The re-elected president said: “Please be assured that I am more motivated than ever to serve our sport and leave the IBSF in a more robust and healthier position than ever.”
As well as his role as IBSF president, Ferrani was elected as a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 2016, joining the IOC’s ruling Executive Board in 2018. He oversaw preparations for the 2022 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Beijing as a member of the coordination commission.
Last November he was appointed president of the Global Association of International Sports Federations, the umbrella organization for international sports federations.
He also acts as president of the Association of International Olympic Winter Sports Federations and head of the annual sports business summit SportAccord.
The IBSF’s delegates have also taken the decision to extend the suspension currently in place for Russian athletes, as well as for the Bobsleigh Federation of Russia, until further notice.
In the aftermath of the Russian invasion of Ukraine in late February, the IBSF joined almost all other sporting governing bodies in expelling Russian athletes from competing in its events, whilst also preventing that country from hosting tournaments.