Fendt set to maintain long-held grip on FIL presidency

Josef Fendt is set to extend his long-running tenure as president of the International Luge Federation (FIL) after the governing body announced that he will be standing unopposed for re-election.

The 70-year-old will be the only candidate to stand for the FIL presidency when the body meets for its 66th Congress in Bratislava, Slovakia on Saturday. He will serve a seventh four-year term if re-elected.

Fendt (pictured) was first elected to the position on June 25, 1994. Prior to that, the German had served as the FIL’s temporary president on a short-term basis following the death of founding president Bert Isatitsch earlier that year. Isatitsch had led the FIL for 37 years, from its creation in 1957 through to his death.

Fendt is the second longest-serving president of a winter sports federation, behind René Fasel, head of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). Fasel has served as IIHF president for 24 years, having been elected shortly before Fendt took up his role with the FIL.