SportAccord confirms Kasper as interim leader

Gian Franco Kasper has been appointed as the interim head of SportAccord, following the resignation of Marius Vizer last month.

Vizer stood down from his role at the umbrella organisation for international federations after coming under heavy criticism for his controversial comments about the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and its president, Thomas Bach.

The Austrian’s comments created a backlash from Olympic sports federations, with more than 20 having renounced their ties with SportAccord. Vizer eventually bowed to pressure at the end of last month by confirming his resignation in a letter to all SportAccord member federations.

Kasper (pictured), who was amongst several key figures to have opposed Vizer’s comments, will now assume the role of ad-hoc interim chairman until a replacement president is appointed. Kasper served as a senior vice-president during Vizer’s reign and also holds the role of president for the Association of International Olympic Winter Sports Federations (AIOWF) and International Ski Federation (FIS).

SportAccord said that it intends to elect a new president at its Extraordinary General Assembly (EGM), which is expected to take place in November of this year. The date of the EGM will be confirmed in due course.