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United World Wrestling suspends association with SportAccord

United World Wrestling (UWW) has become the latest international federation to step away from SportAccord, the umbrella organisation for international sports organisations and federations.

The UWW’s decision was announced just hours after the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) announced that it was splitting from SportAccord. Last month, SportAccord president Marius Vizer, criticised the International Olympic Committee and its president, Thomas Bach, labelling the IOC system “expired, outdated, wrong, unfair and not at all transparent.”

The comments, made at the SportAccord Convention World Sport & Business Summit in Sochi, Russia were made in front of Bach during the SportAccord general assembly. Several federations – including those representing athletics, boxing and shooting – have since suspended their association with SportAccord in protest at Vizer’s comments. Asoif, the group of summer Olympic federations, has also suspended ties with SportAccord.

UWW president Nenad Lalovic said that his federation “shall refrain to participate in the activities and games organised by SportAccord, until the relations with Asoif has improved to the latter's satisfaction.”

He added: “This was a difficult decision, in particular as we have worked closely with SportAccord in the past to secure additional opportunities for wrestling and traditional wrestling. I sincerely hope that the crisis within SportAccord can be resolved soon, in the best interest of sport.”

As reported by SportBusiness International yesterday (Monday), the WTF has suspended its membership in SportAccord and pulled out of the 2017 World Combat Games, which will be organised by the umbrella body. The decision came at the WTF general assembly in Chelyabinsk, Russia.

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