Former ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti is set to be re-elected for a third and final term as President of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) after being confirmed as unopposed for the role.
It has been an honour and pleasure alike to serve ASOIF and its member federations in the past years. I am ready and committed to provide continuity through what is proving to be very challenging times for sport and to prepare the future of ASOIF. Francesco Ricci Bitti, ASOIF President and Honorary Life President of the International Tennis Federation
The ASOIF General Assembly, scheduled to take place virtually on 9 November, will confirm his election as the main item on its agenda.
The meeting had been due to be held as part of the SportAccord World Sport and Business Summit but was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
With no other nominations received prior to the deadline, ASOIF confirmed Ricci Bitti as the sole candidate for the position on Tuesday.
Ricci Bitti was first elected as the ASOIF President in 2012 after he stepped down at the ITF, and was re-elected for a second term in 2016.
“It has been an honour and pleasure alike to serve ASOIF and its member federations in the past years,” said Ricci Bitti, ASOIF President and Honorary Life President of the International Tennis Federation.
“I am ready and committed to provide continuity through what is proving to be very challenging times for sport and to prepare the future of ASOIF.”
The General Assembly will decide on certain amendments to the ASOIF Statutes to ensure gender neutral language, as well as allowing the umbrella body to hold its General Assembly virtually and voting by electronic means in the future.
ASOIF’s revised 2020 budget and draft for 2021 will also be assessed at the meeting, which will updates from the International Olympic Committee on matters related to International Federations and the Olympic Games, including a report by Tokyo 2020 on their preparations for the rescheduled Olympic Games.
The Games, which were pushed back to 2021 because of the pandemic, are due to take place from 23 July to 8 August 8 next year.
Reports will also be delivered by Paris 2024 and the World Anti-Doping Agency at the meeting, which is set to be live-streamed on YouTube.
The ASOIF Council meeting held this week made a variety of appointments, including that of Kelly Fairweather, the ITF’s Chief Operating Officer, who remains Chair of the Olympic and Multi-Sports Games Consultative Group.