FED­ER­A­TIONS & LEAGUES

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David Ward, a se­nior of­fi­cial at the FIA, motor rac­ing’s in­ter­na­tional gov­ern­ing body, an­nounced his in­ten­tion to run for the pres­i­dency of the or­gan­i­sa­tion, a po­si­tion presently filled by Jean Todt, later this year. Ward was an aide to for­mer FIA pres­i­dent Max Mosley and is con­sid­ered a strong can­di­date, es­pe­cially as Todt has not been widely pop­u­lar since suc­ceed­ing the Bri­tish of­fi­cial four years ago.

Bill Marolt is set to step down as pres­i­dent and chief ex­ec­u­tive of the US Ski and Snow­board As­so­ci­a­tion af­ter the Sochi win­ter Olympics. He will be re­placed by for­mer Olympic skier Tiger Shaw, who was coached by Marolt at the 1984 win­ter Olympics in Sara­jevo.

Michel Pla­tini, the pres­i­dent of Uefa, Euro­pean soc­cer’s gov­ern­ing body, said that he will not make a de­ci­sion on whether to run for the pres­i­dency of Fifa, the sport’s in­ter­na­tional fed­er­a­tion, un­til af­ter the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Cur­rent Fifa head Sepp Blat­ter had pre­vi­ously said that his cur­rent term, which runs un­til 2015, would be his last, but he has in­di­cated lately that he could be pre­pared to stay on. Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion Aus­tralia an­nounced that it was to es­tab­lish a nom­i­na­tions com­mit­tee to con­sider can­di­dates to join the board when three se­nior mem­bers step down in two years’ time. Un­der the FFA con­sti­tu­tion, chair­man

Frank Lowy, deputy chair­man Brian Schwartz and another board mem­ber Phil Wolan­ski will de­part their seats by Novem­ber 2015 and the nom­i­na­tions com­mit­tee will iden­tify suit­able re­place­ments with the sup­port of head­hunters Egon Zehn­der.

The in­flu­en­tial Mar­ius Vizer was re-elected as pres­i­dent of the In­ter­na­tional Judo Fed­er­a­tion, the sport’s gov­ern­ing body, and will serve a fouryear term en­com­pass­ing the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Vizer was re-elected by ac­cla­ma­tion at the IJF Congress in Rio, where the World Judo Cham­pi­onships were tak­ing place.

Hugh Mor­ris an­nounced his in­ten­tion to stand down as man­ag­ing di­rec­tor - Eng­land Cricket with the Eng­land and Wales Cricket Board, the sport’s na­tional gov­ern­ing body. Mor­ris, aged 49, who joined the ECB in 1997 at the end of his play­ing ca­reer, was set to take up the role of chief ex­ec­u­tive and di­rec­tor of cricket at Glam­or­gan County Cricket Club. FIBA Ocea­nia, the gov­ern­ing body for basket­ball in the re­gion, an­nounced that sec­re­tary gen­eral

Steve Smith is to re­tire at the end of 2013, af­ter 16 years in the post. The fed­er­a­tion also said that, for lo­gis­ti­cal and com­mer­cial rea­sons, it is re­lo­cat­ing its of­fice from Coffs Har­bour on the north coast of New South Wales in Aus­tralia to an east coast state cap­i­tal, likely to be Syd­ney, which is also in New South Wales.

Chris Paul of NBA basket­ball’s Los An­ge­les Clip­pers was named the new pres­i­dent of the Na­tional Basket­ball Play­ers As­so­ci­a­tion. Paul, pre­vi­ously an NBPA vice-pres­i­dent, re­placed Derek Fisher as pres­i­dent of the or­gan­i­sa­tion which has been in tur­moil af­ter the dis­missal in Fe­bru­ary of Billy Hunter, the union’s long­time ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, which led to a law­suit against the NBPA and Fisher.

Craig Ti­ley, di­rec­tor of Ten­nis Aus­tralia, the sport’s na­tional gov­ern­ing body, was pro­moted to chief ex­ec­u­tive of the or­gan­i­sa­tion fol­low­ing the res­ig­na­tion of in­cum­bent Steve Wood. Wood stood down af­ter more than eight years in the po­si­tion.

Karen Lunn, the chair­man of golf’s Ladies Euro­pean Tour, re­tired to re­turn to her home coun­try Aus­tralia and take up the role of ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Aus­tralian Ladies’ Pro­fes­sional Golf Tour. The 47-year-old Lunn was due to be suc­ceeded as LET chair­man by He­lena Al­terby Nord­strom, who had served as vice-chair­man since 2010.

Heidi Ue­ber­roth is to quit her role as pres­i­dent of in­ter­na­tional op­er­a­tions at USA basket­ball’s NBA at the end of the year, the league an­nounced. Ue­ber­roth, who had spent al­most 20 years at the NBA, will con­tinue to con­sult for the league as a se­nior ad­viser on in­ter­na­tional mat­ters fol­low­ing her de­par­ture. The WTA, the or­gan­iser of the top women’s ten­nis tour, ap­pointed Melissa Pine as tour­na­ment di­rec­tor of the end-of-sea­son WTA Cham­pi­onships ahead of the event’s move to Sin­ga­pore next year. In her new role, Pine will be re­spon­si­ble for strate­gic plan­ning and ex­e­cu­tion of the cham­pi­onships in Sin­ga­pore, where a new of­fice is be­ing opened, and help drive the growth of the WTA’s busi­ness and fan base in Asia, work­ing along­side a new Asia-Pa­cific chief ex­ec­u­tive. The FIM, mo­tor­cy­cling’s world gov­ern­ing body, ap­pointed Philip Baker as its new com­mer­cial di­rec­tor, be­gin­ning on Septem­ber 2. Baker has worked in motor sports for 23 years, hav­ing pre­vi­ously worked for Nis­san and Ford and for the Ste­wart For­mula 1 team.

Italy’s Ste­fano Bosi an­nounced his res­ig­na­tion as pres­i­dent of the Euro­pean Ta­ble Ten­nis Union, the lat­est de­vel­op­ment in a fraught re­la­tion­ship with the In­ter­na­tional Ta­ble Ten­nis Fed­er­a­tion and its pres­i­dent Ad­ham Sharara. Bosi, who ear­lier this year stood un­suc­cess­fully against Sharara as a can­di­date for the ITTF pres­i­dency, had ac­cused Sharara of fi­nan­cial wrong­do­ing dur­ing the elec­tion cam­paign, ac­cu­sa­tions ve­he­mently de­nied by Sharara.

Sara Sut­cliffe, for­merly le­gal di­rec­tor of the Bri­tish Olympic As­so­ci­a­tion, was ap­pointed in­terim chief ex­ec­u­tive at the English Ta­ble Ten­nis As­so­ci­a­tion. Sut­cliffe’s ap­point­ment fol­lowed the re­tire­ment of Richard Yule, who was chief ex­ec­u­tive of the ETTA from 1995 un­til June this year.

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