FEDERATIONS & LEAGUES
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.