Category: Sports / February 16, 2013 1:49 PM EST
The wrestling world governing body FILA (International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles), said it will elect a new president as soon as possible following the resignation Raphael Martinetti on Saturday (February 1.
Switzerland's Martinetti announced he was stepping down at a FILA Executive Committee meeting in Thailand after a vote of no confidence less than a week after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) recommended that the sport be dropped from the 2020 Summer Games.
He had been "accused" by some of FILA's members as responsible for the sport's debacle at this week's IOC Executive Board meeting.
Serbian Nenad Lalovic was chosen as acting president.
"About the resignation of Mr. Martinetti, he resigned. This situation made him resign," Lalovic said at a news conference in Phuket.
"It's a difficult situation for a president who was in power for 11 years when the IOC decides to eliminate his work from the Olympic Games. That's mostly what, what is, this is the main reason for that," Lalovic added.
Lalovic said no decision has been made yet on when the election will be held.
"The official president of FILA will be elected on the next extraordinary congress. We will decide after this press conference when this congress will be held and where. It has to be held as soon as possible because FILA and all the membership have to elect the official president for the future. The decision is not made yet," he explained.
Wrestling is the first sport since 2005 to be dropped from the Olympic program.
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