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  • SportAccord Council Weighs Significant Merger -- Monday Memo


    (ATR) SportAccord Council members are meeting Jan. 26 to advance talks about how the federations' body will merge with the SportAccord Convention.

    Gian-Franco Kasper, International Ski Federation president (Getty Images)
    Around the Rings understands that the council, chaired by International Ski Federation chief Gian-Franco Kasper who is leading the umbrella association for IFs on an interim basis, will study proposals for changes to the new set of draft statutes that emerged from the extraordinary general assembly of SportAccord in November.

    Member federations, who voted by a large majority to authorize the merging of the SportAccord bodies, were invited to submit any specific requests and ideas for the new entity earlier this month.

    Further meetings of the council may be required before revised draft statutes can be circulated to the IFs. They will then be subject to discussion and a vote at the SportAccord General Assembly in the spring.

    World Luge Championships

    The International Luge Federation opens the 2016 World Luge Championships in Konigssee, Germany on Jan. 30.

    Athletes will compete in events including men's and women's singles, doubles, and the team relay.

    Competition ends on Jan. 31.

    Olympic wrestling test event

    Women's wrestling competition at the 2012 London Olympic Games (Getty Images)
    Some 84 athletes will compete in the women's wrestling test event for the 2016 Rio Olympics, Jan. 30-31.

    Competition will take place at the Arena Carioca 1 in Rio de Janeiro's Olympic Park. 

    The 2015 Aquece Rio International will host teams from 18 countries in preparation for the Games.

    FIFA Forum

    On Jan. 27, ESPN will broadcast a Brussels forum on the future of FIFA featuring three presidential candidates.

    Prince Ali, Jerome Champagne and Tokyo Sexwale are taking part in the forum organized by the European Parliament and #NewFIFANow7. ESPN's Fernando Palomo and journalist and author, John Carlin will moderate the forum. 

    Live coverage on ESPN platforms will start at 1500 CET.

    The FIFA presidential candidates are invited to present their FIFA manifesto pledges and respond to questions from MEPs.

    Written by Nicole Bennett

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