POSTED: September 4th 2009

IOC member Leo Wallner quits Austrian NOC presidency

Forced out: Leo Wallner / Johannes Kernmayer
Forced out: Leo Wallner / Johannes Kernmayer

KEIR RADNEDGE & LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

LONDON/TAMPA: Amid doping and financial scandals being investigated within the Austrian national Olympic Committee the president has resigned.

Leo Wallner said, in a statement, that he was submitting his resignation three weeks before an extraordinary general assembly scheduled to affront the issues. Citing a need for restructuring he is leaving the post as the NOC is mired in questions over how the ÖOC administered funds supporting Salzburg’s ultimately vain candidacy to host the 2014 Winter Games.

In the statement Wallner noted a need for personal changes within the ÖOC and took the decision to hand over the leadership. He intends to fully support the organization in finding clarity with the ongoing investigation.

Earlier this year secretary general Heinz Jungwirth stepped down over the budget inconsistencies with the 2014 Salzburg bid and now the focus is on Wallner for allegedly neglecting to oversee $1.4 million being allocated for a lobbyist.

Austrian Sports Minister Norbert Darabos mentioned earlier this week that a "generation change" might be in order for the leadership of the organization.

Wallner, 73, has been at the helm of the ÖOC for 19 years, joined the IOC finance commission in 2000, the audit commission in 2006 and the ethics commission earlier this year.

Keywords · Leo Wallner · Austrian national Olympic Committee · IOC

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