POSTED: April 22nd 2016

SportAccord 2016: Patrick Baumann elected new president of the IFs

FIBA Secretary General and IOC member Patrick Baumann / FIBA
FIBA Secretary General and IOC member Patrick Baumann / FIBA

Baumann met with the press right after the election / SFC
Baumann met with the press right after the election / SFC

LAURA WALDEN in Lausanne at the SwissTech Convention Center / Sports Features Communications 

(SFC) Swiss IOC member and International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Secretary General Patrick Baumann was elected the new SportAccord president today at the SportAccord World Sport and Business Summit in Lausanne. He will serve one four year term in office and also is the chair of the Lausanne 2020 Youth Games organizing committee. 

He was running against Russia's Anna Arzhanova, head of the World Underwater Federation (CMAS) and easily won the election 55 votes to 25.

Baumann takes over after former chief Marius Vizer launched a bitter attack on the IOC and the president, Thomas Bach, at last year's opening of the SportAccord General Assembly in Sochi, Russia then consequently resigned. 

Now Baumann's aim is to unite and "build an atmosphere where people are not thinking only of division, but what can bring us all together.

"SportAccord can still serve as the voice of sport."

He said that the talked about  merger between SportAccord and SportAccord World Sport and Business Summit was not urgent and that there was no need to rush into any decision. Also changing the SportAccord name was not a top priority and that it would be looked into by the organization's council.

Media were not allowed into the room during the vote for the presidency and Baumann was asked if this might change in the future. He said he would take it into consideration.

Next year's SportAccord convention will be held in Aarhus, Denmark. 

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