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Wrestling president resigns

16 Feb 2013
Phuket, Thailand: On the occasion of the extraordinary FILA Bureau meeting that was convened by Mr. Raphaël Martinetti in Phuket (THA), a group of Eastern delegates accused him of being to blame for the eviction of wrestling as part of the 25 core sports for the 2020 Olympic Games. Mr. Martinetti asked for the Bureau's trust in leading the campaign to save wrestling in the coming months, but the Bureau only supported him by 50% of the votes.

Mr. Martinetti did not use his casting vote to save his position and announced his resignation in order to give the chance to another President to act upon the situation. Mr. Martinetti will remain a Bureau member till the end of his term in 2014. The FILA Bureau nominated Mr. Nenad Lalovic (SRB) as acting President.

In accordance with the the FILA Constitution, an extraordinary Congress may be called by the Bureau - or by at least one third of the affiliated National Federations - in order to ratify the Bureau's decision or appoint another acting President.

Mr. Martinetti hopes that this situation will help save wrestling and thanks all National Federations for their unfailing support throughout his term as FILA President. Mr. Martinetti also wishes success to Mr. Lalovic for the mission that now rests in his hands.

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