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May 22, 2015

Summer Games federations chastise SportAccord chief

By Karolos Grohmann

(Reuters) – The Association of Summer Olympic Federations (ASOIF) on Friday told the president of SportAccord he could no longer represent them following his attack on the International Olympic Committee.

In a sharply-worded letter, seen by Reuters, ASOIF president Francesco Ricci Bitti informed SportAccord chief Marius Vizer, who heads the umbrella organization that represents some 100 Olympic and non-Olympic federations, his attack on the IOC last month was incompatible with his position.

May 22, 2015

Olympics-Summer Games federations chastise SportAccord chief

May 22 (Reuters) – The Association of Summer Olympic Federations (ASOIF) on Friday told the president of SportAccord he could no longer represent them following his attack on the International Olympic Committee.

In a sharply-worded letter, seen by Reuters, ASOIF president Francesco Ricci Bitti informed SportAccord chief Marius Vizer, who heads the umbrella organisation that represents some 100 Olympic and non-Olympic federations, his attack on the IOC last month was incompatible with his position.

May 21, 2015

Rugby joins SportAccord exodus

By Karolos Grohmann

(Reuters) – Rugby joined equestrian, curling and table tennis in cutting ties with SportAccord on Thursday, the latest round of walkouts after its president sharply criticized the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Some 18 Olympic federations have already withdrawn their membership of the umbrella organisation, which represents about 100 Olympic and non-Olympic sports bodies, after its president Marius Vizer criticized the IOC last month.

May 21, 2015

Equestrian federation joins SportAccord’s growing exodus

By Karolos Grohmann

(Reuters) – The international equestrian federation (FEI) cut ties with SportAccord on Thursday, the latest federation to walkout after its president sharply criticized the International Olympic Committee.

Some 15 Olympic federations have already withdrawn their membership from the umbrella organization, representing about 100 Olympic and non-Olympic sports bodies, after President Marius Vizer’s criticism of the IOC last month.

May 21, 2015

Olympics-Equestrian, curling, table tennis join SportAccord exodus

May 21 (Reuters) – The international federations of equestrian, curling and table tennis cut ties with SportAccord on Thursday, the latest round of walkouts after its president sharply criticised the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Some 17 Olympic federations have already withdrawn their membership of the umbrella organisation, which represents about 100 Olympic and non-Olympic sports bodies, after its president Marius Vizer criticised the IOC last month.

May 21, 2015

Olympics-Equestrian federation joins SportAccord’s growing exodus

May 21 (Reuters) – The international equestrian federation (FEI) cut ties with SportAccord on Thursday, the latest federation to walkout after its president sharply criticised the International Olympic Committee.

Some 15 Olympic federations have already withdrawn their membership from the umbrella organisation, representing about 100 Olympic and non-Olympic sports bodies, after President Marius Vizer’s criticism of the IOC last month.

May 21, 2015

Soccer-German relegation battle goes down to the wire

BERLIN, May 21 (Reuters) – A third of the Bundesliga’s 18 clubs will be sweating it out until the last final whistle of the season on Saturday, hoping they will be one of the lucky sides to survive one of the most closely contested relegation battles in recent history.

The sextet comprises former European champions Hamburg SV, the only club to have never been relegated in the league’s 52-year history, former champions VfB Stuttgart, as well as Freiburg, Hanover 96, Paderborn and Hertha Berlin.

May 20, 2015

Truth ‘too shocking’ for IOC but pressure must stop: Vizer

BERLIN (Reuters) – SportAccord president Marius Vizer has urged the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to end pressure on federations to withdraw their membership of his organization after he criticized the Olympic body last month.

Vizer, who heads the international judo federation and the umbrella body SportAccord, which has about 100 sports federations as members, had accused the IOC of being dated, blocking new events and lacking transparency among other things.

May 20, 2015

Olympics-Truth “too shocking” for IOC but pressure must stop-Vizer

BERLIN, May 20 (Reuters) – SportAccord president Marius Vizer has urged the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to end pressure on federations to withdraw their membership of his organisation after he criticised the Olympic body last month.

Vizer, who heads the international judo federation and the umbrella body SportAccord, which has about 100 sports federations as members, had accused the IOC of being dated, blocking new events and lacking transparency among other things.

May 16, 2015

Soccer-’The brain’ Favre masterminds Gladbach revival

BERLIN, May 16 (Reuters) – When Lucien Favre took over Borussia Moenchengladbach in 2011 his only mission was to keep the struggling club in the Bundesliga with a playoff win after the five-time German champions had flirted for years with obscurity and relegation.

But on Saturday he completed a fairytale turnaround when Gladbach qualified for the Champions League group stage for the first time.

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