SportAccord interim President Gian-Franco Kasper sent out a letter ahead of the body's Extraordinary General Assembly ©Getty Images

Merging SportAccord with the SportAccord Convention will be the leading item on the agenda at the body's Extraordinary General Assembly in Lausanne next month, insidethegames has learned.

The meeting, scheduled for November 11 at the Hotel Royal Savoy in the Swiss city shortly before an International Federations (IF) Forum there, has been billed as a key "clearing the air" summit to be attended by representatives from all member federations following a tumultuous year for the body.

In a letter sent out today, signed by SportAccord interim President Gian-Franco Kasper and obtained by insidethegames, the taking of "steps to accomplish the merger" of the two bodies heads a three-point agenda.

A review of draft statutes has also been proposed by the International Federations' Union, along with discussion about the 2016 edition of the annual Convention, the location of which is expected to be unveiled later this month, with Dubai having already been mooted as a potential contender.

Each member federation is permitted three delegates at the meeting, expected to consist of the President, secretary general and vice-president.

No other business will be on the agenda, "unless all members are present and vote unanimously in favour of it".

This presumably means that no election for a new President of the body will be held, with this vote expected to take place instead during an annual General Assembly held during next April's Convention.

Merging SportAccord with the SportAccord Convention is the leading item on an agenda for the body's Extraordinary General Assembly in Lausanne next month
Merging SportAccord with the SportAccord Convention is the leading item on an agenda for the body's Extraordinary General Assembly in Lausanne next month ©ITG

Problems within SportAccord came to a head in April after former President Marius Vizer launched a stinging attack on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and its President Thomas Bach during this year's General Assembly in Sochi.

This swiftly prompted 22 Olympic and seven non-Olympic sports to withdraw or suspend their SportAccord membership.

The IOC, International Paralympic Committee, Commonwealth Games Federation and bodies recognising Summer Olympic, Winter Olympic and IOC Recognised sports all "disaffiliated their association", throwing the entire future of the body into doubt, while Russia also withdrew from hosting up to the next five editions of the annual Convention.

Following Vizer's resignation in May, there has been a desire to resurrect the Convention, billed as a premier annual networking opportunity for the Olympic Movement to come together.

But the future of SportAccord itself has been less certain, with many claiming that much of its work essentially duplicates projects also undertaken by other bodies, such as the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF).

A body far smaller in scope is therefore being proposed, of which the Convention will be the primary focus.

When speaking to insidethegames in June, ASOIF director general Andrew Ryan speculated how the new body could still play other limited roles, including some sort of anti-doping responsibility or commitment to organise an event like the World Mind Games. 

As the President of the International Judo Federation, Vizer could in theory be present at the meeting, although in reality he appears unlikely to attend.

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