Nenad Lalovic is to run unopposed for a six-year term as President of the International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles (FILA), it was announced today.
The Serbian became Acting President in February 2013 after Raphael Martinetti was forced to step down following the decision by the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) ruling Executive Board to recommend that wrestling should be dropped from the programme after Rio 2016.
After his election at an Extraordinary Congress in St Petersburg in May 2013, Lalovic led a successful campaign to save the sport, with it receiving an overwhelming vote of confidence at the IOC Session in Buenos Aires last September.
Lalovic has promised to continue to modernise the sport, including changing FILA's name to United World Wrestling and launching a new brand identity.
In addition to the Presidency, the Congress will vote on seven FILA ruling Bureau seats.
Six members will be vying for six-year terms and one will be to fill the remaining two-year term of Dr. Matteo Pellicone of Italy, who died earlier this year.
The FILA constitution states that women must fill three of the seats on the 23-member Bureau.
Since two are already serving, one woman will be named to the group that leads the Federation in September.
Current female members are Turkey's Rodica Yaksi and Russia's Natalia Yariguina.
A new draft of the Constitution will also be presented to the 177 national wrestling federation members at the Congress.
The Bureau, which met in Dubrovnik, also approved the 2013 balance sheet and the 2014 budget as well as finalising the 2015 competition schedule, which will be announced later this year.
Revisions to the January version of the wrestling rules were also approved.
Most were clarifications of existing rules, as well as details concerning the administration of the competitions.
The new wrestling rules with the included revisions are due to distributed shortly to all National Federations and published on the FILA website.
A final list of nominees for the 2014 Hall of Fame were approved and the inductees will be announced in the coming weeks.
The Hall of Fame Ceremony will take place at the Congress in Tashkent.
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