SportAccord has abandoned its proposal to reduce membership to just four umbrella Federations in new draft Statutes circulated to members today, reverting back to the traditional system of each constituent sporting body being a full member.
The draft new Statutes, obtained by insidethegames, also propose an extra representative for non-Olympic sports on the ruling Council.
This follows the controversial proposals sent out to members last year, which would have meant only four groups would have been eligible to vote.
The Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) would have held three votes, the Association of Winter Olympic International Federations (AIOWF) two.
The Association of IOC Recognised International Federations (ARISF) and the Alliance of Independent Recognised Members of SportAccord (AIMS) would have had one each.
This would have meant that the Olympic sports would hold a clear majority of five of the seven votes, despite only accounting for 34 of the 92 full SportAccord members.
The proposals, supposedly introduced to avoid duplication with the work of other bodies and to save time and money, were fiercely opposed, particularly by representatives from non-Olympic sports.
They claimed it was giving the Olympic Federations disproportionate and unfair power.
It was announced following a Council meeting last month that this, as well as the proposed merger between SportAccord and SportAccord Convention, had been abandoned.
The latest proposals are now subject to approval at the Statutory General Assembly, to be held in Lausanne's SwissTech Convention Center on April 22, the final day of the SportAccord Convention.
The merger is set to be discussed again once the Statutes have been approved.
For now, the old system will be retained, meaning all 92 members have one vote so long as they have "satisfied all...financial obligations toward SportAccord".
It adds: "All Associate Members [an organisation which groups together the activities of several Members generally for the purpose of organising competitions] except the International University Sports Federation (FISU) as a founding Member, have no voting right, but have the right to speak."
Any statute changes and proposals for new member must be subject to two thirds majority approval, as it was under the old system, with all other decisions subject to a simple majority of over 50 per cent of votes validly cast.
While the abandoned Statutes proposed an eight-member an Exectutive Board, the latest proposals suggest a continuation of the current system of a ruling Council.
This will consist of a President, plus three members designated by ASOIF, two by AIOWF, two by ARISF, one by AIMS and one by the associate members.
Olympic sports would thus still make up a majority, but ARISF would be represented by one extra member.
Another change from last year's proposal relates to the term limits for the President and Council membership.
The President will be able to stand for just one four-year term, as oppose to one three-year term before, while Council members would also serve four-year rather than three-year terms.
It was previous stipulated that they Council members could only be re-elected only once, while the latest reading is a more open-ended: "They may be reappointed."
Details of the Presidential contest have also been released today, with an election set to take place during the April 22 General Assembly in the Swiss city.
Nominations for the Presidency must be notified in writing to the SportAccord administration by a deadline of 30 days beforehand.
The current interim President Gian-Franco Kasper, also head of the International Ski Federation and AIOWF, has already indicated he does not want to stand, with the jostling of potential candidates now set to begin.
The proposed changes were raised last year following the resignation of former President Marius Vizer just less than two months after his controversial criticism of the International Olympic Committee and its President Thomas Bach had prompted the withdrawal or disaffiliation of many of the SportAccord members.
Vizer remains head of the International Judo Federation and is still thought to wield some influence behind the scenes.