SportAccord Convention fills leadership void

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- International Tennis Federation president Francesco Ricci Bitti has been elected the new president of a major sports industry convention.

The Italian will be in charge of the SportAccord Convention, an annual conference that draws hundreds of delegates from around the world.

The convention is organized by the umbrella body SportAccord, which represents Olympic and non-Olympic federations.

Marius Vizer resigned as head of both SportAccord and the convention after facing a revolt from federations over his attacks on the International Olympic Committee.

Ricci Bitti steps down as ITF president in September after four terms in office, but will continue as head of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations.

Swiss IOC member Gian-Franco Kasper was chosen last week as interim president of the SportAccord federations' body, pending elections later this year.