Following his resignation given on February 16th, 2013, the former President of FILA, Mr Raphael Martinetti, has sued the FILA in front of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland. Mr Martinetti claimed in substance that he should remain member of the FILA Bureau despite his resignation as President, that the election as acting President of Mr Nenad Lalovic be declared null, and that the FILA should be prevented from holding its Congress in Moscow on May 18th, 2013.
In an award rendered today, the operative part of which was notified to the parties, the CAS confirmed the FILA’s right to hold its Congress on May 18th, 2013, in Moscow. It did not invalidate Mr Lalovic election. Pursuant to the CAS Mr Martinetti remains member of the Bureau.
The decision rendered by the CAS enables the FILA to prepare itself during its upcoming Congress so as to submit to the IOC Executive Board, on May 29th, 2013, in Saint Petersburg, the strongest presentation to ensure that wrestling be included in the Program of the 2020 Olympic Games.