CAS Allows Wrestling Body Meeting In Moscow

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By Grant Burkhardt

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland has given wrestling's governing body the go-ahead to hold a congress in Moscow despite a suit filed by the organization's former president.

FILA president Raphael Martinetti resigned on Feb. 16, just days after the IOC recommended the sport be dropped from the Olympics in 2020. Martinetti later sued FILA in the CAS, asking it to nullify the election of acting president Nenad Lalovic and prevent FILA from meeting in Moscow on May 18.

CAS on Friday refused to invalidate Lalovic's election and upheld FILA's right to hold its congress. CAS also ruled that Martinetti should remain a member of the FILA bureau.

The Moscow meeting will help the sport shape its presentation to the IOC executive board on May 29.

Here's the original story, courtesy Associated Press:

The federation for international wrestling says it will hold an "extraordinary" congress in Moscow later this month to discuss changes it hopes will help keep the sport in the Olympics.

FILA says its delegates will meet May 18 to talk about new competition rules and putting more women in leadership roles.

FILA also says it will consider allowing increased athlete involvement in organizational matters while discussing non-Olympic styles associated with FILA.

The sport's governing body sent invitations to the meeting to 177 countries. FILA acting President Nenad Lalovic, who is expected to be elected through 2014 during the congress, says it will be one of the most important meetings in the history of the sport.

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