The International Triathlon Union (ITU) has reportedly joined the exodus from umbrella body SportAccord following an attack by SportAccord President Marius Vizer on the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
According to a report by Associated Press, the ITU has reportedly confirmed that its executive board voted unanimously to suspend its membership in SportAccord, which represents Olympic and non-Olympic sports federations.
The ITU is reported as stating, “We are looking forward to seeing this issue resolved in the near future in the best interest of sport.”
Triathlon follows wrestling, taekwondo, boxing, athletic, archery, canoeing, shooting and bobsled in suspending or cutting relations with SportAccord. The Association of Summer Olympic International Federations has also suspended ties.
Vizer, President of SportAccord, blasted the IOC and President Thomas Bach in a speech at the SportAccord convention in Sochi, Russia, last month. Vizer said the IOC system was ‘outdated’ and Bach’s reform program was of no use.