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Vizer plans united world sports championships

Vizer plans united world sports championships
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International Judo Federation president Marius Vizer, who was recently elected as the new head of SportAccord, plans to organise a global world championship for all sports federations every four years, a move which many see as a direct challenge to the IOC and the Olympic Games.

The 53-year-old, who already has a list of sponsors lined-up, including Gazprom, the Russian Government-owned energy supplier, hopes to launch the new concept as early as 2017.

Vizer edged out rival Bernard Lapasset, the chairman of the International Rugby Board, by 52 votes to 37 at the SportAccord general assembly last week to replace Hein Verbruggen, the controversial Dutchman who had held the post since 2004.