ATR Golden 25 - ASOIF President Francesco Ricci Bitti #16

(ATR) Representing the interests of the Summer Olympic sports is the Ricci Bitti mission.

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND - APRIL 20 :  President of ASOIF and SportAccord Convention President Francesco Ricci Bitti at the ASOIF/AIOWF Councils Meeting during the fourth day of the SportAccord Convention at the SwissTech Convention Centre on April 20, 2016 in Lausanne, Switzerland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND - APRIL 20 : President of ASOIF and SportAccord Convention President Francesco Ricci Bitti at the ASOIF/AIOWF Councils Meeting during the fourth day of the SportAccord Convention at the SwissTech Convention Centre on April 20, 2016 in Lausanne, Switzerland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

(ATR) The 28 sports on the summer Olympic program for Tokyo count on Francesco Ricci Bitti to represent their interests.

The president of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations is number 16 in the 2018 edition of the Around the Rings Golden 25. Published since 1997, the Golden 25 is an annual review of people, events and issues expected to influence the Olympic Movement in the year ahead.

Ricci Bitti is a member of the IOC Coordination Commission for Tokyo 2020 as well as Paris 2024 as a representative of the international federations.

Besides dealing with the sports program, Ricci Bitti leads discussions with the IOC over the share of money for the federations on the Tokyo program.

On the anti-doping front, Ricci Bitti is a member of the WADA Foundation Board.

Ricci Bitti has also been following developments with international boxing federation AIBA as it contends with leadership changes and financial issues.

Ricci Bitti, who turns 76 in January, is retired as an IOC member and honorary president for the International Tennis Federation, which he led for 16 years. He’s also a member of the board for CONI, the Italian NOC.

2017 ranking: #19

Written by Ed Hula

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