Ricci Bitti unopposed for ASOIF presidency

International Tennis Federation President Franceso Ricci Bitti

is set to become the new head of the umbrella body of summer

Olympic sports.

The Italian was the only candidate nominated by Monday’s

deadline for the presidency of the Association of Summer Olympic

International Federations.

Ricci Bitti’s formal election will take place at the ASOIF

general assembly in Quebec City on May 22. His four-year term will

start on Jan. 1, 2013.

Ricci Bitti replaces Denis Oswald of Switzerland, the president

of rowing’s world governing body. Oswald steps down as ASOIF

president at the end of the year.

Still to be decided is who replaces Oswald as ASOIF’s

representative on the International Olympic Committee executive

board. His term on the board expires this year.