— Published 4 November 2021

Patrick Vajda reappointed for four years

No change at the head of the International Federation of Sports Officials (IFSO). The Frenchman Patrick Vajda (photo above) was re-elected as president last week in The Hague (Netherlands), for a new four-year term. A re-election that comes in a difficult period for the arbitration, facing a lack of staff since the beginning of the health crisis. Patrick Vajda explained in his opening speech that the solution will be to recruit young referees and sports judges, boys and girls, from high school or university. “We must find solutions for young girls to progress and stay in refereeing while reaching the high level, insisted the French leader. The situation is delicate but the solutions exist.” During the same general assembly, the IFSO proceeded to the election of its new executive committee. It is composed of 14 members, from seven countries. Among them, the Belgian Eric Saintrond, the general manager of the International University Sports Federation (FISU).