Gian-Franco Kasper is to be proposed as an IOC Executive Board member ©Getty Images

Gian-Franco Kasper is set to replace fellow Swiss René Fasel as the winter sporting representative on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board.

The change was proposed at the General Assembly of the Association of Winter Olympic International Federations (AIOWF) here, insidethegames understands, due to Fasel having served the maximum of two four-year terms in office.

It will have to be formally rubber-stamped by the IOC membership at its Session in Rio de Janeiro on August 2 to 4.

Kasper, the 72-year-old President of the International Ski Federation, replaced Fasel as the AIOWF head in 2014.

He became the first figure to be given special dispensation to remain as an IOC member beyond the age limit of 70 later that year, a proposal introduced as part of the Agenda 2020 reform process.

This was for a maximum of four years, however, meaning he will cease to be an IOC member in 2018.

IIHF head René Fasel has served a maximum eight-year term on the Executive Board ©Getty Images
IIHF head René Fasel has served a maximum eight-year term on the Executive Board ©Getty Images

Kasper, seen as a close ally of IOC President Thomas Bach, has led SportAccord on an interim basis since last July in order to stabilise the body following the resignation of Marius Vizer last May. 

He is effectively the only possible contender for the Executive Board, however, because the only other current IOC member from a Winter Federation is Italy’s International Skating Union (ISU) President Ottavia Cinquanta.

Cinquanta is standing down from that position ahead of elections in June and will thus relinquish his IOC position.

Fasel, head of the IIHF since 1994, is the only candidate in fresh elections held next month, meaning he is expected to remain as an IOC member.

Taiwan’s International Boxing Association President CK Wu has also been proposed for a second four-year term as the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations representative here.

Ireland’s Patrick Hickey was likewise proposed earlier this month to continue to serve on the Board on behalf of the Association of National Olympic Committees.