Leonz Eder has been FISU Acting President for more than 18 months ©FISU

The question of who leads the International University Sports Federation (FISU) moving forward is expected to be answered tomorrow via an Extraordinary General Assembly.

It is due to be an online gathering and representatives from Russia have been invited.

Tomorrow marks the expiry of World Anti-Doping Agency sanctions against the Russian Anti-Doping Agency and Russia as whole.

The range of punishments for the cover-up of a state-sponsored doping programme, watered down by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, included a ban on Russian Government officials holding positions at organisations which are signed up to the World Anti-Doping Code. 

FISU is a World Anti-Doping Code signatory.

Oleg Matytsin, who was appointed Russia's Sports Minister in January 2020, formally stepped aside as FISU President in March 2021.

Swiss official Leonz Eder, who was FISU first vice-president, has led the organisation in the meantime.

It had been expected that Matytsin - re-elected for a second term in 2019 - would resume the Presidency.

The sanctions which led to Oleg Matytsin stepping aside as FISU President will expire at midnight ©Getty Images
The sanctions which led to Oleg Matytsin stepping aside as FISU President will expire at midnight ©Getty Images

However, Russia's decision to launch a full-scale invasion of Ukraine and the ongoing war in the country make that possibility appear remote.

Dozens of countries would be expected to oppose a Russian Government official leading the organisation.

Matytsin has been critical of sanctions levied against Russian and Belarusian athletes because of the war in Ukraine and has also lambasted suggestions that athletes who condemn the invasion could be allowed to compete neutrally. 

FISU has already barred Russian and Belarusian athletes from next month's Lake Placid 2023 Winter World University Games and taken away Yekaterinburg's right to stage the Summer World University Games.

Last month, Acting President Eder told insidethegames that he was "ready to serve for FISU as I did in the past years, but in which function is not the most important question".

Eder stressed finding "the best solution for FISU" should be the priority.