PASO Presidential election set to be delayed until February after EGM confirmed for November

A PASO EGM is due to take place in Doha in November ©Getty Images

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An Extraordinary General Assembly of the Pan American Sports Organization (PASO) is due to take place in Doha on November 17, insidethegames has been told, although elections to select a new President will not be held there and are set to be delayed until next February.

The meeting in Doha, set to take place there after of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) General Assembly two days earlier, will take place solely to give final approval to the organisation's new constiution.

They will discuss and approve feedback from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) given since the statutes were provisionally approved by PASO members following another EGM in Brasília in May.

"Once the constitution draft is approved by the General Assembly, the IOC will be ready to officially approve the document," PASO secretary general Jimena Saldana told insidethegames.

"Therefore, there is no confirmation yet on the date and site of the General Assembly in which a new Executive Committee will be elected."

Under the new constitution, nominations for the position of President of PASO must be submitted in writing to the General Secretariat at least 90 days before the election, while Executive Committee nominations must be presented 60 days before.

This effectively means that no elections can take place for three months after the approval of the constitution, so not before February 17 in 2017.

This is despite the current PASO Statutes stipulating that elections must be held in the year following the Pan American Games, so in 2016.

Fierce debate took place on this issue in Brasília, with various figures criticising Maglione for his plans to delay the meeting and thus violating the existing consitution.

An EGM meeting during Rio 2016 was also considered in order to speed up the process before being abandoned for logistical reasons.

Others claimed there was no need for a specific meeting to address the IOC's changes given how they are only thought to be minor amendments.

Mexico's PASO vice-president Ivar Sisniega called for the statutes to be respected and elections to be held this year while third vice-president Keith Joseph warned against the "fiscal irresponsibility" of holding too many meetings.

A host has not yet been come forward for next year's General Aseembly, although insidethegames understands that Miami is one possibility.

Maglione, who remains President of the International Swimming Federation, has repeatedly vowed not to run for the Presidency on a permanent basis.

Five Presidential candidates have emerged: Brazilian Olympic Committee President and Rio 2016 chief Carlos Nuzman, St Vincent and Grenadines Olympic Committee general secretary Joseph, St Lucian IOC member Richard Peterkin, Dominican Republic's José Joaquín Puello and Chilean Olympic Committee President Neven Ilic.

Nuzman has not yet confirmed his plans to run and has vowed to make his intentions clear after Rio 2016.

It is possible that a later General Assembly could suit him as it would give him more time to plan his bid after the conclusion of the Olympics and Paralympics Games.

The three Caribbean contenders have also vowed to work together, they have suggested, and could join forces to unite behind one favoured candidate.

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