LONDON (AP) -- A senior Olympic powerbroker has distanced himself from Marius Vizer and thrown his full support behind IOC President Thomas Bach in the latest backlash against the leader of umbrella body SportAccord.
Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fadad Al-Sabah, president of the Association of National Olympic Committees, says "it is time to put personal matters aside" and stand behind Bach's reform agenda "for the benefit and harmony of the Olympic movement."
The Kuwaiti sheikh issued a statement Tuesday urging unity in the wake of Vizer's attacks on the International Olympic Committee. More than 20 sports have suspended or withdrawn their membership in Vizer's SportAccord, which represents Olympic and non-Olympic federations.
Peruvian organizers have also pulled out of hosting Vizer's World Combat Games in 2017.
Sheikh Ahmad and Vizer had been allies until the SportAccord leader challenged the IOC and sought to organize his own multi-sport games.