A proposal asking Alexander Ratner to step down as President of the European Shooting Confederation has not been included on the agenda for the organisation's General Assembly in Baku on October 21 ©ISSF

The agenda for the European Shooting Federation (ESC) General Assembly here in October has been published but carries no mention of calls for a vote to replace the President Alexander Ratner, despite calls for him to stand down from a number of countries.

Insidethegames has been told that some officials regard the agenda as "complete lack of organisational transparency."

Clause 10 of the agenda published for the General Assembly in Azerbaijan's capital on October 21 on the ESC web portal does invite delegates to, "Review Committee’s recommendations and Presidium’s decisions" and also lists "Information and discussion about Member Federations’ Proposals and improvement of the ESC governance".

But there is no specific mention of the complaints tabled by the Finnish Sport Shooting Federation. (SAL).

They had been unhappy that Ratner appeared to show his support for his Russian compatriot Vladimir Lisin in the elections for International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) President in Cairo last November.

It was also charged that Ratner had resigned without a proper handover to the new ISSF secretary general Willi Grill.

The Agenda published for the ESC General Assembly makes no mention of calls for the removal of the President ©ESC
The Agenda published for the ESC General Assembly makes no mention of calls for the removal of the President ©ESC

Earlier this month, Ratner’s  legal representatives, Summerer, Kranz and Sofing, a German law practice had sent a "Cease and Desist" letter to SAL and the Danish Shooting Union and current ISSF President Luciano Rossi.

The notice alleged "Defamation of the President and threat of removal of the President of the European Shooting Confederation".

Ratner, a former secretary general of the ISSF has been here for the World Championships and watched the men’s three position rifle competition yesterday. 

Insidethegames understands that the ISSF had not officially been made aware that he was visiting the competitions.

Ratner shook hands with a number of people as he left the hall.