Craig Reedie, a driving force behind London's successful hosting of the 2012 Olympic Games, is all but assured of being the next president of the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) after being nominated by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) executive board on Friday.
The 72-year-old Scot, who was also a leading light in London's successful candidacy to host the 2012 Games, saw off the challenges of former IOC medical director Patrick Schamasch and US hurdling great Ed Moses.
Reedie, who was elected an IOC vice-president before the London Games, will replace Australian John Fahey, who steps down after six years in charge in November.
Reedie, an accomplished badminton player in his youth who lobbied successfully for it to become an Olympic sport, will face several challenges when he is officially elected and takes up the post on January 1 2014.
Fahey, a former Australian finance minister, warned in June that lack of money was hampering the fight against doping in sport, saying Wada's annual budget of $28 million was insufficient.