Lotito launches campaign to be FIGC head (3)

Only rival to Tommasi so far

(ANSA) - Rome, January 12 - Lazio Chairman Claudio Lotito on Friday launched his campaign to become Italian Soccer Federation (FIGC) chief. Rome businessman Lotito, 60, said at an assembly that he had the necessary backing of 11 of the 20 clubs in Serie A. The deadline for presenting bids to replace former FIGC chief Carlo Tavecchio is tomorrow.
    On January 5 Italian Footballers' Association President Damiano Tommasi said he was standing for the FIGC presidency, left vacant when the 74-year-old Tavecchio quit after Italy's shock failure to qualify for the World Cup. The former AS Roma midfielder, 43, said he wanted to meet players' desires to be "those who unite".
    Tommasi said he wanted to be an "active part of change".
    Tommasi had been encouraged to run by many players, coaches and officials.
    Elections are scheduled for January 29.