Former World Anti-Doping Agency chief Dick Pound has been nominated as president of the Court of Arbitration of Sport (Cas) in Lausanne.
Pound is a former Olympic swimmer turned lawyer
Pound is one of two candidates put forward by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for the post.
The other candidate is Geneva-based lawyer Robert Briner.
The IOC is the only body that can nominate candidates for the Cas presidency, but their 20-member board will make the final decision.
The vote to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Senegalese judge Keba Mbaye in January 2007 could take place in April.
Pound, a Canadian lawyer and senior IOC member, served as head of Wada from 1999-2007.
If elected, he would be in charge of overseeing the work of the sports world's top appeals body and would also control the appointment of arbitrators who rule on disputes.
CAS has nearly 300 arbitrators from 87 countries and handles about 200 cases a year.