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Formation 1967
Type Sports organization
Headquarters Lausanne, Switzerland
92 full members and
17 associate members.
Official language
English, French
Francesco Ricci Bitti

SportAccord is the umbrella organisation for all (Olympic and non-Olympic) international sports federations as well as organisers of multi-sports games and sport-related international associations.[1][2] SportAccord is an international sport organisation with 92 full members (international sports federations governing specific sports worldwide) and 17 associate members (organisations which conduct activities closely related to the international sports federations).[2]


  • Mission and values 1
  • Definition of sport 2
  • Membership 3
  • History 4
  • Member federations 5
  • Associate members 6
  • List of GAISF presidents 7
  • Current organizational structure 8
  • The SportAccord International Convention 9
  • See also 10
  • Notes and references 11
  • External links 12

Mission and values

SportAccord is the umbrella organisation for both Olympic and non-Olympic international sports federations as well as organisers of international sporting events and in this case provide expertise in, for example, anti-doping, integrity, social responsibility.[2]

By establishing multi-sports games that group together similar sports, the SportAccord aims to promote the members and the members visibility.[2]

Definition of sport

The SportAccord has developed a definition of sport to determine whether an applicant federation qualifies as an international sports federation.

SportAccord's definition of Sport is the following definition:[3]

  • The sport proposed should include an element of competition.
  • The sport should not rely on any element of “luck” specifically integrated into the sport.
  • The sport should not be judged to pose an undue risk to the health and safety of its athletes or participants.
  • The sport proposed should in no way be harmful to any living creature.
  • The sport should not rely on equipment that is provided by a single supplier.

SportAccord uses five categories for its member federations' sports, many of which fall into more than one category:


SportAccord operates with two term of membership. First of the international federation can be Full Member or secondary be Associate Member of SportAccord.[4]


The SportAccord is deeply rooted in the sports movement. As early as 1921, international sports federations (IFs) expressed the need for a representative of their common objectives and interests. Under the direction of Paul Rousseau, Secretary General of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), a permanent bureau of the IFs was established to facilitate the dialogue with the Olympic authorities.

In 1967, 26 international sports federations met in Lausanne and agreed on the need to increase permanent liaisons and the name “General Assembly of International Sports Federations” was adopted. In order to establish a more formalised organisation, the “General Association of International Sports Federations" (GAISF) was formed in 1976 and the headquarters were moved to Monaco two years later.

The new millennium brought important changes to the organisation. Reacting to the increasing pressure on IFs to professionalise and develop, GAISF in collaboration with the Associations of Summer and Winter Olympic International Federations (ASOIF and AIOWF), launched first SportAccord International Convention in 2003. At the time, this new format “by sport for sport” allows IFs and sports business to get together, share knowledge and network.

In March 2009, GAISF was rebranded SportAccord and, in the same year, its offices moved to Lausanne, the Olympic Capital. SportAccord officially adopted the mission to UNITE & SUPPORT and developed into a dynamic and active organisation which aims to serve and promote its members. Its ambition is to provide high-quality services and expertise in areas that are of high importance to its members.

Currently, SportAccord’s focus is on sports’ social responsibility, sports’ integrity, doping-free sport, digital media and multi-sports games.


As early as 1921, under the direction of Paul ROUSSEAU, Secretary General of the “Union Cycliste Internationale”, a permanent bureau of the international sports federations (IFs) was created. With regular IFs/IOC meetings taking place, dialogue with the Olympic authorities became easier. However, organisations that were not part of the Olympic movement were excluded.


In the 1960s, the sports movement evolved rapidly.

Roger Coulon, President of the “Fédération Internationale de Lutte Amateur”, was the first to express the need, for a wider recognition of the role of IFs. For non-Olympic federations, a forum which would enable them to better express their points of view was necessary. The creation of a stable organisation ensuring permanent relations between IFs appeared to be the logical continuation of the meetings which took place frequently but without rules or a fixed organisation. The common preparation of these meetings with the IOC could thus be better supported. It would also permit a constant liaison between the IFs and the outside world. In 1966, the time seemed appropriate and the convocation to the newly constituted Assembly was launched.


On 21–23 April 1967, delegates from the following 26 international sports federations met in Lausanne in the Hotel Continental: Aeronautics, Rowing, Basketball, Bobsleigh, Boules, Canoeing, Cycling, Equestrian, Fencing, Gymnastics, Handball, Hockey, Ice Hockey, Judo, Luge, Wrestling, Motorcycling, Swimming, Modern Pentathlon, Roller-Skating, Skiing, Shooting, Volleyball, Weightlifting, University Sport, and Maccabi.

The delegates agreed on the necessity to establish permanent liaisons between the IFs, for the defence of their objectives and common goals, the preservation of their autonomy and constant exchange of information. The name “General Assembly of International Sports Federations” was adopted.

In 1976, this name was replaced by “General Association of International Sports Federations” (GAISF). In 1978, the office moved from Lausanne to Monaco. GAISF represented the logical continuation of the past IFs meetings, dealing not only with Olympic matters but also with all questions of common interest for the IFs.


In 2003, in collaboration with ASOIF and AIOWF, GAISF launched the first SportAccord Convention to answer a need from the IFs, which were looking to have a “one-stop-shop”, where they could all hold their annual meetings, be encouraged to network and share their knowledge.

In March 2009, GAISF was rebranded SportAccord at the meeting of the 7th SportAccord International Convention in Denver. In April 2009, it moved its main office from Monaco to Maison du Sport International in Lausanne, Switzerland. Due to the growing ambitions of SportAccord, the team is continuously growing.[5]

On May 25, 2012, the last of eight days of the annual General Assembly of SportAccord in Quebec City, the Federation of International Lacrosse and the International Mind Sports Association were accepted, bringing "the number of SportAccord members to 107".[6]

On May 31, 2013, the last of eight days of the annual General Assembly of SportAccord in Saint Petersburg, the International Cheer Union and the Federation Internationale de I'Automobile were voted into SportAccord.[7]

On April 20, 2015, at SportAccord's 2015 convention in Sochi, SportAccord president Marius Vizer made a speech that was sharply critical of the IOC and its president, Thomas Bach. Following the speech, the IAAF, the ISSF, and World Archery withdrew from SportAccord in protest,[8] and there were a number of further withdrawals in May 2015 including the International Rowing Federation.[9]

Member federations

# Sport Organisation Acronym Membership
1 Aikido International Aikido Federation IAF
2 Air sports Fédération Aéronautique Internationale FAI
3 American football International Federation of American Football IFAF
4 Aquatics Federation Internationale de Natation FINA
5 Archery[10] World Archery Federation WA
6 Athletics[10] International Association of Athletics Federations IAAF
7 Automobile Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile FIA
8 Badminton Badminton World Federation BWF
9 Baseball and softball World Baseball Softball Confederation WBSC
10 Basketball Federation Internationale de Basketball FIBA
11 Basque pelota Federación Internacional de Pelota Vasca FIPV
12 Biathlon International Biathlon Union IBU
13 Billiard sports World Confederation of Billiard Sports WCBS
14 Bobsleigh Fédération Internationale de Bobsleigh et de Tobogganing FIBT
15 Bodybuilding International Federation of Bodybuilding & Fitness IFBB
16 Boules Confédération Mondiale des Sports de Boules CMSB
17 Bowling Federation Internationale des Quilleurs FIQ
18 Boxing International Boxing Association AIBA
19 Bridge World Bridge Federation WBF
20 Canoeing International Canoe Federation ICF
21 Casting International Casting Sport Federation ICSF
22 Cheer International Cheer Union ICU
23 Chess Fédération Internationale des Échecs FIDE
24 Climbing & Mountaineering Union Internationale des Associations d'Alpinisme UIAA
25 Cricket International Cricket Council ICC
26 Curling World Curling Federation WCF
27 Cycling Union Cycliste Internationale UCI
28 DanceSport World DanceSport Federation WDSF
29 Darts World Darts Federation WDF
30 Dragon Boat International Dragon Boat Federation IDBF
31 Draughts Fédération Mondiale du Jeu de Dames FMJD
32 Equestrian sports Fédération Équestre Internationale FEI
33 Fencing Fédération Internationale d'Escrime FIE
34 Fistball International Fistball Association IFA
35 Floorball International Floorball Federation IFF
36 Flying disc World Flying Disc Federation WFDF
37 Football Fédération Internationale de Football Association FIFA
38 Go International Go Federation IGF
39 Golf International Golf Federation IGF
40 Gymnastics Federation Internationale de Gymnastique FIG
41 Handball International Handball Federation IHF
42 Field hockey International Hockey Federation FIH
43 Ice hockey International Ice Hockey Federation IIHF
44 Ice stock sport International Federation Icestocksport IFI
45 Judo International Judo Federation IJF
46 Ju-Jitsu Ju-Jitsu International Federation JJIF
47 Karate World Karate Federation WKF
48 Kendo International Kendo Federation FIK
49 Kickboxing World Association of Kickboxing Organizations WAKO
50 Korfball International Korfball Federation IKF
51 Lacrosse Federation of International Lacrosse FIL
52 Lifesaving International Life Saving Federation ILS
53 Luge Fédération Internationale de Luge de Course FIL
54 Minigolf World Minigolf Sport Federation WMF
55 Modern pentathlon Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne UIPM
56 Motorcycling Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme FIM
57 Muaythai International Federation of Muaythai Amateur IFMA
58 Netball International Federation of Netball Associations IFNA
59 Orienteering International Orienteering Federation IOF
60 Polo Federation of International Polo FIP
61 Powerboating Union Internationale Motonautique UIM
62 Powerlifting International Powerlifting Federation IPF
63 Racquetball International Racquetball Federation IRF
64 Roller sports Fédération Internationale de Roller Sports FIRS
65 Rowing Fédération Internationale des Sociétés d'Aviron FISA
66 Rugby World Rugby WR
67 Sailing International Sailing Federation ISAF
68 Sambo Fédération Internationale de Sambo FIAS
69 Savate Federation Internationale de Savate FISav
70 Sepaktakraw International Sepaktakraw Federation ISTAF
71 Shooting sport[10] International Shooting Sport Federation ISSF
72 Skating International Skating Union ISU
73 Skiing Fédération Internationale de Ski FIS
74 Ski mountaineering International Ski Mountaineering Federation ISMF
75 Sleddog International Federation of Sleddog Sports IFSS
76 Soft tennis International Soft Tennis Federation ISTF
77 Sport climbing International Federation of Sport Climbing IFSC
78 Sports fishing Confédération Internationale de la Pêche Sportive CIPS
79 Squash World Squash Federation WSF
80 Sumo International Sumo Federation IFS
81 Surfing International Surfing Association ISA
82 Table tennis International Table Tennis Federation ITTF
83 Taekwondo World Taekwondo Federation WTF
84 Tennis International Tennis Federation ITF
85 Triathlon International Triathlon Union ITU
86 Tug of war Tug of War International Federation TWIF
87 Underwater sports Confédération Mondiale des Activités Subaquatiques CMAS
88 Volleyball Fédération Internationale de Volleyball FIVB
89 Waterskiing International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation IWWF
90 Weightlifting International Weightlifting Federation IWF
91 Wrestling United World Wrestling UWW
92 Wushu International Wushu Federation IWUF
66 28 7 34 33

Associate members

List of GAISF presidents

President Member of Duration
W Berge Phillips FINA 1967–1969
Thomas Keller FISA 1969-1986
Un Yong Kim WTF 1986–2004
Hein Verbruggen UCI 2004–2013
Marius Vizer IJF 2013–present

Current organizational structure

President Vice president Vice president General director
Francesco Ricci Bitti Ron Froehlich Antonio Espinós Ortueta Vlad Marinescu

The SportAccord International Convention

Originally launched in 2003, SportAccord International Convention is a gathering of more than 2,500 leading representatives from the sport industry. It offers the participants a powerful opportunity to come together on a global scale, in an exclusive and authoritative networking environment, to build relationships, share knowledge and develop ideas that will benefit the entire community.[11]

Unlike any other event of its type, SportAccord International Convention is owned and endorsed by the sports movement itself. It was created and is owned by SportAccord, the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) and the Association of International Olympic Winter Federations (AIOWF). Over the past decade, SportAccord International Convention has become one of the key fixtures on the world-wide sporting calendar. It allows associations as well as the international sports federations to increase efficiency by holding all their annual meetings at the same time and place, and serves also as a commercial platform whereby the sports industry can have 'one-stop-shop' access to the world governing bodies of sport and their key decision-makers.[12]

SAIC Dates Host City
1st May 12–16, 2003 Madrid, Spain
2nd May 15–20, 2004 Lausanne, Switzerland[13]
3rd April 16–20, 2005 Berlin, Germany
4th April 3–7, 2006 Seoul, South Korea[14]
5th April 22–27, 2007 Beijing, China[15]
6th June 2–6, 2008 Athens, Greece[16][17][18]
7th March 23–27, 2009[19][20] Denver, United States[21][22]
8th April 20–25, 2010[23] Dubai, United Arab Emirates (#1)[24][25]
9th April 3–8, 2011[26] London, United Kingdom[27][28]
10th May 20–25, 2012[29] Quebec City, Canada[30][31]
11th May 26–31, 2013[32] Saint Petersburg, Russia[33]
12th April 6–11, 2014[34] Belek, Turkey[35]
13th April 19–24, 2015[36] Sochi, Russia[37]
14th 2016 Dubai, United Arab Emirates (#2)[38]

See also

Notes and references

  1. ^ "Members". SportAccord – International Federations' Union ( 2013-07-19. Retrieved 2013-08-13.
  2. ^ a b c d "MISSION". Retrieved 15 June 2015. 
  3. ^ "Definition of Sport". SportAccord.
  4. ^ "Associate Membership". SportAccord. 2013-07-19. Retrieved 2013-08-13.
  5. ^ "History of SportAccord". SportAccord. Retrieved 2009-10-06. 
  6. ^ "Federation of International Lacrosse and International Mind Sports Association are new SportAccord Members". SportAccord. 25 May 2012. 
  7. ^ "International Cheer Union and Federation Internationale de l'Automobile are new SportAccord Members". SportAccord. 31 May 2013. 
  8. ^ Livingstone, Robert. "SportAccord Counts Its Losses After Chief’s Attack on Olympics Backfires". Retrieved 20 April 2015. 
  9. ^ "World Rowing resigns from SportAccord". insidethegames. 20 May 2015. 
  10. ^ a b c The IAAF, ISSF and World Archery Federation withdrew from SportAccord on April 20, 2015.
  11. ^ Convention History[?]. SportAccord Convention.
  12. ^ "SportAccord International Convention". Retrieved 2011-09-16. 
  13. ^ "Lausanne To Host 2004 SportAccord Convention" (PDF). SportAccord. Retrieved 2011-09-20. 
  14. ^ "The World Meets In Seoul" (PDF).  
  15. ^ "Countdown to Beijing" (PDF).  
  16. ^ "Athens hosted the most successful edition of SportAccord". Athens Convention Bureau (English). Retrieved 2011-09-16. 
  17. ^ "SportAccord 2008 tightens focus on cities". Sport Business. Retrieved 2011-09-20. 
  18. ^ "Athens Hosts Sixth Edition of SportAccord" (PDF).  
  19. ^ "Sportaccord 2009 Kicks Off in Denver".  
  20. ^ "Denver Global Program (in .pdf)" (PDF). SportAccord. Retrieved 2011-09-20. 
  21. ^ "Denver is first North American city to host SportAccord conference". Metro Denver. Retrieved 2011-09-16. 
  22. ^ "Around the Rings Special Edition - SportAccord Denver" (PDF).  
  23. ^ "Dubai Global Program (in .pdf)" (PDF). SportAccord. Retrieved 2011-09-20. 
  24. ^ "Dubai to host SportAccord in 2010". Sport Business. Retrieved 2011-09-20. 
  25. ^ "Around the Rings Special Edition - Dubai" (PDF).  
  26. ^ "Registration opens for 2011 SportAccord Convention in London". October 4, 2010. Retrieved 2011-09-20. 
  27. ^ "London To Host SportAccord Convention". London Press Service. Retrieved 2011-09-16. 
  28. ^ "Around the Rings SportAccord Special Edition" (PDF).  
  29. ^ "SportAccord Convention Selects Iconic Quebec Hotel".  
  30. ^ "SportAccord Convention 2012 Awarded to Québec City". Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance. Retrieved 2012-04-16. 
  31. ^ "The ATR SportAccord 2012 Special Edition".  
  32. ^ "Saint Petersburg to host 2013 SportAccord Convention". Retrieved 15 June 2015. 
  33. ^ Around the Rings Special Edition about 2013 SportAccord Convention
  34. ^ "SportAccord convention 2013 draws record attendance". Retrieved 15 June 2015. 
  35. ^ "Conferences Convention - SportAccord 2014 to Turkey". Retrieved 15 June 2015. 
  36. ^ "Dates for 2015 SportAccord International Convention in Sochi announced". Retrieved 15 June 2015. 
  37. ^ "Sochi to host 2015 SportAccord International Convention". Retrieved 15 June 2015. 
  38. ^ Proper reference needed here (Just a news blip for now)

External links

  • Official web site of SportAccord
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