During its first meeting in 2019, the Council of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) today discussed important matters related to International Federations’ (IF) governance, the future of global sport, the role of IFs, the fight against doping and Olympic Games preparations, all of which are of high relevance to its member federations.
ASOIF President Francesco Ricci Bitti said on this occasion: “In our fast evolving world, all sports governing bodies are under increased pressure to remain relevant, be ready to adjust and embrace new trends. For ASOIF it is therefore critical to challenge our thinking, encourage our members to challenge their own and offer solutions on how to remain fit for purpose. That’s our mission for 2019.”
With ASOIF’s new Governance Support and Monitoring Unit (GSMU) up and running, the Council learnt that the new body has already advised a number of member IFs in relation to governance best practices including election rules, Nomination Committees, harassment issues and term limits. The GSMU is also in the process of developing a risk management analysis of IFs from a financial perspective. In addition, ASOIF’s Governance Task Force will soon revise the IF self-assessment questionnaire ahead of conducting the third assessment of IF governance which will be published at the 2020 ASOIF General Assembly.
The Council members were also updated on ASOIF’s “The Future of Global Sport” project, which looks at the speed of change impacting sport from political, social, technological and economic influences. The objective is to enable IFs to have an adequate understanding of what the future may look like when they take decisions with long-term impacts. The Council agreed to launch the full report in the coming weeks. In parallel, ASOIF has set up a dedicated working group which is looking specifically into reinforcing the recognition of IF’s role among public authorities, in particular when it comes to governing the global sport, sport development and organising competitions.
It was also reported that the International Testing Agency (ITA) established last year, is already partnering with 19 of ASOIF’s member federations on one or more areas of their anti-doping programme.
The Council also heard a report about the debrief of the 2018 Youth Olympic Games (YOG), aimed at evaluating the event and capturing the key lessons learnt, particularly in view of formulating recommendations that can be implemented for the Dakar 2022 Youth Olympic Games.
The next ASOIF Council meeting will be held on 5 May 2019 in Gold Coast, Australia, two days ahead of the General Assembly. The General Assembly will see the election of three ASOIF Council members. The terms of current Council members Marisol Casado as well as José Perurena will come to an end. In addition, there will be a need to fill the position of Patrick Baumann following his sudden, tragic passing last year during the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires.