During its first meeting in 2020, the Council of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) today discussed important matters related to the preparations of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 as well as specific projects serving its 33 member federations.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games qualification systems are coming to an end but several related events have been disrupted by the Coronavirus COVID-19. The International Federations (IFs) have been looking into different solutions to ensure that athletes are not disadvantaged in their attempts to qualify for the Games. ASOIF closely monitors the COVID-19 situation and encourages its members to follow the guidance from the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC’s) medical experts and the World Health Organization (WHO).
Meanwhile, major progress continues to be made in all areas including staffing, venue construction, competition and test event activities, and the preparations for Tokyo 2020 remain well advanced. The final visit of the IOC Coordination Commission, of which ASOIF forms part, is scheduled for 14 to 16 April.
The Council was also updated on the ongoing third IF governance review, led by ASOIF’s Governance Task Force. ASOIF member federations have filled in and submitted a self-assessment questionnaire which includes for the first time the topics of safeguarding from harassment and abuse as well as compliance with data protection.
ASOIF President Francesco Ricci Bitti explained during the meeting: “We had a very good response rate. The two-year interval since the second assessment has allowed our members time to implement more complex changes. Many of them have made significant progress. The results of this third assessment will be published at the ASOIF General Assembly next month and will include greater transparency and detail than previously.”
The Council also discussed the issue faced by athletes in obtaining visas for participation in sport events. This concerns in particular athletes coming from Africa, South America, the Middle East and developing nations who need to travel to competitions organised in western countries.
The next ASOIF Council meeting will be held on 19 April 2020 in Lausanne, Switzerland, two days ahead of the General Assembly, which will include the election for the President. The deadline for receipt of candidatures is 6 April 2020.