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15 Apr 2018

ASOIF Council meets ahead of General Assembly

The Council of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) met today in Bangkok, Thailand, to prepare the items, which will be discussed by the ASOIF General Assembly on 17 April 2018. Key points on the agenda include: IF governance and the presentation of the results of the second IF governance review; ASOIF project on the Role of the IFs & Future of Global Sport; report from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on matters related to the IFs and the Olympic Games; report from the Tokyo Organising Committee for the Olympic Games in 2020; update on the Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games in 2018; presentation from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA); revision of ASOIF Statutes; and election of one ASOIF Council Member.

ASOIF President Francesco Ricci Bitti, who led today’s Council meeting, said: “Our agenda for this year’s General Assembly promises interesting discussions. Governance remains a top priority. We will present the results of the second IF governance review, based on the replies recently submitted by our members, including the five new Associate members. We will share in which specific areas progress was made since the first review, identify remaining challenges and put forward concrete proposals on how to address them.”

The full report of the second governance review will be published on on the day of the General Assembly.

President Ricci Bitti also presented to the Council the new ASOIF project on the “Role of the IFs & Future of Global Sport” for approval. With pressures from governments, public opinion, media and business interests, ASOIF has initiated a long-term study to examine the future role of IFs in sport and gain agreement on their status and responsibility in the future sports landscape between the interested stakeholders, particularly the public authorities at national and regional levels and business. The same study will also look at the speed of change impacting sport from political, social, technological and economic influences. ASOIF believes that IFs need to have an adequate understanding of what the future may look like when making decisions in a sports context, which will often affect them in the long term, e.g. when it comes to contracts with broadcasters and sponsors. 

The meeting of the ASOIF General Assembly will be open to media accredited for SportAccord Convention.