The Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) announced today that progress has been achieved towards the goal of improved governance standards for its member International Federations (IFs). Following the creation of the ASOIF Governance Taskforce in November 2015 and the approval of the group’s report at the ASOIF General Assembly in April 2016, each IF was asked to complete a detailed questionnaire. IFs were requested to outline the current state of their governance including compliance with the Olympic Charter, WADA Code and other IOC Code of Conduct matters and five key principles including transparency, integrity, democracy, development/solidarity and control mechanisms. The questionnaire was distributed in November 2016 with a submission date of 27 January 2017. Twenty-four questionnaires have been received with the remaining four IFs expected to report over the next few days.
ASOIF President Francesco Ricci Bitti said: “This response from our member IFs and their commitment to improving governance is gratifying and I am very proud of the effort that has gone into this project so far.” He added: “ASOIF took this on because it was apparent that all of our members are committed to improved governance by analysing their model to see what upgrades and amendments are required. The Summer IFs take their leadership role very seriously and an important part of this is to ensure a culture of good governance and transparency across all federations.”
The next steps are to analyse the data and present a preliminary report at the ASOIF General Assembly in Aarhus, Denmark on 4 April 2017 and then work with each IF to upgrade and improve their respective governance model. ASOIF is committed to ensuring that the governance of IFs continues to be fit for purpose.