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ASOIF
07 Mar 2018

Fight against doping and IF governance remain top priorities for ASOIF in 2018

During its first meeting in 2018, the Council of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) today discussed anti-doping efforts and operations of the International Testing Agency (ITA), the second review of International Federation (IF) governance led by ASOIF’s Governance Taskforce (GTF) and the role of IFs in the preparations of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

It was confirmed that the fight against doping and the evolution of IF governance processes will remain top priorities for ASOIF in 2018. ASOIF strongly supported the creation of the new International Testing Agency (ITA) and encourages IFs to join the ITA. This new body will provide doping controls and other services to IFs and Major Event Organisations that wish to delegate their anti-doping programmes to a body that operates independently from sports organisations and national interests. The ASOIF Council welcomed the recent appointment of Benjamin Cohen as Director General as an important step which will speed up ITA’s operational readiness in the coming months.

The Council also learnt about the latest developments in the second review of IF governance led by ASOIF’s Governance Taskforce (GTF). All ASOIF members submitted the questionnaire by mid-February 2018 and a detailed report outlining the key findings and the evolution since the first assessment last year will be presented to the ASOIF General Assembly next month in Bangkok, Thailand. The GTF is also preparing the creation of the Governance Monitoring Unit (GMU) which was approved by the ASOIF Council in November 2017. The GMU will guide IFs on governance matters by monitoring their activity in order to provide corrective action reports.

ASOIF President Francesco Ricci Bitti said after today’s Council meeting: “Clearly, a unified, efficient fight against doping and improving governance in sport remain pressing issues. We will continue to support the functioning of the ITA which should be an important asset to IFs. Meanwhile our governance project keeps advancing and I am very delighted that all our members, including our new associate members, participated in the second assessment round.”

Looking ahead to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the Council discussed the IFs’ role in the preparations of the event. During the last meeting of the IOC Coordination Commission in Tokyo in December 2017, it was reiterated that sport must be at the heart of all Games planning. To make this happen, IFs should play a greater role with their strong experience harnessed more effectively. This needs to be implemented in close collaboration with the Tokyo 2020 Sports Department and based on Sports Delivery Plans (SDPs) developed for each sport.
 
Another item on today’s Council agenda included the Sports Data Warehouse, previously known as the IF Data Project. Launched by ASOIF in 2013, the project aims to establish better ownership and control of IF sports data and to improve data standards amongst ASOIF members, in particular for the Olympic Games. In 2016, the IOC took over the project lead in order to build synergies with the newly created Olympic Channel. The aim is to use the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games as a first test event for the system, in order to have the platform operational for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

In addition, the Council welcomed the election of Nenad Lalovic, President of United World Wrestling (UWW), as the ASOIF representative to the IOC Executive Board (EB) for a four-year term of office.

The next ASOIF Council meeting will be held on 15 April 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand, two days ahead of the General Assembly, which will take place at the same location alongside the SportAccord Convention.