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21 Nov 2017

Governance tops agenda of ASOIF Council meeting

During its meeting held in Lausanne today, the Council of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) considered the results of the first phase of the governance assessment and agreed to establish a Governance Monitoring Unit (GMU). The GMU will guide International Federations (IFs) on governance matters by monitoring their activity in order to provide corrective action reports. This initiative marks the next phase in the IF governance project which has been driven by ASOIF’s Governance Taskforce (GTF) during the last two years.

Under the stewardship of the GTF, ASOIF conducted a governance review of its 28 IF members between November 2016 and April 2017 in the form of a detailed self-assessment questionnaire with independent moderation by a sports governance consultancy. The exercise will be repeated with a new questionnaire which has been updated based on experience and feedback with a view to measuring progress since the first assessment.  It will be sent to all ASOIF members on 23 November 2017 with the request to complete it by 19 January 2018. The second governance report will be presented to the ASOIF General Assembly in Bangkok in April 2018.
ASOIF President Francesco Ricci Bitti, who led the meeting, said: “I am delighted about the Council’s green light regarding the creation of a Governance Monitoring Unit. Such a body will enable us to assess IFs more deeply against an agreed framework and provide them with permanent assistance in improving their governance. We have already begun discussing this project with the IOC.”  
The Council received the formal resignation of CK Wu as ASOIF Vice President and Council member after stepping down as President of AIBA.  In accordance with the ASOIF statutes, the Council elected World Archery President Uğur Erdener as ASOIF Vice President and an election to replace CK Wu for the remainder of his term as a member of ASOIF Council will be held during the next ASOIF General Assembly in April 2018.
Other items under discussion included the research scope of the ASOIF study into the vital, day-to-day role that IFs play in governing their respective sports at a global level; the preparations for the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020 and the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires 2018; the role of the new Independent Testing Agency for anti-doping; progress on the IOC-led Sports Data Warehouse project; and a new IOC toolkit, aimed at helping IFs and other stakeholders to endorse and implement athlete-safeguarding policies and procedures to protect athletes from harassment and abuse.

ASOIF will hold its next Council meeting in March 2018 in Lausanne.