With a number of important meetings lining up alongside SportAccord, to be held in Gold Coast, Queensland (Australia) from 5 to 10 May, it promises to be busy days ahead for ASOIF.
Gatherings will kick off with the ASOIF Council meeting on 5 May 2019. Council will prepare the items to be discussed by the ASOIF General Assembly which will convene two days later, on 7 May.
ASOIF’s report on the “Future of Global Sport”, which was launched in February this year, will be discussed in detail during the General Assembly. The report aggregates the thoughts of key influencers and leaders from a variety of backgrounds related to sport, business and government laying out a vision for the future of sport over the next 20 years, including key recommendations for the International Federations (IFs) and for ASOIF itself.
The outcomes of the report have confirmed the urgent need to reinforce the role of IFs, as the interactions with both public authorities and private business continue to grow. This is particularly important in Europe where the majority of IFs are headquartered. The General Assembly will discuss some concrete suggestions for IF commitments and, in return, the urgent need of more recognition and consideration by the European Union (EU).
Another topic closely linked to the report on the Future of Global Sport and on the agenda of the General Assembly is IF governance. In particular, ASOIF members will be updated on the work of the Governance Support & Monitoring Unit (GSMU) and the upcoming third governance review to be conducted between late 2019 and early 2020.
Other key points on the agenda include:
- Report from the IOC;
- report from the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee;
- report from the Paris 2024 Organising Committee;
- presentation from WADA;
- and election of three ASOIF Council Members.
The General Assembly will be livestreamed on YouTube. After the meeting, ASOIF will organise a media briefing with President Francesco Ricci Bitti and Executive Director Andrew Ryan.
Other meetings scheduled next week are an ASOIF working meeting with the member federations on 6 May, to discuss practical aspects related to the Youth Olympic Games 2022 in Dakar, Senegal; and a joint meeting with the IOC will be held on 8 May to address the outcomes of the General Assembly.
Images of the General Assembly and other ASOIF meetings will be available on Flickr.