ASOIF President Francesco Ricci Bitti represented the Summer Olympic International Federations (IFs) at the Olympic Summit, held on 8 December 2018 in Lausanne. Organised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and chaired by its President Thomas Bach, the meeting convened the leading representatives of the Olympic Movement to discuss pressing topics in sport.
Sebastian Coe, President of the IAAF and Morinari Watanabe, President of the FIG participated as IF representatives, whereas Uğur Erdener, President of WA, attended in his role of IOC Vice-President. Nenad Lalovic, President of UWW, joined the Summit as IOC Executive Board Member.
Under the topic of Olympic Agenda 2020, Francesco Ricci Bitti presented an update on ASOIF’s ongoing governance project. The ASOIF President explained that the role and mission of international sports organisations has significantly evolved in recent years. Tasked originally with governing, ruling and developing their sports and competitions, IFs nowadays also need to look after important aspects such as commercial delivery, media operations, technical innovation and the protection of sports integrity, all of which require enhanced governance across the organisation.
The ASOIF Governance Task Force (GTF), which has been active for three years now, helps IFs to remain fit for purpose and promote a culture of good governance within their structures. It has conducted governance reviews of each of its members and many IFs improved their marks from the first to the second edition. However, the results also showed that there are large variations between the best performing IFs and the others and more remains to be done. Therefore a new Governance Support and Monitoring Unit (GSMU) went operational recently, which was welcomed by the Olympic Summit. It complements the GTF’s work by helping IFs evolve from the adoption of principles and rules to tangible performances in good governance. The new unit focuses on recommending concrete action, especially to IFs having difficulties introducing governance reforms.
The Summit also welcomed the announcement by the GAISF that it had initiated a good governance project for non-Olympic sports federations, based on the ASOIF model.
Other key areas under discussion at today’s Olympic Summit included the Athletes’ Rights and Responsibilities Declaration; progress in making the anti-doping system independent of sporting organisations and national interests – including the progress of the International Testing Agency; and multi-sports events and the sports calendar.
Read the full IOC communiqué here.