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About ASOIF

ASOIF's Mission

ASOIF’s mission is to unite, promote and support the Summer Olympic International Federations (IFs); to preserve their autonomy, while co-ordinating their common interests and goals.


ASOIF's Role

ASOIF’s role is to serve and represent the Summer Olympic IFs in the most competent, articulate and professional manner on issues of common interest in the Summer Olympic Games and the Olympic Movement, and on any other matter deemed necessary by the IFs.

Mission of the International Federations

The IFs have the responsibility and duty to manage and to monitor the everyday running of the world's various sports disciplines, including the practical organisation of events during the Olympic Games, and the supervision of the development of athletes practising these sports at every level. Each IF governs its sport at world level and ensures its promotion and development. They monitor the everyday administration of their sports and guarantee the regular organisation of competitions as well as respect for the rules of fair play.

 

On 30 May 1983...

...the 21 International Federations governing the sports included at the time on the programme of the 1984 Summer Olympic Games decided to form the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations - ASOIF.

ASOIF was formed, as stated in the first article of its constitution 'to co-ordinate and to defend the common interests of its members' and to 'ensure close co-operation between its members, and members of the Olympic Movement and other organisations'. These needs were identified in order to preserve the unity of the Olympic movement while maintaining 'the authority, independence and autonomy of the member International Federations'.

The members of ASOIF have since grown to 28 International Federations and five Associate Member International Federations (sports which are on the Olympic Programme of Tokyo 2020). 

All members come together once a year in a General Assembly. The General Assembly usually precedes a joint meeting between the Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee and the International Federations where a multitude of topics are discussed in the common interests of the Olympic Movement.

ASOIF is governed by an executive body, the Council, which consists of eight individual members, all of which are leaders of Summer Olympic International Federations, and the ASOIF Executive Director.

The ASOIF administration is presently located in Lausanne and is lead by the ASOIF Executive Director.