With the COVID-19 currently causing considerable disruption in many parts of the world, including Switzerland, ASOIF has taken the decision to postpone its General Assembly to November. The annual gathering of all ASOIF member federations was scheduled to take place in Lausanne on 21 April during the SportAccord World Sport and Business Summit 2020. The Summit was cancelled on Saturday, after the Canton of Vaud, where Lausanne is located, imposed a ban on events involving more than 50 people under emergency measures in effect at least until 30 April 2020. The ASOIF General Assembly, which gathers more than 100 people, would exceed this number. The ASOIF Council agreed to postpone the General Assembly until later in the year.
ASOIF President Francesco Ricci Bitti said: “In solidarity with all efforts to restrict the spread of the virus we should do everything possible to reschedule such meetings until later in the year. Everyone’s health is most important now.”
The annual gathering of all ASOIF member federations is now likely to be held in conjunction with the IF Forum, scheduled for 4-6 November 2020 and organised by SportAccord. ASOIF is in contact with all relevant stakeholders to organise a coordinated set of meetings and save unnecessary travel and hotel costs for the participants.