The Power of Sport to Drive World Health will be the focus of the 10th edition of the International Federation (IF) Forum, to be held from 9 to 11 November in Lausanne, Switzerland. IOC President Thomas Bach will open the event together with ASOIF and SportAccord Convention President Francesco Ricci Bitti, SportAccord President Patrick Baumann and Member of the Lausanne Town Council and Director of Sport and Social Cohesion, Oscar Tosato.
ASOIF will use the event as an opportunity to present its latest research into anti-doping related processes and expenditure by IFs. During the forum’s opening session, Margo Mountjoy, Chair of ASOIF’s Medical and Scientific Consultative Group, will introduce the results of a survey covering all 28 Summer Olympic IFs. The outcomes will give a clear indication as to how the money of IFs is spent globally on fulfilling their obligations under the WADA Code and more specifically on what aspects within anti-doping the money is spent on. They are also expected to influence ongoing discussions about the potential creation of an independent body for testing.
In addition, ASOIF will present research into activities and priorities by its international member federations with respect to athlete health and safety as well as to global health. The results will serve to direct and frame the activities of ASOIF, the IFs and the IOC in this field.
In anticipation of the forum, Francesco Ricci Bitti said: "The IF Forum has always provided an ideal opportunity for Olympic and non-Olympic International Sport Federations to meet and share ideas on pressing topics. In the light of the ongoing discussions about the effectiveness of the fight against doping, protecting athletes’ health is clearly at the top of our agenda. At the same time we must not forget the important role IFs can play in promoting active lifestyles among the wider population. I believe, with this year’s programme we have found a good balance in addressing both, health in elite sport as well as at recreational level.”
Last year’s IF Forum focused on governance and resulted in ASOIF setting up a Governance Taskforce, mandated with helping international federations to promote and ensure a culture of good governance within their structures. Since then, this Taskforce has developed a full set of governance principles and indicators tailored to the specific characteristics and needs of sport organisations which was accepted by the ASOIF membership at their General Assembly in April this year. Next week, ASOIF will send a survey to all Summer Olympic IFs in order to jointly evaluate the current status of each member against the five principles and 50 indicators.
Read here the full programme.