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15 Jul 2016

Strong participation of Olympic International Federations in Sports Data Workshop

At a dedicated Workshop organised from 12 to 13 July 2016 in Lausanne, representatives from the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Summer and Winter Olympic International Federations (IFs), the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and other sports organisations as well as technology experts discussed the way forward for the Sports Data project.

Initiated by ASOIF, this project is aimed at creating a unique sporting database containing historical and near-to-live results, athlete biographies and future calendar data. In a move to widen the scope of the initiative and extend it to the wider Olympic Movement, the IOC, in agreement with ASOIF and facilitated by the Olympic Channel, recently took over the coordination of the platform.

The IOC President nominated last week the Steering Committee for the Project and asked IOC Executive Board Member Juan Antonio Samaranch to lead that group of experts. ASOIF President Francesco Ricci Bitti and AIOWF President Gian-Franco Kasper have been nominated Vice-Chairs. IOC Member Kirsty Coventry, Austria's NOC President Karl Stoss, World Sailing CEO Andy Hunt and Jake Wilkins from the New Zealand Olympic Committee will be joining that Steering Committee. In addition Andrew Ryan, Sarah Lewis and Jochen Färber will be coordinating the work between the Federations and the IOC as Ex-Officio Members.
ASOIF will remain closely involved in and supportive of the project implementation. Therefore, this week’s Workshop, organised by the IOC, was attended by both the ASOIF President as well as the ASOIF Executive Director.

Following the discussions, ASOIF President Francesco Ricci Bitti said: “I was delighted that nearly 50 delegates from Summer and Winter Olympic IFs attended the two-day data project workshop in Lausanne. This demonstrates that IFs clearly recognise the great strategic value in holding good quality data and the opportunities that data presents in a rapidly changing world.”

He added: “The idea of a unique Olympic sport database was first initiated by ASOIF and the discussions were of great value in helping the IOC define the next phase for the wider Olympic Movement. We know that IFs are the most reliable source for such data and they will continue to have a vital operational and governance role as the project evolves.”

The Sports Data Workshop provided an opportunity for the wider Olympic Movement to get a full understanding of the technology, content and legal aspects of the project, ensure alignment of different stakeholders involved and agree on roles, responsibilities as well as key principles of the “operating model”. Participants also learnt about important synergies with the IOC’s Olympic Channel project.