|Membership||93 full members and
16 associate members.
|Official languages||English, French|
SportAccord is the umbrella organisation for all (Olympic and non-Olympic) international sports federations as well as organisers of multi-sports games and sport-related international associations. SportAccord is an international sport organisation with 93 full members (international sports federations governing specific sports worldwide) and 16 associate members (organisations which conduct activities closely related to the international sports federations).
Mission and values
SportAccord is the umbrella organisation for both Olympic and non-Olympic international sports federations as well as organisers of international sporting events and in this case provide expertise in for example anti-doping.
By establishing multi-sports games that group together similar sports, the SportAccord aims to promote the members and the members visibility.
Definition of sport
The SportAccord has developed a definition of sport to determine whether an applicant federation qualifies as an international sports federation.
SportAccord's definition of Sport is the following definition:
- The sport proposed should include an element of competition.
- The sport should not rely on any element of “luck” specifically integrated into the sport.
- The sport should not be judged to pose an undue risk to the health and safety of its athletes or participants.
- The sport proposed should in no way be harmful to any living creature.
- The sport should not rely on equipment that is provided by a single supplier.
SportAccord uses five categories for its member federations' sports, many of which fall into more than one category:
- Primarily physical (e.g. rugby or athletics)
- Primarily mind (e.g. chess or go)
- Primarily motorised (e.g. Formula One or powerboating)
- Primarily coordination (e.g. billiards)
- Primarily animal-supported (e.g. equestrianism)
SportAccord operates with two term of membership. First of the international federation can be 'Full Member' or secondary be 'Associate Member' of SportAccord.
The SportAccord is deeply rooted in the sports movement. As early as 1921, international sports federations (IFs) expressed the need for a representative of their common objectives and interests. Under the direction of Paul Rousseau, Secretary General of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), a permanent bureau of the IFs was established to facilitate the dialogue with the Olympic authorities.
In 1967, 26 international sports federations met in Lausanne and agreed on the need to increase permanent liaisons and the name “General Assembly of International Sports Federations” was adopted. In order to establish a more formalised organisation, the “General Association of International Sports Federations" (GAISF) was formed in 1976 and the headquarters were moved to Monaco two years later.
The new millennium brought important changes to the organisation. Reacting to the increasing pressure on IFs to professionalise and develop, GAISF in collaboration with the Associations of Summer and Winter Olympic International Federations (ASOIF and AIOWF), launched first SportAccord International Convention in 2003. At the time, this new format “by sport for sport” allows IFs and sports business to get together, share knowledge and network.
In March 2009, GAISF was rebranded SportAccord and, in the same year, its offices moved to Lausanne, the Olympic Capital. SportAccord officially adopted the mission to UNITE & SUPPORT and developed into a dynamic and active organisation which aims to serve and promote its members. Its ambition is to provide high-quality services and expertise in areas that are of high importance to its members.
Currently, SportAccord’s focus is on sports’ social responsibility, sports’ integrity, doping-free sport, digital media and multi-sports games.
As early as 1921, under the direction of Paul ROUSSEAU, Secretary General of the “Union Cycliste Internationale”, a permanent bureau of the international sports federations (IFs) was created. With regular IFs/IOC meetings taking place, dialogue with the Olympic authorities became easier. However, organisations that were not part of the Olympic movement were excluded.
In the 1960s, the sports movement evolved rapidly.
Roger Coulon, President of the “Fédération Internationale de Lutte Amateur”, was the first to express the need, for a wider recognition of the role of IFs. For non-Olympic federations, a forum which would enable them to better express their points of view was necessary. The creation of a stable organisation ensuring permanent relations between IFs appeared to be the logical continuation of the meetings which took place frequently but without rules or a fixed organisation. The common preparation of these meetings with the IOC could thus be better supported. It would also permit a constant liaison between the IFs and the outside world. In 1966, the time seemed appropriate and the convocation to the newly constituted Assembly was launched.
On 21–23 April 1967, delegates from the following 26 international sports federations met in Lausanne in the Hotel Continental: Aeronautics, Rowing, Basketball, Bobsleigh, Boules, Canoeing, Cycling, Equestrian, Fencing, Gymnastics, Handball, Hockey, Ice Hockey, Judo, Luge, Wrestling, Motorcycling, Swimming, Modern Pentathlon, Roller-Skating, Skiing, Shooting, Volleyball, Weightlifting, University Sport, and Maccabi.
The delegates agreed on the necessity to establish permanent liaisons between the IFs, for the defence of their objectives and common goals, the preservation of their autonomy and constant exchange of information. The name “General Assembly of International Sports Federations” was adopted.
In 1976, this name was replaced by “General Association of International Sports Federations” (GAISF). In 1978, the office moved from Lausanne to Monaco. GAISF represented the logical continuation of the past IFs meetings, dealing not only with Olympic matters but also with all questions of common interest for the IFs.
In 2003, in collaboration with ASOIF and AIOWF, GAISF launched the first SportAccord Convention to answer a need from the IFs, which were looking to have a “one-stop-shop”, where they could all hold their annual meetings, be encouraged to network and share their knowledge.
In March 2009, GAISF was rebranded SportAccord at the meeting of the 7th SportAccord International Convention in Denver. In April 2009, it moved its main office from Monaco to Maison du Sport International in Lausanne, Switzerlad. Due to the growing ambitions of SportAccord, the team is continuously growing.
- Commonwealth Games: Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF)
- Deaflympics: International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (CISS)
- European broadcasting: European Broadcasting Union (EBU o UER)
- World Masters Games: International Masters Games Association (IMGA)
- Mediterranean Games: International Committee of Mediterranean Games (ICMG o CIJM)
- Military World Games: Conseil International du Sport Militaire (CISM)
- World Mind Sports Games: International Mind Sports Association (IMSA)
- Panathlon: Panathlon International (PI)
- Paralympic Games: International Paralympic Committee (IPC)
- Gymnasiade: International School Sport Federation (ISF)
- Special Olympics World Games: Special Olympics (SOI)
- Sports chiropractic: Federation Internationale de Chiropratique du Sport (FICS)
- Sports facilities: International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS)
- Universiade: Federation Internationale du Sport Universitaire (FISU)
- CSIT World Sports Games: International Labour Sports Federation (CSIT)
- World Games: International World Games Association (IWGA)
List of GAISF presidents
|W Berge Phillips||FINA||1967–1969|
|Un Yong Kim||WTF||1986–2004|
Current organizational structure
|President||Vice president||Vice president||General director|
|Marius Vizer||Ron Froehlich||Antonio Espinós Ortueta||Vlad Marinescu|
The SportAccord International Convention
Originally launched in 2003, SportAccord International Convention is a gathering of more than 2,500 leading representatives from the sport industry. It offers the participants a powerful opportunity to come together on a global scale, in an exclusive and authoritative networking environment, to build relationships, share knowledge and develop ideas that will benefit the entire community.
Unlike any other event of its type, SportAccord International Convention is owned and endorsed by the sports movement itself. It was created and is owned by SportAccord, the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) and the Association of International Olympic Winter Federations (AIOWF). Over the past decade, SportAccord International Convention has become one of the key fixtures on the world-wide sporting calendar. It allows associations as well as the international sports federations to increase efficiency by holding all their annual meetings at the same time and place, and serves also as a commercial platform whereby the sports industry can have 'one-stop-shop' access to the world governing bodies of sport and their key decision-makers.
|1st||May 12–16, 2003||Madrid, Spain|
|2nd||May 15–20, 2004||Lausanne, Switzerland|
|3rd||April 16–20, 2005||Berlin, Germany|
|4th||April 3–7, 2006||Seoul, South Korea|
|5th||April 22–27, 2007||Beijing, China|
|6th||June 2–6, 2008||Athens, Greece|
|7th||March 23–27, 2009||Denver, United States|
|8th||April 20–25, 2010||Dubai, United Arab Emirates|
|9th||April 3–8, 2011||London, United Kingdom|
|10th||May 20–25, 2012||Quebec City, Canada|
|11th||May 26–31, 2013||Saint Petersburg, Russia|
|12th||April 6–11, 2014||Belek, Turkey|
- International Olympic Committee (IOC)
- Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF)
- Association of International Olympic Winter Sports Federations (AIOWF)
- Association of the IOC Recognised International Sports Federations (ARISF)
- International World Games Association (IWGA)
- List of international sport federations
- World Combat Games
- SportAccord World Mind Games
Notes and references
- Members - SportAccord – International Sports Federations. Sportaccord.com (2013-07-19). Retrieved on 2013-08-13.
- http://www.sportaccord.com/en/who-we-are/mission-and-values/ SportAccord Mission and Values.
- Definition of Sport.
- Associate membership - SportAccord – International Sports Federations. Sportaccord.com (2013-07-19). Retrieved on 2013-08-13.
- "History". Official Web site of SportAccord. Retrieved 2009-10-06.
- "International Cheer Union and Federation Internationale de l’Automobile are new SportAccord Members". SportAccord. May 31, 2013. Retrieved 2013-05-31.
- The International Baseball Federation and International Softball Federation are in the process of merging into a single governing body to be known as the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC). "New World Baseball Softball Body born at historic Tokyo Congress" (Press release). International Baseball Federation. 2013-04-14. Retrieved 2013-05-30.
- Convention History
- "SportAccord International Convention". Retrieved 2011-09-16.
- "Lausanne To Host 2004 SportAccord Convention". SportAccord. Retrieved 2011-09-20.
- "The World Meets In Seoul". Around the Rings. April 2006. Retrieved 2011-09-20.
- "Countdown to Beijing". Around the Rings. April 2007. Retrieved 2011-09-20.
- "Athens hosted the most successful edition of SportAccord". Athens Convention Bureau (English). Retrieved 2011-09-16.
- "SportAccord 2008 tightens focus on cities". Sport Business. Retrieved 2011-09-20.
- "Athens Hosts Sixth Edition of SportAccord". Around the Rings. June 2008. Retrieved 2011-09-20.
- "Sportaccord 2009 Kicks Off in Denver". Around the Rings. March 23, 2009. Retrieved 2011-09-20.
- "Denver Global Program (in .pdf)". SportAccord. Retrieved 2011-09-20.
- "Denver is first North American city to host SportAccord conference". Metro Denver. Retrieved 2011-09-16.
- "Around the Rings Special Edition - SportAccord Denver". Around the Rings. March 2009. Retrieved 2011-09-20.
- "Dubai Global Program (in .pdf)". SportAccord. Retrieved 2011-09-20.
- "Dubai to host SportAccord in 2010". Sport Business. Retrieved 2011-09-20.
- "Around the Rings Special Edition - Dubai". Around the Rings. April 2010. Retrieved 2011-09-20.
- "Registration opens for 2011 SportAccord Convention in London". london.gov.uk. October 4, 2010. Retrieved 2011-09-20.
- "London To Host SportAccord Convention". London Press Service. Retrieved 2011-09-16.
- "Around the Rings SportAccord Special Edition". Around the Rings. April 2011. Retrieved 2012-03-25.
- "SportAccord Convention Selects Iconic Quebec Hotel". Around the Rings. June 22, 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-20.
- "SportAccord Convention 2012 Awarded to Québec City". Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance. Retrieved 2012-04-16.
- "The ATR SportAccord 2012 Special Edition". Around the Rings. May 21, 2012. Retrieved 2012-06-04.
- Saint Petersburg to host 2013 SportAccord Convention
- Around the Rings Special Edition about 2013 SportAccord Convention
- SportAccord convention 2013 draws record attendance
- Belek Confirmed to host 2014 Sportaccord