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Formation 1967
Type Sports organization
Headquarters Lausanne, Switzerland
92 full members and
17 associate members.
Official language
English, French
Francesco Ricci Bitti

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.[1][2] SportAccord is an international sport organisation with 92 full members (international sports federations governing specific sports worldwide) and 17 associate members (organisations which conduct activities closely related to the international sports federations).[2]

Mission and values[edit]

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, integrity, social responsibility.[2]

By establishing multi-sports games that group together similar sports, the SportAccord aims to promote the members and the members visibility.[2]

Definition of sport[edit]

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:[3]

  • 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:


SportAccord operates with two term of membership. First of the international federation can be Full Member or secondary be Associate Member of SportAccord.[4]


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.[citation needed]

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 from Monaco 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, Switzerland. Due to the growing ambitions of SportAccord, the team is continuously growing.[5]

On May 25, 2012, the last of eight days of the annual General Assembly of SportAccord in Quebec City, the Federation of International Lacrosse and the International Mind Sports Association were accepted, bringing "the number of SportAccord members to 107".[6]

On May 31, 2013, the last of eight days of the annual General Assembly of SportAccord in Saint Petersburg, the International Cheer Union and the Federation Internationale de I'Automobile were voted into SportAccord.[7]

On April 20, 2015, at SportAccord's 2015 convention in Sochi, SportAccord president Marius Vizer made a speech that was sharply critical of the IOC and its president, Thomas Bach. Following the speech, the IAAF, the ISSF, and World Archery withdrew from SportAccord in protest,[8] and there were a number of further withdrawals in May 2015 including the International Rowing Federation.[9]

Member federations[edit]

# Sport Organisation Acronym Founded Membership
1 Aikido International Aikido Federation IAF 1940
2 Air sports Fédération Aéronautique Internationale FAI 1905
3 American football International Federation of American Football IFAF 1998
4 Aquatics Federation Internationale de Natation FINA 1908
5 Archery[10] World Archery Federation WA 1931
6 Athletics[10] International Association of Athletics Federations IAAF 1912
7 Automobile Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile FIA 1904
8 Badminton Badminton World Federation BWF 1934
9 Baseball and softball World Baseball Softball Confederation WBSC 2013
10 Basketball Federation Internationale de Basketball FIBA 1932
11 Basque pelota Federación Internacional de Pelota Vasca FIPV 1929
12 Biathlon International Biathlon Union IBU 1993
13 Billiard sports World Confederation of Billiard Sports WCBS 1992
14 Bobsleigh International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation IBSF 1923
15 Bodybuilding International Federation of Bodybuilding & Fitness IFBB 1946
16 Boules Confédération Mondiale des Sports de Boules CMSB 1985
17 Bowling World Bowling WB 1952
18 Boxing International Boxing Association AIBA 1946
19 Bridge World Bridge Federation WBF 1958
20 Canoeing International Canoe Federation ICF 1946
21 Casting International Casting Sport Federation ICSF 1955
22 Cheer International Cheer Union ICU 2004
23 Chess Fédération Internationale des Échecs FIDE 1924
24 Climbing & Mountaineering Union Internationale des Associations d'Alpinisme UIAA 1932
25 Cricket International Cricket Council ICC 1909
26 Curling World Curling Federation WCF 1966
27 Cycling Union Cycliste Internationale UCI 1900
28 DanceSport World DanceSport Federation WDSF 1957
29 Darts World Darts Federation WDF 1974
30 Dragon Boat International Dragon Boat Federation IDBF 1991
31 Draughts Fédération Mondiale du Jeu de Dames FMJD 1947
32 Equestrian sports Fédération Équestre Internationale FEI 1921
33 Fencing Fédération Internationale d'Escrime FIE 1913
34 Fistball International Fistball Association IFA 1960
35 Floorball International Floorball Federation IFF 1986
36 Flying disc World Flying Disc Federation WFDF 1985
37 Football Fédération Internationale de Football Association FIFA 1904
38 Go International Go Federation IGF 1982
39 Golf International Golf Federation IGF 1958
40 Gymnastics Federation Internationale de Gymnastique FIG 1881
41 Handball International Handball Federation IHF 1946
42 Field hockey International Hockey Federation FIH 1924
43 Ice hockey International Ice Hockey Federation IIHF 1908
44 Ice stock sport International Federation Icestocksport IFI 1983?
45 Judo International Judo Federation IJF 1951
46 Ju-Jitsu Ju-Jitsu International Federation JJIF 1977
47 Karate World Karate Federation WKF 1970
48 Kendo International Kendo Federation FIK 1970
49 Kickboxing World Association of Kickboxing Organizations WAKO 1976
50 Korfball International Korfball Federation IKF 1963
51 Lacrosse Federation of International Lacrosse FIL 2008
52 Lifesaving International Life Saving Federation ILS 1993
53 Luge Fédération Internationale de Luge de Course FIL 1957
54 Minigolf World Minigolf Sport Federation WMF 1963
55 Modern pentathlon Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne UIPM 1912
56 Motorcycling Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme FIM 1904
57 Muaythai International Federation of Muaythai Amateur IFMA 1993
58 Netball International Federation of Netball Associations IFNA 1960
59 Orienteering International Orienteering Federation IOF 1961
60 Polo Federation of International Polo FIP 1983
61 Powerboating Union Internationale Motonautique UIM 1927
62 Powerlifting International Powerlifting Federation IPF 1971
63 Racquetball International Racquetball Federation IRF 1950
64 Roller sports Fédération Internationale de Roller Sports FIRS 1924
65 Rowing Fédération Internationale des Sociétés d'Aviron FISA 1892
66 Rugby union World Rugby WR 1886
67 Sailing International Sailing Federation ISAF 1907
68 Sambo Fédération Internationale de Sambo FIAS 1992
69 Savate Federation Internationale de Savate FISav 1992
70 Sepaktakraw International Sepaktakraw Federation ISTAF 1988
71 Shooting sport[10] International Shooting Sport Federation ISSF 1907
72 Skating International Skating Union ISU 1892
73 Skiing Fédération Internationale de Ski FIS 1924
74 Ski mountaineering International Ski Mountaineering Federation ISMF 2008
75 Sleddog International Federation of Sleddog Sports IFSS 1992
76 Soft tennis International Soft Tennis Federation ISTF 1999
77 Sport climbing International Federation of Sport Climbing IFSC 2007
78 Sports fishing Confédération Internationale de la Pêche Sportive CIPS 1952
79 Squash World Squash Federation WSF 1967
80 Sumo International Sumo Federation IFS 1992
81 Surfing International Surfing Association ISA 1964
82 Table tennis International Table Tennis Federation ITTF 1926
83 Taekwondo World Taekwondo Federation WTF 1973
84 Tennis International Tennis Federation ITF 1913
85 Triathlon International Triathlon Union ITU 1989
86 Tug of war Tug of War International Federation TWIF 1960
87 Underwater sports Confédération Mondiale des Activités Subaquatiques CMAS 1959
88 Volleyball Fédération Internationale de Volleyball FIVB 1947
89 Waterskiing International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation IWWF 1955
90 Weightlifting International Weightlifting Federation IWF 1905
91 Wrestling United World Wrestling UWW 1912
92 Wushu International Wushu Federation IWUF 1990
66 28 7 34 33

Associate members[edit]

List of GAISF presidents[edit]

President Member of Duration
W Berge Phillips FINA 1967–1969
Thomas Keller FISA 1969-1986
Un Yong Kim WTF 1986–2004
Hein Verbruggen UCI 2004–2013
Marius Vizer IJF 2013–present

Current organizational structure[edit]

President Vice president Vice president General director
Francesco Ricci Bitti Ron Froehlich Antonio Espinós Ortueta Vlad Marinescu

The SportAccord International Convention[edit]

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.[11]

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.[12]

SAIC Dates Host City
1st May 12–16, 2003 Madrid, Spain
2nd May 15–20, 2004 Lausanne, Switzerland (#1)[13]
3rd April 16–20, 2005 Berlin, Germany
4th April 3–7, 2006 Seoul, South Korea[14]
5th April 22–27, 2007 Beijing, China[15]
6th June 2–6, 2008 Athens, Greece[16][17][18]
7th March 23–27, 2009[19][20] Denver, United States[21][22]
8th April 20–25, 2010[23] Dubai, United Arab Emirates[24][25]
9th April 3–8, 2011[26] London, United Kingdom[27][28]
10th May 20–25, 2012[29] Quebec City, Canada[30][31]
11th May 26–31, 2013[32] Saint Petersburg, Russia[33]
12th April 6–11, 2014[34] Belek, Turkey[35]
13th April 19–24, 2015[36] Sochi, Russia[37]
14th April 17–22, 2016 Lausanne, Switzerland (#2)[38]
15th April 2–7, 2017 Aarhus, Denmark[39]

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Members". SportAccord – International Federations' Union ( 2013-07-19. Retrieved 2013-08-13.
  2. ^ a b c d "MISSION". Retrieved 15 June 2015. 
  3. ^ "Definition of Sport". SportAccord.[dead link]
  4. ^ "Associate Membership". SportAccord. 2013-07-19. Retrieved 2013-08-13.
  5. ^ "History of SportAccord". SportAccord. Retrieved 2009-10-06. 
  6. ^ "Federation of International Lacrosse and International Mind Sports Association are new SportAccord Members". SportAccord. 25 May 2012. 
  7. ^ "International Cheer Union and Federation Internationale de l'Automobile are new SportAccord Members". SportAccord. 31 May 2013. 
  8. ^ Livingstone, Robert. "SportAccord Counts Its Losses After Chief's Attack on Olympics Backfires". Retrieved 20 April 2015. 
  9. ^ "World Rowing resigns from SportAccord". insidethegames. 20 May 2015. 
  10. ^ a b c The IAAF, ISSF and World Archery Federation withdrew from SportAccord on April 20, 2015.
  11. ^ Convention History[?]. SportAccord Convention.[page needed]
  12. ^ "SportAccord International Convention". Retrieved 2011-09-16. [full citation needed]
  13. ^ "Lausanne To Host 2004 SportAccord Convention" (PDF). SportAccord. Retrieved 2011-09-20. 
  14. ^ "The World Meets In Seoul" (PDF). Around the Rings. April 2006. Retrieved 2011-09-20. 
  15. ^ "Countdown to Beijing" (PDF). Around the Rings. April 2007. Retrieved 2011-09-20. 
  16. ^ "Athens hosted the most successful edition of SportAccord". Athens Convention Bureau (English). Retrieved 2011-09-16. 
  17. ^ "SportAccord 2008 tightens focus on cities". Sport Business. Retrieved 2011-09-20. 
  18. ^ "Athens Hosts Sixth Edition of SportAccord" (PDF). Around the Rings. June 2008. Retrieved 2011-09-20. 
  19. ^ "Sportaccord 2009 Kicks Off in Denver". Around the Rings. March 23, 2009. Retrieved 2011-09-20. 
  20. ^ "Denver Global Program (in .pdf)" (PDF). SportAccord. Retrieved 2011-09-20. 
  21. ^ "Denver is first North American city to host SportAccord conference". Metro Denver. Retrieved 2011-09-16. 
  22. ^ "Around the Rings Special Edition - SportAccord Denver" (PDF). Around the Rings. March 2009. Retrieved 2011-09-20. 
  23. ^ "Dubai Global Program (in .pdf)" (PDF). SportAccord. Retrieved 2011-09-20. 
  24. ^ "Dubai to host SportAccord in 2010". Sport Business. Retrieved 2011-09-20. 
  25. ^ "Around the Rings Special Edition - Dubai" (PDF). Around the Rings. April 2010. Retrieved 2011-09-20. 
  26. ^ "Registration opens for 2011 SportAccord Convention in London". October 4, 2010. Retrieved 2011-09-20. 
  27. ^ "London To Host SportAccord Convention". London Press Service. Retrieved 2011-09-16. 
  28. ^ "Around the Rings SportAccord Special Edition" (PDF). Around the Rings. April 2011. Retrieved 2012-03-25. 
  29. ^ "SportAccord Convention Selects Iconic Quebec Hotel". Around the Rings. June 22, 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-20. 
  30. ^ "SportAccord Convention 2012 Awarded to Québec City". Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance. Retrieved 2012-04-16. 
  31. ^ "The ATR SportAccord 2012 Special Edition". Around the Rings. May 21, 2012. Retrieved 2012-06-04. 
  32. ^ "Saint Petersburg to host 2013 SportAccord Convention". Retrieved 15 June 2015. 
  33. ^ Around the Rings Special Edition about 2013 SportAccord Convention
  34. ^ "SportAccord convention 2013 draws record attendance". Retrieved 15 June 2015. 
  35. ^ "Conferences Convention - SportAccord 2014 to Turkey". Retrieved 15 June 2015. 
  36. ^ "Dates for 2015 SportAccord International Convention in Sochi announced". Retrieved 15 June 2015. 
  37. ^ "Sochi to host 2015 SportAccord International Convention". Retrieved 15 June 2015. 
  38. ^ "Where Sports Meet". Retrieved 9 April 2016. 
  39. ^ "SportAccord Convention 2017 awarded to Aarhus in Denmark". Retrieved 2016-04-19. 

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