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Summer Olympic sports look to improve governance at SportAccord

Summer Olympic sports look to improve governance at SportAccord
April 16, 2018

Governance issues impacting summer Olympic international sports federations are at the top of the agenda at the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) general assembly being held in the Thai capital of Bangkok this week.

Being held as part of SportAccord 2018, the ASOIF general assembly, which includes presidents and secretaries general of Olympic summer sports, is considering the fallout from the mismanagement and corruption problems that have plagued world athletics governing body IAAF, world football governing body FIFA and world amateur boxing body AIBA in the past couple of years.

Aiming to improve governance, the meeting of ASOIF’s 33 member federations will condsider a report based on responses from a questionnaire submitted earlier this year to all sports on the Tokyo 2020 program.

With the report expected to outline key findings and plot the next steps in the project, the ASOIF general assembly is also to receive updates on the creation of a governance monitoring unit and from Tokyo 2020 organisers.

Speaking after an ASOIF Council meeting on Monday in Bangkok, ASOIF President Francesco Ricci Bitti said the annual meeting agenda “promises interesting discussions” with governance a “top priority”.

Commenting on the evaluation of federations’ governance, Ricci added “we will share in which specific areas progress was made since the first review, identify remaining challenges and put forward concrete proposals on how to address them.”

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will also give a report on matters related to international federations and the Olympic Games, with special emphasis on Tokyo 2020.

The greater responsibilities given to summer international federations in shaping preparations for the Tokyo Olympics will also be scrutinised as part of the ongoing push by the IOC to expand the role of international federations in Games planning.

With pressures from governments, public opinion, media and business interests, ASOIF has initiated a long-term study to examine the future role of international federations in sport. It wants to gain agreement on their status and responsibility in the future sports landscape between the interested stakeholders, particularly the public authorities at national and regional levels and business.

In a statement issued today, ASOIF advised “the same study will also look at the speed of change impacting sport from political, social, technological and economic influences.

“ASOIF believes that IFs (international federations) need to have an adequate understanding of what the future may look like when making decisions in a sports context, which will often affect them in the long term, e.g. when it comes to contracts with broadcasters and sponsors.”

With just months to go to the Buenos Aires Youth Olympics, Games organisers are also in the Thai capital to talk about the fine-tuning of preparations and answer federations’ questions about the event.

The fight against doping is the other key topic up for discussion. Development of the IOC’s long-awaited independent International Testing Agency, when it will begin operations and how it will service international federations’ needs is likely to become clearer by Tuesday evening.

Click here for more information on the SportAccord Convention in the Australasian Leisure Management industry Calendar.

4th April 2018 - NEW LEVELS OF ENGAGEMENT ANTICIPATED FOR SPORTACCORD 2018

10th February 2018 - INITIAL SPEAKER LINE-UP CONFIRMED FOR SPORTACCORD BANGKOK CONFERENCE 

27th November 2017 - FIRST NEW PERMANENT VENUE OPENS FOR TOKYO 2020 OLYMPICS 

6th November 2017 - IOC LOOKS TO CENTRALISE OLYMPIC GAMES TICKETING

19th June 2017 - JAPAN LOOKS TO FUTURE SPORT INDUSTRY GROWTH 

29th April 2017 - TOKYO 2020 AND RUGBY WORLD CUP 2019 ORGANISERS JOIN FORCES

2nd October 2016 - TOKYO OLYMPIC STADIUM BUILDING CONTRACT FINALLY APPROVED

23rd September 2016 - IOC PRESIDENT PROCLAIMS ‘TIME OF ASIA’ AS SPORTS MINISTERS SIGN DECLARATION IN PYEONGCHANG 

4th August 2016 - NEW SPORTS CONFIRMED FOR THE 2020 TOKYO OLYMPIC GAMES

24th October 2017 - GLOBAL MARKETING AND SPONSORSHIP GROWTH TO FEATURE AT SPORTACCORD CONVENTION 2018

15th July 2016 - BANGKOK TO HOST 2016 SPORTS INDUSTRY AWARDS & CONFERENCE

8th June 2015 - IOC SUSPENDS SPORTACCORD RECOGNITION

27th May 2015 - INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE WINS IN BATTLE WITH SPORTACCORD

8th February 2015 - NEW JAPANESE SPONSORS ENTER ASIAN SPORTS MARKET 

12th June 2013 - AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND SPORT SPONSORSHIP MARKET WORTH $927 MILLION 

20th May 2013 - AUSTRALIAN SPORT DOPING CHANGES INFLUENCING WADA

18th February 2013 - IOC CONFERENCE TO DISCUSS THE FUTURE OF WADA 

13th February 2013 - SECURING SPORT 2013 CONFERENCE TO ADDRESS INTEGRITY IN SPORT

18th December 2012 - INTERNATIONAL SPORT FEDERATIONS GENERATE $2 BILLION IN SPONSORSHIP 


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