CSIT – International Workers and Amateurs in Sports Confederation

The CSIT – International Workers and Amateurs in Sports Confederation (French: CSIT - Confédération Sportive Internationale Travailliste et Amateur, CSIT) is an international multi-sports organization. The organization was established as the successor to Socialist Workers' Sport International and as such celebrated its centenary in 2013. The core principles of contributing to physical activity and sports have stayed in its action policy: it is a right of men and women to do sports no matter what are their professionalism levels. The key concept of the CSIT's sport policy has always been "Sports for all". – The policy stems from the historic ideas of the international worker sport movement.

CSIT - International Workers and Amateurs in Sports Confederation (French: Confédération Sportive Internationale Travailliste et Amateur)
CSIT Logo.svg
Founded at10.5.1913 in Gent, Belgium
PurposeSport for All
  • Vienna, Austria
Secretary General
Wolfgang Burghardt
Bruno Molea

Nowadays, the main activities of CSIT consist of organizing the major and small sports events for amateurs, more precisely CSIT World Sports Games and CSIT Single Championships - games for amateurs and workers, competitive and non-competitive, for young and old, men and women from all over the world. Sports events are considered as festivals of friendship, cultural exchange, events promoting awareness of tolerance, respect, unity, sustainability and fair play in sport environment addressed to unlimited size of participants; all those major and small events welcome the CSIT members, other non-member organizations, cooperation partners, governmental bodies, trade unions and business companies with sports activities for employees and amateurs worldwide.

Within the world of international sport, the CSIT maintains its support for everyone to benefit from sporting activities regardless of their qualifications, talent, nationality, age, sex and social background.

International Co-operationEdit

The CSIT actually works in good co-operation with the IOC (International Olympic Committee), GAISF & SportAccord (United Sports Federations), ICSSPE (International Council of Sport and Physical Education), EFPM (European Fair Play Movement), ISCA (International Sport and Culture Association), WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency),  TAFISA (The Association for International Sport for All), FICEP (Fédération Internationale Catholique Education Physique et Sportive), AISTS (International Academy of Sport Science and Technology), IWG (International Working Group on Women and Sport), FICS (The International Federation of Sports Chiropractic), P.I. (Panathlon International) and ENGSO (European Non-Governmental Sports Organisation).[1]

Fields of activityEdit

The main fields of the CSIT activities are as follows:

  • International Amateur in Sports Championships (CSIT World Sports Games). The main activity of CSIT. The championships are not games for professional top athletes, but for all workers and amateurs from different countries and cultures all over the world. The main aim is not only to organize a sport competition, but also to gather sports friends as a worldwide family to bring about lifelong friendships, intercultural exchange and unity in sport.
  • CSIT Single Championships. Besides the World Sports Games, CSIT organises championships in single sports all over the world: beach volleyball, swimming, chess, tennis, etc.
  • Sports for All Activities: Sports for Elderly People (Seniors 55+) The task is to organize events also for elderly ones by gathering them to the following experiences: to practice and discovery of specific sports and physical activities, the exchange of training programs and knowledge relating to these and the exchange about culture, tourism and way of life of each country. Sports for disabled people Starting from World Sport Games 2021 in Cervia, CSIT has the intention to include the sports for disabled (for now only to demonstrate and promote). The strategy of implementing this is to merge the athletes without any disabilities together with disabled into teams, therefore fostering the idea of inclusion, unity and tolerance in sports. The pilot project will include futsal, basketball and volleyball.[2]
  • YOUAca – Preparatory works for Youth Academy of Grassroots Sport. Currently, in sport organization at grassroots level, there are more adults and seniors than young people, who usually don’t have the real opportunity to improve their skills in order to build their path into the sport’s sector. From the other side, since there is a lack of young people sport organizations at the club level, at national level, but also at the European level, the policymakers are getting older and decision making becomes more bureaucratic. In order to improve the situation, the partnership of 4 National sports organisations coordinated by CSIT intends to put into place preparatory works for starting up the Academy of Grassroots Sport for Young Leaders.[3] Currently, the YOUAca project is running on its second edition (YOUAca 2.0.) with 5 nations participating: Italy (AICS), Spain (UCEC), Croatia (Health Life Academy), Finland (TUL), Estonia (Kalev). In its third edition YOUAca is planned to be renamed to YOU.Lead.[4]
  • Bridges - building integration and solidarity between "old" and "new" citizens (local inhabitants and immigrants from different countries). The main aim is to create inclusive local communities and enhance solidarity. This communication should create and foster a positive perception of migration (instead of existing "immigrants invasion" theory) and intercultural dialogue. The duration of the project is from January 2019 until June 2021 with Austria, Greece, Croatia, Italy and Spain participating.

Relevant activities and experiencesEdit

The achievement of the following aims is the most important task of the CSIT:

  • to bring together workers and amateur sports organizations of the entire world and to promote the foundation of new organizations,
  • to co-operate with international organizations with the same goals and values,
  • to support member organizations with their tasks and activities in all the fields of sport and physical culture, also through agreements with international organizations and authorities,
  • to promote all activities that aim to improve the practice of sports by human beings of two sexes considering their age and their physical aptitudes in order to protect and improve their health;
  • to achieve the aims by respecting the amateur status of athletes, the values of amateurism and the educational values of sport,
  • to encourage to practice sport and physical activity in nature while considering the protection of the environment,
  • to use sport as a means to promote peace and mutual understanding among people and to contribute to development of the world of social associations at any level,
  • to sustain cultural advancement and to improve health including psychophysical conditions of the member unions as well as its individual members.


The objectives of the CSIT are conducted in praxis by clearly defined pillars. They are the CSIT World Sports Games, the CSIT Single Championships, the International Tournaments, the International Festivals, the Sport for All-activities, the International Projects and the Health, Recreation and Fitness Activities, as well as EU-funded projects: YOUAca (Youth Academy of Grassroots Sport) and Bridges (intercultural exchange between old and new members of local communities).


The CSIT has the following members and candidates as of November 2020 :[5]

Country Member Membership
  Algeria Federation Algerienne Sport et Travail Full or associate
 Americas Confederação Pan-Americana de Desporto do Trabalhador (Sub)-continental
  Angola Union Nationale des Travailleurs Angolais Full or associate
  Austria Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Sport und Körperkultur in Österreich [de] Full or associate
MAMANET Austria Candidate
  Belgium Association Francophone du Sport Travailliste Belge Full or associate
FROS Multisport Vlaanderen vzw Full or associate
Vlaamse Vechtsport Associatie Full or associate
  Bulgaria Bulgarian Workers' Federation "Sport and Health" Full or associate
  Cameroon Association Sportive Travailliste du Cameroun Candidate
  China China Workers' Center for International Exchanges Full or associate
  Croatia Health Life Academy Candidate
  Cyprus Pancyprian Worker's Sport Club of Cyprus Full or associate
  Denmark Dansk Arbejder Idraetsforbund Full or associate
  Estonia Estonian Sports Association 'Jõud' Full or associate
Estonian Sports Association Kalev Full or associate
  Finland Suomen Työväen Urheiluliitto Full or associate
  France Fédération française du sport travailliste [fr] Full or associate
Fédération sportive et gymnique du travail [fr] Full or associate
  Germany Rad- und Kraftfahrerbund "Solidarität" Deutschland 1896 e.V. Full or associate
  Greece Hellenic Organization for Company Sport & Health Candidate
  India Indian Dr. BR Ambedkar Sports Foundation Candidate
  Iran Federation of Amateur & Workers Sports of Iran Full or associate
  Iraq Iraqi Companies Sport Federation Candidate
  Ireland Athletic Association of Ireland Full or associate
  Israel Hapoel Sport Association Full or associate
  Italy Associazione di Cultura Sport e Tempo Libero Full or associate
Associazione Italiana Cultura Sport Full or associate
Centro Nazionale Sportivo Libertas Candidate
Federazione Italiana Sport Acrobatici e Coreografici Candidate
Centro Sportivo Educativo Nationale Candidate
  Kosovo Kosova Workers Sports Federation Candidate
  Latvia Latvian Sport for All Association Full or associate
  Lithuania Lithuanian Sports Society "ZALGIRIS" Full or associate
  Malta Malta Sports For All Candidate
  Mexico Instituto del Deporte de los Trabajadores Full or associate
  Netherlands Nederland Culturelle Sportbond Full or associate
  Peru Asociacion Deportiva Peruana de los Trabajadores (ADEPET) Candidate
  Portugal Fundação INATEL [pt] Full or associate
Federação Portuguesa de Lohan Tao Kempo [] Candidate
  Russia Russian Sport Association "Atom-sport" Full or associate
  Slovenia Union of Amateur and Workers Sports of Slovenia Full or associate
  South Korea Korea Office Worker Sports Committee Candidate
  Spain Unió de Consells Esportius de Catalunya Full or associate
   Switzerland Schweizerischer Arbeiter-Turn- und Sportverband [de] Full or associate
FederSwiss - Sport for all Candidate
  Tunisia Organisation Nationale Culture Sport et Travail Full or associate
Fédération Tunisienne Sport et Travail Full or associate
  Turkey Turkish Sports for All Federation Full or associate

Partners and networksEdit

CSIT World Sports Games - A New Brand of the CSITEdit

The "World Sports Games" are the main highlight and a new Brand of the CSIT. It is a unique major sports event for thousands of workers and amateurs every two years where the incomparable "Spirit of CSIT" can be experienced. This experience started in 2008 in Rimini, Italy, and as of November 2020, already had 6 editions: in Italy, Estonia, Bulgaria, Latvia and Spain. The 7th edition of CSIT World Sports Games is to be held in Cervia, Italy. The CSIT World Sports Games are the successor major sports events of the International Workers' Olympiads.

Edition Year City Country
1 [6] 2008 Rimini   Italy
2 [7] 2010 Tallinn   Estonia
3 [8] 2013 Varna   Bulgaria
4 [9] 2015 Lignano   Italy
5 [10] 2017 Rīga   Latvia
6 [11] 2019 Tortosa   Spain
7 2021 Cesenatico & Cervia   Italy
2017 Medal Table
1  Austria15812786371
2  Netherlands767262210
3  Russia449457
4  Israel364438118
5  Brazil274231100
6  Iran2691045
7  Finland24253887
8  France20353489
9  Mexico19111343
10  Italy1712938
11  Belgium173222
12  Latvia13262766
13  Ireland103518
14  Belgium271019
15  Bulgaria2305
16   Switzerland2237
17  Slovenia2002
19  France1416
20  Portugal1045
21  Estonia1001
22  Estonia0437
23  Spain0325
24  Great Britain0213
25  Denmark0123
26  Cyprus0112
27  Algeria0101
29  France0011
  Great Britain0011
Totals (30 nations)5004473881335
Source: [12]
  • some of country have more than one team.

Sports (2017)Edit

15 official CSIT championships and 8 demonstration sport:[13]

Individual SportsEdit

Team SportsEdit

Demonstration SportsEdit

  1. O-Sport
  2. Bowling
  3. Wheel Gymnastics
  4. YOU.FO
  5. Street Workout
  6. Crossminton
  7. Darts
  8. Streetball (3 on 3)
  • others : Spikeball, Kubb, Body Art, Zumba, Capoeira, Arm wrestling, Table hockey, Kendo, Lacrosse, Croquet, Archery, Novuss, Orienteering, Karate (All Style), Sambo.


  1. ^ "About us". www.csit.tv. Retrieved 2020-09-30.
  2. ^ travail, CSIT-Confédération sportive internationale du. "Parasport Pilot Project". www.csit.tv. Retrieved 2020-12-01.
  3. ^ "About – www.youaca.eu" (in Italian). Retrieved 2020-09-30.
  4. ^ travail, CSIT-Confédération sportive internationale du. "YOU-Lead Young Leaders family is getting bigger". www.csit.tv. Retrieved 2020-11-25.
  5. ^ "Member Unions / Unions Membres". CSIT. Retrieved 3 August 2019.
  6. ^ Rimini 2008
  7. ^ Tallinn 2010
  8. ^ Varna 2013
  9. ^ Lignano 2015
  10. ^ Rīga 2017
  11. ^ http://www.csit.tv/en/newsshow-thank-you-riga-see-you-in-tortosa
  12. ^ "RESULTS – World Sports Games 2017". wsg2017.com. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-12-28. Retrieved 2017-08-07.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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