Global Association of International Sports Federations

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Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF; previously 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] GAISF is an international sport organisation with 95 full members (international sports federations governing specific sports worldwide) and 20 associate members (organisations which conduct activities closely related to the international sports federations).[2]

Global Association of International Sports Federations
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Formation1967; 54 years ago (1967)
TypeSports organization
HeadquartersLausanne, Switzerland
95 full members and
20 associate members.
Official language
English, French
Raffaele Chiulli

GAISF CouncilEdit

The council is composed of a president, two vice-presidents, a treasurer and five members.

Designation Name Country Sport Federation
President Dr. Raffaele Chiulli   Italy International Powerboating Federation
Vice-President Mr. Stephan Fox   Germany/  Australia International Federation of Muaythai Amateur
Treasurer Mrs. Marisol Casado   Spain International Triathlon Union
Council Members Mr. Gian-Franco Kasper    Switzerland International Ski Federation
Mr. Riccardo Fraccari   Italy World Baseball Softball Confederation
Ms. Kate Caithness   Scotland/  United Kingdom World Curling Federation
Mr. Nenad Lalović   Serbia United World Wrestling
Mr. José Perurena López   Spain International Canoe Federation

Mission and valuesEdit

GAISF is the umbrella organisation for both Olympic and non-Olympic international sports federations, as well as organisers of international sporting events. In this role it provides expertise in, for example, anti-doping, integrity and social responsibility. By establishing multi-sports games that group together similar sports, GAISF aims to promote the members and the members' visibility.[3]


Member international federations can be either full or associate members of GAISF.[4]


GAISF 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 dialogue with the Olympic authorities.[citation needed]

In 1967, 26 international sports federations met in Lausanne, agreed on the need to increase permanent liaisons, and adopted the name, “General Assembly of International Sports Federations”. 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 the first SportAccord International Convention in 2003. This new format “by sport for sport” allowed 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 adopted the motto "Unite & Support" with the aim to serve and promote its members. Its ambition is to provide high-quality services and expertise in areas that are of most importance to its members.

In April 2017, following the former president Marius Vizer's controversial attack against IOC president Thomas Bach during the opening SportAccord's 2015 convention in Sochi and his subsequent resignation, the organisation rebranded back to GAISF under its new president Patrick Baumann.[5]

In May 2019, Raffaele Chiulli was unanimously elected as GAISF President in Gold Coast, Australia


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 that 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 their meetings, which had taken place frequently but without rules or a fixed organisation. The common preparation of these meetings with the IOC could thus be better supported. It also permitted a constant liaison between the IFs and the general population. In 1966, the time seemed appropriate, and the conversion 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 extension of the past meetings of the IFs, 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 of the IFs, which were looking for a “one-stop shop” where they could 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.[6]

On 25 May 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.[7]

On 31 May 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 l'Automobile were voted into SportAccord.[8]

On 20 April 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,[9] and there were a number of further withdrawals in May 2015, including the International Rowing Federation.[10]

At the 2017 convention in Aarhus, Federation Internationale du Sport Universitaire (FISU) and Federation of International Bandy (FIB) became full members[11] and SportAccord was renamed GAISF.

By the end of 2018, The World ArmWrestling Federation (WAF) was the new addition to the GAISF Full Member List along with 4 Associate Members – World Olympics Association, International Sports Press Association, World Union of Olympic Cities and World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry

Member federationsEdit

# Sport Logo Organisation Acronym Founded Membership
1 Aikido   International Aikido Federation IAF 1976
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[12]         World Archery Federation WA 1931
6 Armwrestling   World Armwrestling Federation WAF 1977
7 Athletics[12]                           International Association of Athletics Federations IAAF 1912
8 Automobile racing   Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile FIA 1904
9 Badminton   Badminton World Federation BWF 1934
10 Bandy   Federation of International Bandy FIB 1955
11 Baseball and softball     World Baseball Softball Confederation WBSC 2013
12 Basketball     Federation Internationale de Basketball FIBA 1932
13 Basque pelota   Federación Internacional de Pelota Vasca FIPV 1929
14 Biathlon   International Biathlon Union IBU 1993
15 Billiard sports   World Confederation of Billiards Sports WCBS 1992
16 Bobsleigh     International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation IBSF 1923
17 Bodybuilding   International Federation of Bodybuilding & Fitness IFBB 1946
18 Boules   Confédération Mondiale des Sports de Boules CMSB 1985
19 Bowling   World Bowling WB 1952
20 Boxing   International Boxing Association AIBA 1946
21 Bridge   World Bridge Federation WBF 1958
22 Canoeing     International Canoe Federation ICF 1946
23 Casting   International Casting Sport Federation ICSF 1955
24 Cheer   International Cheer Union ICU 2004
25 Chess   International Chess Federation FIDE 1924
26 Climbing & Mountaineering   Union Internationale des Associations d'Alpinisme UIAA 1932
27 Cricket   International Cricket Council ICC 1909
28 Curling   World Curling Federation WCF 1966
29 Cycling               Union Cycliste Internationale UCI 1900
30 DanceSport   World DanceSport Federation WDSF 1957
31 Darts   World Darts Federation WDF 1974
32 Dragon Boat   International Dragon Boat Federation IDBF 1991
33 Draughts   Fédération Mondiale du Jeu de Dames FMJD 1947
34 Equestrian sports           Fédération Équestre Internationale FEI 1921
35 Fencing   Fédération Internationale d'Escrime FIE 1913
36 Fistball   International Fistball Association IFA 1960
37 Floorball   International Floorball Federation IFF 1986
38 Flying disc     World Flying Disc Federation WFDF 1985
39 Football       Fédération Internationale de Football Association FIFA 1904
40 Go   International Go Federation IGF 1982
41 Golf   International Golf Federation IGF 1958
42 Gymnastics          Federation Internationale de Gymnastique FIG 1881
43 Handball     International Handball Federation IHF 1946
44 Field hockey   International Hockey Federation FIH 1924
45 Ice hockey   International Ice Hockey Federation IIHF 1908
46 Ice stock sport   International Federation Icestocksport IFI 1975
47 Judo   International Judo Federation IJF 1951
48 Ju-Jitsu   Ju-Jitsu International Federation JJIF 1977
49 Karate   World Karate Federation WKF 1970
50 Kendo   International Kendo Federation FIK 1970
51 Kickboxing   World Association of Kickboxing Organisations WAKO 1976
52 Korfball   International Korfball Federation IKF 1963
53 Lacrosse   World Lacrosse WL 2008
54 Lifesaving   International Life Saving Federation ILS 1993
55 Luge   Fédération Internationale de Luge de Course FIL 1957
56 Minigolf   World Minigolf Sport Federation WMF 1963
57 Modern pentathlon   Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne UIPM 1912
58 Motorcycle racing   Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme FIM 1904
59 Muaythai   International Federation of Muaythai Amateur IFMA 1993
60 Netball   International Federation of Netball Associations IFNA 1960
61 Orienteering   International Orienteering Federation IOF 1961
62 Polo   Federation of International Polo FIP 1983
63 Powerboating   Union Internationale Motonautique UIM 1927
64 Powerlifting   International Powerlifting Federation IPF 1971
65 Racquetball   International Racquetball Federation IRF 1950
66 Roller sports           Fédération Internationale de Roller Sports FIRS 1924
67 Rowing   Fédération Internationale des Sociétés d'Aviron FISA 1892
68 Rugby union     World Rugby WR 1886
69 Sailing   International Sailing Federation ISAF 1907
70 Sambo   Fédération Internationale de Sambo FIAS 1992
71 Savate   Federation Internationale de Savate FISav 1992
72 Sepaktakraw   International Sepaktakraw Federation ISTAF 1988
73 Shooting sport[12]   International Shooting Sport Federation ISSF 1907
74 Skating       International Skating Union ISU 1892
75 Skiing             Fédération Internationale de Ski FIS 1924
76 Ski mountaineering   International Ski Mountaineering Federation ISMF 2008
77 Sleddog   International Federation of Sleddog Sports IFSS 1992
78 Soft tennis   International Soft Tennis Federation ISTF 1999
79 Sport climbing   International Federation of Sport Climbing IFSC 2007
80 Sports fishing   Confédération Internationale de la Pêche Sportive CIPS 1952
81 Squash   World Squash Federation WSF 1967
82 Sumo   International Sumo Federation IFS 1992
83 Surfing   International Surfing Association ISA 1964
84 Table tennis   International Table Tennis Federation ITTF 1926
85 Taekwondo   World Taekwondo WT 1973
86 Tennis   International Tennis Federation ITF 1913
87 Teqball International Federation of Teqball FITEQ 2017
88 Triathlon   International Triathlon Union ITU 1989
89 Tug of war   Tug of War International Federation TWIF 1960
90 Underwater sports   Confédération Mondiale des Activités Subaquatiques CMAS 1959
91 University Sports Fédération Internationale du Sport Universitaire FISU 1949
92 Volleyball     Fédération Internationale de Volleyball FIVB 1947
93 Waterskiing   International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation IWWF 1955
94 Weightlifting   International Weightlifting Federation IWF 1905
95 Wrestling   United World Wrestling UWW 1912
96 Wushu   International Wushu Federation IWUF 1990
28 7 42 19

Associate membersEdit




The GAISF Observer Status can be requested by the Applicants to GAISF Membership interested to obtain support and guidance in their path to fulfil the GAISF Membership Criteria.

World Dodgeball Association
Federation for International FootGolf
International Union of Kettlebell Lifting
International Federation of Match Poker
International Pole Sports Federation
International Table Soccer Federation
Rugby League International Federation
International Practical Shooting Confederation
International Padel Federation
International Rafting Federation
International Jump Rope Union
Federation International de Sand et Land Yachting

List of GAISF presidentsEdit

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 2013–2015
Gian-Franco Kasper FIS 2015–2016
Patrick Baumann FIBA 2016–2018

Current organizational structureEdit

President Vice President Interim Manager
Raffaele Chiulli Stephan Fox Nis Hatt

SportAccord World Sport & Business SummitEdit


Originally launched in 2003, SportAccord World Sport & Business Summit is a gathering of more than 1,500 leading representatives from the sports industry. SportAccord is focused on driving positive change internationally and dedicated to engaging and connecting; international federations, rights holders, organising committees, cities, press and media, businesses and other organisations involved in the development of sport.

SportAccord is a not-for-profit organisation which annually brings together representatives from more than 100 International Sports Federations affiliated with the following umbrella organisations that host their Annual General Assemblies at SportAccord. Our event is an international sport convention hosted over a week, combining an exhibition area, a themed conference programme and a multitude of networking events.

SportAccord’s stakeholders include: ASOIF (Association of Summer Olympic International Federations), AIOWF (Association of International Olympic Winter Sports Federations), ARISF (Association of IOC Recognised International Sports Federations), AIMS (Alliance of Independent Recognised Members of Sport), GAISF (Global Association of International Sports Federations) and Associate Members. In addition, SportAccord receives the full support of the IOC (International Olympic Committee).[13]

SAIC Dates Host City
1st 12–16 May 2003   Madrid, Spain
2nd 15–20 May 2004   Lausanne, Switzerland (#1)[14]
3rd 16–20 April 2005   Berlin, Germany
4th 3–7 April 2006   Seoul, South Korea[15]
5th 22–27 April 2007   Beijing, China (#1)[16]
6th 2–6 June 2008   Athens, Greece[17][18][19]
7th 23–27 March 2009[20][21]   Denver, United States[22][23]
8th 20–25 April 2010[24]   Dubai, United Arab Emirates[25][26]
9th 3–8 April 2011[27]   London, United Kingdom[28][29]
10th 20–25 May 2012[30]   Quebec City, Canada[31][32]
11th 26–31 May 2013[33]   Saint Petersburg, Russia[34]
12th 6–11 April 2014[35]   Belek, Turkey[36]
13th 19–24 April 2015[37]   Sochi, Russia[38]
14th 17–22 April 2016   Lausanne, Switzerland (#2)[39]
15th 2–7 April 2017   Aarhus, Denmark[40]
16th 15–20 April 2018   Bangkok, Thailand[41]
17th 5–10 May 2019   Gold Coast, Australia[42]
18th 23–28 May 2021   Yekaterinburg, Russia [43]

See alsoEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

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  3. ^ "Mission and Vision".
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  5. ^ "Welcome to the new GAISF website". GAISF. Retrieved 18 September 2017.
  6. ^ "History of SportAccord". SportAccord. Retrieved 6 October 2009.
  7. ^ "Federation of International Lacrosse and International Mind Sports Association are new SportAccord Members". SportAccord. 25 May 2012.
  8. ^ "International Cheer Union and Federation Internationale de l'Automobile are new SportAccord Members". SportAccord. 31 May 2013. Archived from the original on 15 June 2013. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  9. ^ Livingstone, Robert. "SportAccord Counts Its Losses After Chief's Attack on Olympics Backfires". Retrieved 20 April 2015.
  10. ^ "World Rowing resigns from SportAccord". insidethegames. 20 May 2015.
  11. ^ SportAccord changes name to Global Association of International Sports Federations
  12. ^ a b c The IAAF, ISSF and World Archery Federation withdrew from SportAccord on 20 April 2015.
  13. ^
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  21. ^ "Denver Global Program (in .pdf)" (PDF). SportAccord. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 April 2012. Retrieved 20 September 2011.
  22. ^ "Denver is first North American city to host SportAccord conference". Metro Denver. Archived from the original on 24 August 2011. Retrieved 16 September 2011.
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  24. ^ "Dubai Global Program (in .pdf)" (PDF). SportAccord. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 April 2012. Retrieved 20 September 2011.
  25. ^ "Dubai to host SportAccord in 2010". Sport Business. Archived from the original on 25 March 2012. Retrieved 20 September 2011.
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  27. ^ "Registration opens for 2011 SportAccord Convention in London". 4 October 2010. Archived from the original on 1 May 2012. Retrieved 20 September 2011.
  28. ^ "London To Host SportAccord Convention". London Press Service. Archived from the original on 11 June 2011. Retrieved 16 September 2011.
  29. ^ "Around the Rings SportAccord Special Edition" (PDF). Around the Rings. April 2011. Retrieved 25 March 2012.
  30. ^ "SportAccord Convention Selects Iconic Quebec Hotel". Around the Rings. 22 June 2011. Retrieved 20 September 2011.
  31. ^ "SportAccord Convention 2012 Awarded to Québec City". Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance. Retrieved 16 April 2012.
  32. ^ "The ATR SportAccord 2012 Special Edition". Around the Rings. 21 May 2012. Retrieved 4 June 2012.
  33. ^ "Saint Petersburg to host 2013 SportAccord Convention". Retrieved 15 June 2015.
  34. ^ Around the Rings Special Edition about 2013 SportAccord Convention
  35. ^ "SportAccord convention 2013 draws record attendance". Retrieved 15 June 2015.
  36. ^ "Conferences Convention – SportAccord 2014 to Turkey". Retrieved 15 June 2015.
  37. ^ "Dates for 2015 SportAccord International Convention in Sochi announced". Retrieved 15 June 2015.
  38. ^ "Sochi to host 2015 SportAccord International Convention". Retrieved 15 June 2015.
  39. ^ "Where Sports Meet". Retrieved 9 April 2016.
  40. ^ "SportAccord Convention 2017 awarded to Aarhus in Denmark". Retrieved 19 April 2016.
  41. ^ "Bangkok awarded 2018 SportAccord Convention". Retrieved 4 April 2017.
  42. ^ "Gold Coast to host 2019 SportAccord Summit". Retrieved 6 September 2018.
  43. ^ "Stunning Ekaterinburg to Host SportAccord 2021". Retrieved 30 November 2019.

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