Global Association of International Sports Federations

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Global Association of International Sports Federations
purpose International umbrella organization of sports associations
Chair: Raffaele Chiulli (acting)
Establishment date: 1967
Number of members: 92 sports associations,
17 other associations
Seat : Lausanne , SwitzerlandSwitzerlandSwitzerland 

The Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) is the central umbrella organization of sports federations worldwide. A total of 109 organizations belong to it (as of October 2017), including sports associations such as the FIS or FIFA , but also sports organizations with special tasks such as the World Federation of Sports Medicine . However, the International Olympic Committee is not a member. The association is also known under the old name SportAccord .


The highest decision-making body is the General Assembly , which takes place annually in May at different locations. The individual member associations are entitled to vote regardless of their size.

The board of directors, whose term of office is four years, consists of nine people. These are selected according to a certain key:

The President is elected by the General Assembly. From 2016 until his death on October 14, 2018, the incumbent was the Swiss Patrick Baumann , at the time of his election General Secretary of the World Basketball Federation FIBA . Raffaele Chiulli was appointed as acting head for the period up to the General Assembly in May 2019.

Current members of the board are:


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The association was founded in Lausanne in 1967 as the General Assembly of International Sports Federations and renamed the General Association of International Sports Federations in 1976 . From April 2009 the association was called SportAccord, and since April 2017 it has had its current name. The founding and current seat is Lausanne; however, from 1978 to 2009 it was Monaco .

On April 20, 2015, then-President Marius Vizer gave a controversial speech at the SportAccord Congress in Sochi in which he attacked the IOC and proposed a 20-point plan. The plan was not discussed with the member associations, so that as a result more than two dozen SportAccord members suspended or canceled their membership. Vizer subsequently missed the support of the association members and resigned from the presidency at the end of May 2015. SportAccord found itself in a crisis and had to reduce the workforce by two thirds from 21 to 7 employees in the second half of 2015. At 1.7 million euros, the 2016 budget is around a quarter of the 2014 amount after the association lost numerous sponsors. President Patrick Baumann, elected in April 2016, was considered a confidante of IOC President Thomas Bach . The professional associations for rowing and shooting sports, which resigned in 2015, have been members again since April 2017.


While the International Olympic Committee only recognizes 68 professional associations (as of October 2012), the group of member associations of the GAISF is considerably larger and also includes numerous sports that are hardly known in Europe. Since the start of the racing association FIA in May 2013 include all major sports federations SportAccord that - is therefore considered the highest body of world sport - despite limited resources and skills.

The condition for admission is the worldwide distribution of a sport. As a rule - even with competing international sports associations - only one association per sport is accepted. Their admission is decided by an absolute majority .


Sports associations

The following sports associations are members of the GAISF: (as of August 2018)

sport Abbr. Association name Association website division
Aikido IAF International Aikido Federation AIMS
Alpinism UIAA Union Internationale des Associations d'Alpinisme ARISF
American football IFAF International Federation of American Football ARISF
Arm wrestling WAF World Armwrestling Federation AIMS
Automobile sport FIA Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile ARISF
badminton BWF Badminton World Federation ASOIF
Bandy FIB Federation of International Bandy ARISF
Baseball and softball WBSC World Baseball Softball Confederation ARISF
basketball FIBA Fédération Internationale de Basketball ASOIF
Basque pelota FIPV Federacion Internacional de Pelota Vasca ARISF
biathlon IBU International Biathlon Union AIOWF
billiards WCBS World Confederation of Billiard Sports ARISF
Bobsleigh and skeleton IBSF International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation AIOWF
Bodybuilding IFBB International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness AIMS
Archery WA World Archery Federation ASOIF
Boules CMSB Confédération Mondiale des Sports de Boules ARISF
Bowling and skittles WB World bowling ARISF
Boxing AIBA International Boxing Association ASOIF
bridge WBF World Bridge Federation ARISF
Casting ICSF International Casting Sport Federation AIMS
Cheerleading ICU International Cheer Union ARISF
Cricket ICC International Cricket Council ARISF
Curling WCF World Curling Federation AIOWF
lady FMJD Fédération Mondiale du Jeu de Dames ARISF
darts WDF World Darts Federation AIMS
Dragon boat IDBF International Dragon Boat Federation AIMS
ice Hockey IIHF International Ice Hockey Federation AIOWF
Ice skating ISU International Skating Union AIOWF
Ice stock sport IFI International Federation of Icestocksport AIMS
Fistball IFA International Fistball Association AIMS
fencing FIE Fédération Internationale d'Escrime ASOIF
Floorball / floorball IFF International Floorball Federation ARISF
Frisbee WFDF World Flying Disc Federation ARISF
Soccer FIFA Fédération Internationale de Football Association ASOIF
Weightlifting IMF International Weightlifting Federation ASOIF
Go IGF International Go Federation AIMS
golf IGF International Golf Federation ASOIF
Handball IHF International Handball Federation ASOIF
hockey FIH Fédération Internationale de Hockey ASOIF
Dog sledding IFSS International Federation of Sleddog Sports AIMS
Ju-Jitsu JJIF Ju-Jitsu International Federation AIMS
Judo IJF International Judo Federation ASOIF
Canoeing ICF International Canoe Federation ASOIF
karate WKF World Karate Federation ARISF
Kendo FIK International Kendo Federation AIMS
Kickboxing WAKO World Association of Kickboxing Organizations AIMS
Korfball IKF International Korfball Federation ARISF
Powerlifting IPF International Powerlifting Federation AIMS
lacrosse FIL Federation of International Lacrosse AIMS
athletics IAAF International Association of Athletics Federations ASOIF
Air sports FAI Fédération Aéronautique Internationale ARISF
Mini golf WMF World Mini Golf Sports Federation AIMS
Modern pentathlon UIPM Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne ASOIF
Motor boating UIM Union Internationale Motonautique ARISF
Motorcycling FIM Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme ARISF
Muay thai IFMA International Federation of Muaythai Amateur ARISF
Netball IFNA International Federation of Netball Associations ARISF
Orienteering IOF International Orienteering Federation ARISF
Equestrian sport FEI Fédération Équestre Internationale ASOIF
polo FIP Federation of International Polo ARISF
Racquetball IRF International Racquetball Federation ARISF
Cycling UCI Union Cycliste Internationale ASOIF
Luge FIL Fédération Internationale de Luge de Course AIOWF
Lifeguard ILS International Life Saving Federation ARISF
Wrestling UWW United World Wrestling ASOIF
Roller sports FIRS Fédération Internationale de Roller Sports ARISF
rowing FISA Fédération Internationale des Sociétés d'Aviron ASOIF
Rugby union World rugby ASOIF
Sambo FIAS Fédération Internationale de Sambo AIMS
Savate FISav Fédération Internationale de Savate AIMS
chess FIDE Fédération Internationale des Echecs ARISF
Shooting sports ISSF International Shooting Sport Federation ASOIF
Swimming FINA Fédération Internationale de Natation ASOIF
sailing ISAF International Sailing Federation ASOIF
Sepak Takraw ISTAF International Sepaktakraw Federation AIMS
Ski mountaineering ISMF International Ski Mountaineering Federation ARISF
Skiing FIS Fédération Internationale de Ski AIOWF
Soft tennis ISTF International Soft Tennis Federation AIMS
Sport fishing CIPS Conféderation Internationale de la Pêche Sportive AIMS
Sport climbing IFSC International Federation of Sport Climbing ARISF
Scuba diving CMAS Confédération Mondiale des Activités Subaquatiques ARISF
squash WSF World Squash Federation ARISF
Sumo IFS International Sumo Federation ARISF
Surfing ISA International Surfing Association ARISF
Taekwondo WTF World Taekwondo Federation ASOIF
Dance sport WDSF World Dance Sport Federation ARISF
Tug of war TWIF Tug of War International Federation ARISF
tennis ITF International Tennis Federation ASOIF
Table tennis ITTF International Table Tennis Federation ASOIF
Triathlon ITU International Triathlon Union ASOIF
do gymnastics FIG Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique ASOIF
volleyball FIVB Fédération Internationale de Volleyball ASOIF
Water ski and wakeboard IMWF International Waterski and Wakeboard Federation ARISF
Wushu IWUF International Wushu Federation ARISF

Associations with special tasks

The following associations with special tasks are also members of the GAISF:

Jurisdiction Abbr. Association name Association website
Worker sport CSIT Confédération Sportive Internationale du Travail
Commonwealth Games CGF Commonwealth Games Federation
Brain teaser IMSA International Mind Sports Association
European broadcasting EBU / UER European Broadcasting Union
Deaf sports ICSD International Committee of Sports for the Deaf
University sports FISU Fédération Internationale du Sport Universitaire
Senior sport IMGA International Masters Games Association
Mediterranean Games CIJM International Committee of Mediterranean Games
Military sport CISM Conseil International du Sport Militaire
Panathlon PI Panathlon International
University sports FISU Fédération Internationale du Sport Universitaire
School sports ISF International School Sport Federation
Special Olympics SOI Special Olympics
Sports facilities IAKS International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities
Sports Chiropractic FICS Federation Internationale de Chiropratique du Sport
sports medicine FIMS Fédération Internationale de Médecine du Sport
World Games IWGA International World Games Association

Associations with observer status

The following sports associations have observer status in the GAISF: (As of August 2018)

sport Abbr. Association name Association website
Dodgeball WDA World Dodgeball Association
Soccer golf FIFG Federation for International FootGolf
Kettlebell sport IUKL International Union of Kettlebell Lifting
Padel FIP International Padel Federation
Match poker IFMP International Federation of Match Poker
Pole Dance IPSF International Pole Sports Federation
Rugby league RLIF Rugby League International Federation
Jumping rope IRJU International Jump Rope Union
Foosball ITSF International Table Soccer Federation


The GAISF organizes several international multisport events such as the World Combat Games , the World Mind Games , the World Artistic Games and the World Beach Games as competitions of the worldwide sports elite of many non-Olympic and Olympic sports.

See also

Web links

Commons : Global Association of International Sports Federations  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

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