Association of Summer Olympic International Federations
The Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) is a non-profit association, that regroups the International (sport) Federations (IFs) that are part of the (Summer) Olympic Programme (List of International Sport Federations).
ASOIF's mission is to unite, promote and support the International Summer Olympic Federations; to preserve their autonomy, while co-ordinating their common interests and goals.
On 30 May 1983, the 21 International Federations governing the sports included at the time on the programme of the 1984 Summer Olympic Games decided to form the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF).
ASOIF was formed, as stated in the first article of its constitution 'to co-ordinate and to defend the common interests of its members' and to 'ensure close co-operation between its members, and members of the Olympic Movement and other organisations'. These needs were identified in order to preserve the unity of the Olympic movement while maintaining 'the authority, independence and autonomy of the member International Federations.'
The members of ASOIF have since grown to 28 International Federations which meet once a year in a General Assembly. The General Assembly usually precedes the joint meeting between the Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee and the International Federations where a multitude of topics are discussed in the common interests of the Olympic Movement.
ASOIF is administered by an executive body, the Council, which consists of seven individual members, most of which are presidents of Summer Olympic International Federations.
The ASOIF General Secretariat is located in Lausanne and is administered by the ASOIF Executive Director.
In 2013 ASOIF celebrated 30 years since its inception in 1983. To mark the occasion, ASOIF produced a publication detailing the its achievements to date and its vision for the future. An extract from the publication reads:
- "ASOIF was founded on 30 May 1983 in Lausanne by the 21 International Federations on the programme of the 1984 summer Olympic Games. The first President was Primo Nebiolo (IAAF) who remained in office until his death in 1999. Reflecting on those years we are able to gain an appreciation of the foundations on which ASOIF was built, foundations that were strengthened and expanded under Denis Oswald from 2000 to the end of 2012. This period of development lets us articulate a vision of the future as ASOIF celebrates its thirtieth anniversary by welcoming its third President, Francesco Ricci Bitti.
- "Growth in the success of the Olympic Games in this period, in which the IFs have played a central part, has seen the importance of sport in global society reach unprecedented heights, and has been accompanied by a significant increase in Games revenues, particularly since the 1992 Games in Barcelona. Revenue from the IF major championships has seen similar increases,the combination of which has created opportunities and unlocked potential for our sports.
- "Under the twelve-year presidency of Denis Oswald, ASOIF took great strides towards binding the Summer Olympic sports together and increasing their representation in all aspects of Olympic affairs, not only within IOC Commissions but at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and the World Anti-doping Agency (WADA). This has promoted their unity for the collective enhancement of the Olympic and sports movement and will be accelerated under President Ricci Bitti, whilst maintaining the authority, independence and autonomy of the Federations. We will increase the scope of our representation and major common projects for the benefit of our members in a proactive and robust manner aimed at placing the summer Olympic IFs at the centre of decision-making in sport.
- "The knowledge, expertise and experience that our members collectively possess is unrivaled and when harnessed effectively, can be of great benefit to the Olympic and sports movement at large."
The Council is composed of a president and six members, from different federations. One of the six members is elected as vice-president. The president and the members are elected for four-year mandates. The Executive Director is nominated by the council on the proposal of the president as an executive position.
President & Vice President:
- Francesco Ricci Bitti (ITF President)
- C.K. Wu (AIBA President & IOC EB representative)
- Sergey Bubka (IAAF Vice President)
- Dr. Ugur Erdener (WA President)
- Patrick Baumann (FIBA Secretary General)
- Leandro Negre (FIH President)
- José Perurena (ICF President)
- Mr. Andrew Ryan (UK)
- International Olympic Committee (IOC)
- Association of International Olympic Winter Sports Federations (AIOWF)
- Association of the IOC Recognised International Sports Federations (ARISF)
Notes and references
- "ASOIF – Members". asoif.com. Retrieved 4 June 2012.