ASOIF on target with IF governance project

ASOIF Press Release N. 1 31.01.2017

Lausanne, 31.01.2017

The Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) announced today that

progress has been achieved towards the goal of improved governance standards for its member

International Federations (IFs). Following the creation of the ASOIF Governance Taskforce in

November 2015 and the approval of the group’s report at the ASOIF General Assembly in April

2016, each IF was asked to complete a detailed questionnaire. IFs were requested to outline the

current state of their governance including compliance with the Olympic Charter, WADA Code and

other IOC Code of Conduct matters and five key principles including transparency, integrity,

democracy, development/solidarity and control mechanisms. The questionnaire was distributed in

November 2016 with a submission date of 27 January 2017. Twenty-four questionnaires have been

received with the remaining four IFs expected to report over the next few days.

ASOIF President Francesco Ricci Bitti said: "This response from our member IFs and their

commitment to improving governance is gratifying and I am very proud of the effort that has gone

into this project so far." He added: "ASOIF took this on because it was apparent that all of our

members are committed to improved governance by analysing their model to see what upgrades and

amendments are required. The Summer IFs take their leadership role very seriously and an

important part of this is to ensure a culture of good governance and transparency across all


The next steps are to analyse the data and present a preliminary report at the ASOIF General

Assembly in Aarhus, Denmark on 4 April 2017 and then work with each IF to upgrade and improve

their respective governance model. ASOIF is committed to ensuring that the governance of IFs

continues to be fit for purpose.


ASOIF’s role is to serve and represent the Summer Olympic International Federations in the most

competent, articulate and professional manner on issues of common interest in the Summer Olympic

Games and the Olympic Movement, and on any other matter deemed necessary by the IFs.


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