ASOIF Plans Governance Compliance for Federations

(ATR) Summer Olympic sports body aims to create compliance certification as part of sweeping governance changes.

(ATR) The summer Olympic sports body is aiming to create a compliance certification system as part of sweeping changes to the governance of federations.

Francesco Ricci Bitti announced the plan at ASOIF’s general assembly at SportAccord Convention in Aarhus, Denmark on Tuesday.

ASOIF leaders hope the system will be up and running in 2018 following the next steps in the work of its governance taskforce.

Initial results of an evaluation of the 28 members’ operations and practices were presented at the assembly today after the sports submitted self-assessment questionnaires in recent months.

Graphs and charts showed the gulf between some of the federations – but they were not named.

The ASOIF taskforce will launch phase two this week, beginning by compiling best practice examples.

It will identify an official governance contact for each IF. In the next few months, talks will take place with the federations to review how they have assessed themselves and to work on the weaknesses that require work.

A governance workshop for the federations will be held in the autumn.

Later this year, the assessment process will be further refined. ASOIF aims to publish details of the status of each of the 28 sports governance at its general assembly next April.

Speaking at a press briefing in Aarhus, ASOIF president Ricci Bitti highlighted the importance of "looking at the culture and improving governance in each of our members".

At the general assembly, Ricci Bitti praised the federations for their engagement with Rio 2016 organizers to deliver the Games.

He said ASOIF was close to finalizing its blueprint to ensure greater IF engagement with Olympic organizing committees. It is branded the Sports Development Plan, a model that will be crucial in ongoing Tokyo 2020 preparations and vital to earlier engagement with the 2024 host city organizers.

Moving away from a "traditional structure", Ricci Bitti suggested it would lead to a "slimmer organizing committee and much more involvement of the IFs".

"The change is substantial. It will drive relations between federations and the organizing committee."

Marisol Casado and Sebastian Coe were elected to the ASOIF Council today, with Ugur Erdener and C.K. Wu regaining their positions.

"This is an enrichment. I am very, very pleased," said Ricci Bitti.

Reported by Mark Bisson in Aarhus, Denmark.

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