Global Association of International Sports Federations

Global Association of International Sports Federations
Abbreviation GAISF
Formation 1967 (1967)
Type Sports organization
Headquarters Lausanne, Switzerland
92 full members and
17 associate members.
Official language
English, French
Patrick Baumann
Website GAIFS

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 92 full members (international sports federations governing specific sports worldwide) and 17 associate members (organisations which conduct activities closely related to the international sports federations).[2]

GAISF Council

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

DesignationNameCountrySport Federation
PresidentMr. Patrick Baumann  SwitzerlandInternational Basketball Federation
Vice-PresidentDr. Raffaele Chiulli ItalyWorld Federation of Powerboating
Mr. Stephan Fox Germany/ AustraliaInternational Federation of Muaythai Amateur
TreasurerMrs. Marisol Casado SpainInternational Triathlon Union
Council MembersMr. Gian-Franco Kasper  SwitzerlandInternational Ski Federation
Mr. Riccardo Fraccari ItalyWorld Baseball Softball Confederation
Ms. Kate Caithness Scotland/ United KingdomWorld Curling Federation
Mr. Nenad Lalović SerbiaUnited World Wrestling
Mr. José Perurena López SpainInternational Canoe Federation

Mission and values

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.[2]

By establishing multi-sports games that group together similar sports, GAISF aims to promote the members and the members' visibility.[2]

Definition of sport

GAISF has developed a definition of sport to determine whether an applicant federation qualifies as an international sports federation.

GAISF's definition of sport is the following definition:[3]

  • The sport proposed should include an element of competition.
  • The sport should not rely on any element of “luck” specifically integrated into the sport.
  • The sport should not be judged to pose an undue risk to the health and safety of its athletes or participants.
  • The sport proposed should in no way be harmful to any living creature.
  • The sport should not rely on equipment that is provided by a single supplier.

GAISF uses five categories for its member federations' sports, many of which fall into more than one category:


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.

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 organization rebranded back to GAISF under its new president Patrick Baumann.[5]


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 May 25, 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 May 31, 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 April 20, 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.

Member federations

# Sport Logo Organisation Acronym Founded Membership
1Aikido International Aikido Federation IAF1976
2Air sports Fédération Aéronautique Internationale FAI1905
3American football International Federation of American Football IFAF1998
4Aquatics Federation Internationale de Natation FINA1908
5Archery[12] World Archery Federation WA1931
6Athletics[12] International Association of Athletics Federations IAAF1912
7Automobile Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile FIA1904
8Badminton Badminton World Federation BWF1934
9Bandy Federation of International Bandy FIB1955
10Baseball and softball World Baseball Softball Confederation WBSC2013
11Basketball Federation Internationale de Basketball FIBA1932
12Basque pelota Federación Internacional de Pelota Vasca FIPV1929
13Biathlon International Biathlon Union IBU1993
14Billiard sports World Confederation of Billiards Sports WCBS1992
15Bobsleigh International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation IBSF1923
16Bodybuilding International Federation of Bodybuilding & Fitness IFBB1946
17Boules Confédération Mondiale des Sports de Boules CMSB1985
18Bowling World Bowling WB1952
19Boxing International Boxing Association AIBA1946
20Bridge World Bridge Federation WBF1958
21Canoeing International Canoe Federation ICF1946
22Casting International Casting Sport Federation ICSF1955
23Cheer International Cheer Union ICU2004
24Chess Fédération Internationale des Échecs FIDE1924
25Climbing & Mountaineering Union Internationale des Associations d'Alpinisme UIAA1932
26Cricket International Cricket Council ICC1909
27Curling World Curling Federation WCF1966
28Cycling Union Cycliste Internationale UCI1900
29DanceSport World DanceSport Federation WDSF1957
30Darts World Darts Federation WDF1974
31Dragon Boat International Dragon Boat Federation IDBF1991
32Draughts Fédération Mondiale du Jeu de Dames FMJD1947
33Equestrian sports Fédération Équestre Internationale FEI1921
34Fencing Fédération Internationale d'Escrime FIE1913
35Fistball International Fistball Association IFA1960
36Floorball International Floorball Federation IFF1986
37Flying disc World Flying Disc Federation WFDF1985
38Football Fédération Internationale de Football Association FIFA1904
39Go International Go Federation IGF1982
40Golf International Golf Federation IGF1958
41Gymnastics Federation Internationale de Gymnastique FIG1881
42Handball International Handball Federation IHF1946
43Field hockey International Hockey Federation FIH1924
44Ice hockey International Ice Hockey Federation IIHF1908
45Ice stock sport International Federation Icestocksport IFI1975
46Judo International Judo Federation IJF1951
47Ju-Jitsu Ju-Jitsu International Federation JJIF1977
48Karate World Karate Federation WKF1970
49Kendo International Kendo Federation FIK1970
50Kickboxing World Association of Kickboxing Organizations WAKO1976
51Korfball International Korfball Federation IKF1963
52Lacrosse Federation of International Lacrosse FIL2008
53Lifesaving International Life Saving Federation ILS1993
54Luge Fédération Internationale de Luge de Course FIL1957
55Minigolf World Minigolf Sport Federation WMF1963
56Modern pentathlon Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne UIPM1912
57Motorcycling Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme FIM1904
58Muaythai International Federation of Muaythai Amateur IFMA1993
59Netball International Federation of Netball Associations IFNA1960
60Orienteering International Orienteering Federation IOF1961
61Polo Federation of International Polo FIP1983
62Powerboating Union Internationale Motonautique UIM1927
63Powerlifting International Powerlifting Federation IPF1971
64Racquetball International Racquetball Federation IRF1950
65Roller sports Fédération Internationale de Roller Sports FIRS1924
66Rowing Fédération Internationale des Sociétés d'Aviron FISA1892
67Rugby union World Rugby WR1886
68Sailing International Sailing Federation ISAF1907
69Sambo Fédération Internationale de Sambo FIAS1992
70Savate Federation Internationale de Savate FISav1992
71Sepaktakraw International Sepaktakraw Federation ISTAF1988
72Shooting sport[12] International Shooting Sport Federation ISSF1907
73Skating International Skating Union ISU1892
74Skiing Fédération Internationale de Ski FIS1924
75Ski mountaineering International Ski Mountaineering Federation ISMF2008
76Sleddog International Federation of Sleddog Sports IFSS1992
77Soft tennis International Soft Tennis Federation ISTF1999
78Sport climbing International Federation of Sport Climbing IFSC2007
79Sports fishing Confédération Internationale de la Pêche Sportive CIPS1952
80Squash World Squash Federation WSF1967
81Sumo International Sumo Federation IFS1992
82Surfing International Surfing Association ISA1964
83Table tennis International Table Tennis Federation ITTF1926
84Taekwondo World Taekwondo WT1973
85Tennis International Tennis Federation ITF1913
86Triathlon International Triathlon Union ITU1989
87Tug of war Tug of War International Federation TWIF1960
88Underwater sports Confédération Mondiale des Activités Subaquatiques CMAS1959
89Volleyball Fédération Internationale de Volleyball FIVB1947
90Waterskiing International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation IWWF1955
91Weightlifting International Weightlifting Federation IWF1905
92Wrestling United World Wrestling UWW1912
93Wushu International Wushu Federation IWUF1990

Associate members

Multi-sport events

List of GAISF presidents

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 (Acting President) FIS 2015–2016
Patrick Baumann FIBA 2016–present

Current organizational structure

President Vice president Vice president General director
Francesco Ricci Bitti Raffaele Chiulli Stephan Fox Nis Hatt

The SportAccord International Convention

Originally launched in 2003, SportAccord International Convention is a gathering of more than 2,500 leading representatives from the sports industry. It offers its participants an opportunity to come together on a global scale in order to network, build relationships, share knowledge and develop ideas that will benefit the entire community.[13]

Unlike any other event of its type, SportAccord International Convention is owned and endorsed by the sports movement itself. It was created and is owned by SportAccord, the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) and the Association of International Olympic Winter Federations (AIOWF). Over the past decade, SportAccord International Convention has become one of the key fixtures on the worldwide sporting calendar. It allows associations and the international sports federations to increase efficiency by holding all their annual meetings at the same time and place. It also serves as a commercial platform at which the sports industry can have access to the world governing bodies of sport and their key decision-makers.[14]

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

See also

Notes and references

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  12. 1 2 3 The IAAF, ISSF and World Archery Federation withdrew from SportAccord on April 20, 2015.
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