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Global Association of International Sports Federations
Global Association of International Sports Federations.png
Formation1967; 53 years ago (1967)
TypeSports organization
HeadquartersLausanne, Switzerland
95 full members and
20 associate members.
Official language
English, French
Raffaele Chiulli

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 95 full members (international sports federations governing specific sports worldwide) and 20 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.

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. By establishing multi-sports games that group together similar sports, GAISF aims to promote the members and the members' visibility.[3]


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

In May 2019, Raffaele Chiulli was unanimously elected as GAISF President in Gold Coast, Australia


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 25 May 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 31 May 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 20 April 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.

By the end of 2018, The World ArmWrestling Federation (WAF) was the new addition to the GAISF Full Member List along with 4 Associate Members - World Olympics Association, International Sports Press Association, World Union of Olympic Cities and World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry

Member federations

# Sport Logo Organisation Acronym Founded Membership
1 Aikido Aikido pictogram.svg International Aikido Federation IAF 1976 o
2 Air sports Paragliding pictogram.svg Hang Gliding pictogram.svg Air sports pictogram.svg Gliding pictogram.svg Ballooning pictogram.svg Aeromodelling pictogram.svg Fédération Aéronautique Internationale FAI 1905 o
3 American football American football pictogram.svg International Federation of American Football IFAF 1998 o
4 Aquatics Diving pictogram.svg Open water swimming pictogram.svg Swimming pictogram.svg Synchronized swimming pictogram.svg Water polo pictogram.svg High Diving pictogram.svg Federation Internationale de Natation FINA 1908 o
5 Archery[12] Archery pictogram.svg World Archery Federation WA 1931 o
6 Armwrestling Armwrestling pictogram.png World Armwrestling Federation WAF 1977 o
7 athletics[12] Athletics pictogram.svg International Association of Athletics Federations IAAF 1912 o
8 Automobile racing F1 pictogram.svg Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile FIA 1904 o
9 Badminton Badminton pictogram.svg Badminton World Federation BWF 1934 o
10 Bandy Bandy pictogram.svg Federation of International Bandy FIB 1955 o
11 Baseball and softball Baseball pictogram.svg Softball pictogram.svg World Baseball Softball Confederation WBSC 2013 o
12 Basketball 3x3 basketball pictogram.svg Basketball pictogram.svg Federation Internationale de Basketball FIBA 1932 o
13 Basque pelota Basque pelota pictogram.svg Federación Internacional de Pelota Vasca FIPV 1929 o
14 Biathlon Biathlon pictogram.svg International Biathlon Union IBU 1993 o
15 Billiard sports Cue sports pictogram.svg World Confederation of Billiards Sports WCBS 1992 o
16 Bobsleigh Bobsleigh pictogram.svg Skeleton pictogram.svg International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation IBSF 1923 o
17 Bodybuilding Bodybuilding pictogram.svg International Federation of Bodybuilding & Fitness IFBB 1946 o
18 Boules Boules sports pictogram.svg Confédération Mondiale des Sports de Boules CMSB 1985 o
19 Bowling Bowling pictogram.svg World Bowling WB 1952 o
20 Boxing Boxing pictogram.svg International Boxing Association AIBA 1946 o
21 Bridge Contract bridge pictogram.svg World Bridge Federation WBF 1958 o
22 Canoeing Canoeing (flatwater) pictogram.svg Canoeing (slalom) pictogram.svg International Canoe Federation ICF 1946 o
23 Casting Casting pictogram.svg International Casting Sport Federation ICSF 1955 o
24 Cheer Cheerleading pictogram.svg International Cheer Union ICU 2004 o
25 Chess Chess (game) pictogram.svg International Chess Federation FIDE 1924 o
26 Climbing & Mountaineering Mountaineering pictogram (2).svg Union Internationale des Associations d'Alpinisme UIAA 1932 o
27 Cricket Cricket pictogram.svg International Cricket Council ICC 1909 o
28 Curling Curling pictogram.svg World Curling Federation WCF 1966 o
29 Cycling BMX freestyle pictogram.svg Cycling (BMX) pictogram.svg Cycling (mountain biking) pictogram.svg Cycling (road) pictogram.svg Cycling (track) pictogram.svg Indoor cycling pictogram.svg Union Cycliste Internationale UCI 1900 o
30 DanceSport DanceSport pictogram.svg World DanceSport Federation WDSF 1957 o
31 Darts Darts pictogram.svg World Darts Federation WDF 1974 o
32 Dragon Boat Dragon boat pictogram.svg International Dragon Boat Federation IDBF 1991 o
33 Draughts Draughts pictogram.svg Fédération Mondiale du Jeu de Dames FMJD 1947 o
34 Equestrian sports Equestrian Dressage pictogram.svg Equestrian Eventing pictogram.svg Equestrian Jumping pictogram.svg Fédération Équestre Internationale FEI 1921 o
35 Fencing Fencing pictogram.svg Fédération Internationale d'Escrime FIE 1913 o
36 Fistball Fistball pictogram.svg International Fistball Association IFA 1960 o
37 Floorball Floorball pictogram.svg International Floorball Federation IFF 1986 o
38 Flying disc Ultimate pictogram.svg Frisbee pictogram.png World Flying Disc Federation WFDF 1985 o
39 Football Football pictogram.svg Futsal pictogram.svg Beach soccer pictogram.svg Fédération Internationale de Football Association FIFA 1904 o
40 Go Go (game) pictogram.svg International Go Federation IGF 1982 o
41 Golf Golf pictogram.svg International Golf Federation IGF 1958 o
42 Gymnastics Gymnastics (artistic) pictogram.svgGymnastics (rhythmic) pictogram.svg Gymnastics (trampoline) pictogram.svg Gymnastics (aerobic) pictogram.svg Gymnastics (acrobatic) pictogram.svg Federation Internationale de Gymnastique FIG 1881 o
43 Handball Handball pictogram.svg Beach handball pictogram.svg International Handball Federation IHF 1946 o
44 Field hockey Field hockey pictogram.svg International Hockey Federation FIH 1924 o
45 Ice hockey Ice hockey pictogram.svg International Ice Hockey Federation IIHF 1908 o
46 Ice stock sport Ice stock sport pictogram.svg International Federation Icestocksport IFI 1975 o
47 Judo Judo pictogram.svg International Judo Federation IJF 1951 o
48 Ju-Jitsu Jujitsu pictogram.svg Ju-Jitsu International Federation JJIF 1977 o
49 Karate Karate pictogram.svg World Karate Federation WKF 1970 o
50 Kendo Kendo pictogram.svg International Kendo Federation FIK 1970 o
51 Kickboxing Kickboxing pictogram.svg World Association of Kickboxing Organisations WAKO 1976 o
52 Korfball Korfball pictogram.svg International Korfball Federation IKF 1963 o
53 Lacrosse Lacrosse pictogram.svg World Lacrosse WL 2008 o
54 Lifesaving Lifesaving pictogram.svg International Life Saving Federation ILS 1993 o
55 Luge Luge pictogram.svg Fédération Internationale de Luge de Course FIL 1957 o
56 Minigolf Minigolf pictogram.svg World Minigolf Sport Federation WMF 1963 o
57 Modern pentathlon Modern pentathlon pictogram.svg Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne UIPM 1912 o
58 Motorcycle racing Sinnbild Kraftrad.svg Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme FIM 1904 o
59 Muaythai Muay Thai pictogram.svg International Federation of Muaythai Amateur IFMA 1993 o
60 Netball Netball pictogram.svg International Federation of Netball Associations IFNA 1960 o
61 Orienteering Orienteering pictogram.svg International Orienteering Federation IOF 1961 o
62 Polo Polo pictogram.svg Federation of International Polo FIP 1983 o
63 Powerboating Pictograms-nps-water-motorboating.svg Union Internationale Motonautique UIM 1927 o
64 Powerlifting Powerlifting pictogram (Paralympics).svg International Powerlifting Federation IPF 1971 o
65 Racquetball Racquets pictogram.svg International Racquetball Federation IRF 1950 o
66 Roller sports Inline speed skating pictogram.svg Skateboarding pictogram.svg Artistic roller skating pictogram.svg Inline hockey pictogram.svg Roller hockey pictogram.svg Fédération Internationale de Roller Sports FIRS 1924 o
67 Rowing Rowing pictogram.svg Fédération Internationale des Sociétés d'Aviron FISA 1892 o
68 Rugby union Rugby sevens pictogram.svg Rugby union pictogram.svg World Rugby WR 1886 o
69 Sailing Sailing pictogram.svg International Sailing Federation ISAF 1907 o
70 Sambo Sambo pictogram.svg Fédération Internationale de Sambo FIAS 1992 o
71 Savate Muay Thai pictogram.svg Federation Internationale de Savate FISav 1992 o
72 Sepaktakraw Sepaktakraw pictogram.svg International Sepaktakraw Federation ISTAF 1988 o
73 Shooting sport[12] Shooting pictogram.svg International Shooting Sport Federation ISSF 1907 o
74 Skating Figure skating pictogram.svg Speed skating pictogram.svg Short track speed skating pictogram.svg International Skating Union ISU 1892 o
75 Skiing Cross country skiing pictogram.svg Alpine skiing pictogram.svg Ski jumping pictogram.svg Nordic combined pictogram.svg Freestyle skiing pictogram.svg Snowboarding pictogram.svg Fédération Internationale de Ski FIS 1924 o
76 Ski mountaineering Ski mountaineering pictogram.svg International Ski Mountaineering Federation ISMF 2008 o
77 Sleddog Dog silhouette.svg International Federation of Sleddog Sports IFSS 1992 o
78 Soft tennis Soft tennis pictogram.svg International Soft Tennis Federation ISTF 1999 o
79 Sport climbing Climbing pictogram.svg International Federation of Sport Climbing IFSC 2007 o
80 Sports fishing Pictograms-nps-fishing.svg Confédération Internationale de la Pêche Sportive CIPS 1952 o
81 Squash Squash pictogram.svg World Squash Federation WSF 1967 o
82 Sumo Sumo pictogram.svg International Sumo Federation IFS 1992 o
83 Surfing Surfing pictogram.svg International Surfing Association ISA 1964 o
84 Table tennis Table tennis pictogram.svg International Table Tennis Federation ITTF 1926 o
85 Taekwondo Taekwondo pictogram.svg World Taekwondo WT 1973 o
86 Tennis Tennis pictogram.svg International Tennis Federation ITF 1913 o
87 Triathlon Triathlon pictogram.svg International Triathlon Union ITU 1989 o
88 Tug of war Tug of war pictogram.svg Tug of War International Federation TWIF 1960 o
89 Underwater sports Finswimming pictogram.svg Confédération Mondiale des Activités Subaquatiques CMAS 1959 o
90 University Sports
Silver FISU.svg
Fédération Internationale du Sport Universitaire FISU 1949 o
91 Volleyball Volleyball (beach) pictogram.svg Volleyball (indoor) pictogram.svg Fédération Internationale de Volleyball FIVB 1947 o
92 Waterskiing Water skiing pictogram.svg International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation IWWF 1955 o
93 Weightlifting Weightlifting pictogram.svg International Weightlifting Federation IWF 1905 o
94 Wrestling Wrestling pictogram.svg United World Wrestling UWW 1912 o
95 Wushu Wushu pictogram.svg International Wushu Federation IWUF 1990 o
28 7 42 18

Associate members




The GAISF Observer Status can be requested by the Applicants to GAISF Membership interested to obtain support and guidance in their path to fulfil the GAISF Membership Criteria.

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 FIS 2015-2016
Patrick Baumann FIBA 2016-2018

Current organizational structure

President Vice President Director
Raffaele Chiulli Stephan Fox Philippe Gueisbuhler

SportAccord World Sport & Business Summit


Originally launched in 2003, SportAccord World Sport & Business Summit is a gathering of more than 1,500 leading representatives from the sports industry. SportAccord is focused on driving positive change internationally and dedicated to engaging and connecting; international federations, rights holders, organising committees, cities, press and media, businesses and other organisations involved in the development of sport.

SportAccord is a not-for-profit organisation which annually brings together representatives from more than 100 International Sports Federations affiliated with the following umbrella organisations that host their Annual General Assemblies at SportAccord. Our event is an international sport convention hosted over a week, combining an exhibition area, a themed conference programme and a multitude of networking events.

SportAccord's stakeholders include: ASOIF (Association of Summer Olympic International Federations), AIOWF (Association of International Olympic Winter Sports Federations), ARISF (Association of IOC Recognised International Sports Federations), AIMS (Alliance of Independent Recognised Members of Sport), GAISF (Global Association of International Sports Federations) and Associate Members. In addition, SportAccord receives the full support of the IOC (International Olympic Committee).[13]

SAIC Dates Host City
1st 12-16 May 2003 Spain Madrid, Spain
2nd 15-20 May 2004 Switzerland Lausanne, Switzerland (#1)[14]
3rd 16-20 April 2005 Germany Berlin, Germany
4th 3-7 April 2006 South Korea Seoul, South Korea[15]
5th 22-27 April 2007 China Beijing, China (#1)[16]
6th 2-6 June 2008 Greece Athens, Greece[17][18][19]
7th 23-27 March 2009[20][21] United States Denver, United States[22][23]
8th 20-25 April 2010[24] United Arab Emirates Dubai, United Arab Emirates[25][26]
9th 3-8 April 2011[27] United Kingdom London, United Kingdom[28][29]
10th 20-25 May 2012[30] Canada Quebec City, Canada[31][32]
11th 26-31 May 2013[33] Russia Saint Petersburg, Russia[34]
12th 6-11 April 2014[35] Turkey Belek, Turkey[36]
13th 19-24 April 2015[37] Russia Sochi, Russia[38]
14th 17-22 April 2016 Switzerland Lausanne, Switzerland (#2)[39]
15th 2-7 April 2017 Denmark Aarhus, Denmark[40]
16th 15-20 April 2018 Thailand Bangkok, Thailand[41]
17th 5-10 May 2019 Australia Gold Coast, Australia[42]
18th 19-24 April 2020 China Beijing, China (#2)[43]

See also

Notes and references

  1. ^ "Members" SportAccord - International Federations' Union ( 19 July 2013. Retrieved 13 August 2013.
  2. ^ a b Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ "Mission and Vision".
  4. ^ "Associate Membership". GAISF. 19 July 2013. Retrieved 13 August 2013.
  5. ^ "Welcome to the new GAISF website". GAISF. Retrieved 2017.
  6. ^ "History of SportAccord". SportAccord. Retrieved 2009.
  7. ^ "Federation of International Lacrosse and International Mind Sports Association are new SportAccord Members". SportAccord. 25 May 2012.
  8. ^ "International Cheer Union and Federation Internationale de l'Automobile are new SportAccord Members". SportAccord. 31 May 2013. Archived from the original on 15 June 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  9. ^ Livingstone, Robert. "SportAccord Counts Its Losses After Chief's Attack on Olympics Backfires". Retrieved 2015.
  10. ^ "World Rowing resigns from SportAccord". insidethegames. 20 May 2015.
  11. ^ SportAccord changes name to Global Association of International Sports Federations
  12. ^ a b c The IAAF, ISSF and World Archery Federation withdrew from SportAccord on 20 April 2015.
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  14. ^ "Lausanne To Host 2004 SportAccord Convention" (PDF). SportAccord. Retrieved 2011.
  15. ^ "The World Meets In Seoul" (PDF). Around the Rings. April 2006. Retrieved 2011.
  16. ^ "Countdown to Beijing" (PDF). Around the Rings. April 2007. Retrieved 2011.
  17. ^ "Athens hosted the most successful edition of SportAccord". Athens Convention Bureau (English). Archived from the original on 2 April 2012. Retrieved 2011.
  18. ^ "SportAccord 2008 tightens focus on cities". Sport Business. Archived from the original on 25 March 2012. Retrieved 2011.
  19. ^ "Athens Hosts Sixth Edition of SportAccord" (PDF). Around the Rings. June 2008. Retrieved 2011.
  20. ^ "Sportaccord 2009 Kicks Off in Denver". Around the Rings. 23 March 2009. Retrieved 2011.
  21. ^ "Denver Global Program (in .pdf)" (PDF). SportAccord. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 April 2012. Retrieved 2011.
  22. ^ "Denver is first North American city to host SportAccord conference". Metro Denver. Archived from the original on 24 August 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  23. ^ "Around the Rings Special Edition - SportAccord Denver" (PDF). Around the Rings. March 2009. Retrieved 2011.
  24. ^ "Dubai Global Program (in .pdf)" (PDF). SportAccord. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 April 2012. Retrieved 2011.
  25. ^ "Dubai to host SportAccord in 2010". Sport Business. Archived from the original on 25 March 2012. Retrieved 2011.
  26. ^ "Around the Rings Special Edition - Dubai" (PDF). Around the Rings. April 2010. Retrieved 2011.
  27. ^ "Registration opens for 2011 SportAccord Convention in London". 4 October 2010. Archived from the original on 1 May 2012. Retrieved 2011.
  28. ^ "London To Host SportAccord Convention". London Press Service. Archived from the original on 11 June 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  29. ^ "Around the Rings SportAccord Special Edition" (PDF). Around the Rings. April 2011. Retrieved 2012.
  30. ^ "SportAccord Convention Selects Iconic Quebec Hotel". Around the Rings. 22 June 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  31. ^ "SportAccord Convention 2012 Awarded to Québec City". Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance. Retrieved 2012.
  32. ^ "The ATR SportAccord 2012 Special Edition". Around the Rings. 21 May 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  33. ^ "Saint Petersburg to host 2013 SportAccord Convention". Retrieved 2015.
  34. ^ Around the Rings Special Edition about 2013 SportAccord Convention
  35. ^ "SportAccord convention 2013 draws record attendance". Retrieved 2015.
  36. ^ "Conferences Convention - SportAccord 2014 to Turkey". Retrieved 2015.
  37. ^ "Dates for 2015 SportAccord International Convention in Sochi announced". Retrieved 2015.
  38. ^ "Sochi to host 2015 SportAccord International Convention". Retrieved 2015.
  39. ^ "Where Sports Meet". Retrieved 2016.
  40. ^ "SportAccord Convention 2017 awarded to Aarhus in Denmark". Retrieved 2016.
  41. ^ "Bangkok awarded 2018 SportAccord Convention". Retrieved 2017.
  42. ^ "Gold Coast to host 2019 SportAccord Summit". Retrieved 2018.
  43. ^ "Beijing named host of SportAccord in 2020". Retrieved 2018.

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