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The International Sports Federations (IFs) are responsible for the integrity of their sport on the international level.
The International Sports Federations are international non-governmental organisations recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as administering one or more sports at world level. The national federations administering those sports are affiliated to them. While conserving their independence and autonomy in the administration of their sports, International Sports Federations seeking IOC recognition must ensure that their statutes, practice and activities conform with the Olympic Charter.
The IFs have the responsibility and duty to manage and to monitor the everyday running of the world's various sports disciplines, including for those on the programme, the practical organisation of events during the Games. The IFs must also supervise the development of athletes practising these sports at every level. Each IF governs its sport at world level and ensures its promotion and development. They monitor the everyday administration of their sports and guarantee the regular organisation of competitions as well as respect for the rules of fair play.
The IFs may formulate proposals addressed to the IOC concerning the Olympic Charter and the Olympic Movement in general, including the organising and holding of the Olympic Games; give their opinions concerning the candidatures for organising the Olympic Games, particularly concerning the technical capabilities of the candidate cities; collaborate in the preparation of the Olympic Congresses; and participate in the activities of the IOC commissions.
In order to discuss common problems and decide on their events calendars, the summer federations, the winter federations and the recognised federations have formed associations: the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF), the Association of International Olympic Winter Sports Federations (AIOWF), and the Association of IOC Recognised International Sports Federations (ARISF).
The Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) created in 1983, coordinates and defends the common interests of its members to ensure close cooperation between them, the members of the Olympic Movement and those of other organisations.
It does so with the aim of preserving the Olympic Movement while maintaining the authority, independence and autonomy of the member International Federations.
Association of Summer Olympic International Federations
Mr Ricci BITTI
Mr Andrew RYAN
Maison du Sport International
Av. de Rhodanie 54
Tel: +41 21 601 48 88l
Fax: +41 21 601 48 89l
The Association of International Olympic Winter Sports Federations (AIOWF) works in close cooperation with the International Sports Federations which govern a sport featured on the Olympic programme as well as those affiliated to the SportAccord.
It encourages cooperation between its members. The AIOWF is the qualified spokesperson dealing with specific questions connected with winter sports in general, and with the Olympic Games in particular. The AIOWF is also responsible for choosing the joint delegation and/or appointments of the winter sports representatives on the commissions of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and other international organisations. Among other tasks, AIOWF also deals with the coordination of the competitions calendar as well as the submission to the IOC of proposals regarding the distribution of the share of television rights revenues.
Mr Gian-Franco KASPER
Ms Sarah LEWIS
Mr Fredi SCHMID
3653 Oberhofen am Thunersee
Tel: +41 33 244 61 61
The Association of the IOC Recognised International Sports Federations (ARISF) was created in 1983.
ARISF has several aims, namely:
Sports governed by International Federations recognised by the International Olympic Committee
Dr Raffaele CHIULLI
Mr Riccardo FRACCARI
Tel: +41 21 3188240
Fax: +41 21 318 8241