POSTED: April 23rd 2015

SportAccord 2015: ASOIF General Assembly makes key decisions for the Summer Olympic Federations

SportAccord is taking place in the  Sochi Expocentre this week © SportAccord
SportAccord is taking place in the Sochi Expocentre this week © SportAccord

MARISSA FLANDERS and LAURA WALDEN at the Sochi Expocentre / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The General Assembly of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) held their meeting in Sochi, Russia this week. During their meeting, the ASOIF ratified the decision of the ASOIF Council to suspend ASOIF's association with SportAccord, effective immediately.

All 28 member International Federations (IFs) were present. To express their disagreement of the opinions expressed by the SportAccord leadership, earlier this week, as a statement was signed by 27 member IFs, following the suspension. ASOIF will now review and clarify SportAccord's mission, management, activities and governance before moving forward on the matter.

Another key item on the agenda was the elections for the ASOIF Council. Ching-kuo Wu (AIBA) was elected for Vice-President of ASOIF, while Patrick Baumann (FIBA) was re-elected. Jose Perurena (ICF) and Leandro Negre (FIH) become newly elected members to the Council. They will all serve a four-year term. The Council is made up of six members, which all come from different Federations, the ASOIF Executive Director and the ASOIF President.

In addition, the system for the Olympic Games Revenue Distribution for the Rio 2016 Games was adopted by the General Assembly. ASOIF manages the revenue distribution on behalf of their members, based on the allocation of the total due to the IFs from the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The new revenue groups that were suggested by the IOC in 2013, will now be incorporated as the formula was voted upon. This new system will define each IFs percentages for the division of the revenues for the 2016 Games. The final total declared by the IOC after the Games will be applied. Till then, ASOIF members will provide feedback to the IOC concerning the methodology and criteria of the evaluation. Thus, furthering the optimization of the process.

The General Assembly was also updated, by Kit McConnell, IOC Sports Director on the implementation of the recommendations of Olympic Agenda 2020. The recommendations will see a strong IF involvement in several areas. For example, recommendation 13 will enhance the role IFs have in the delivery and planning of the Olympic competitions. A joint IOC-ASOIF working group has been established to define the IF responsibilities and roles in the different phases of an Olympic Games project, including the preparation, delivery and bidding.

Another recommendation will foresee the Olympic Channel launch. CEO of the Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS), Yiannis Exarchos joined the General Assembly, to explain the implications of the channel for the IFs. The project aims to make Olympic sports relevant locally, 365 days of the year. Federations will contribute a large amount of the content, including live material, highlights and news items. The IFs will partly fund the Olympic channel with $72 million USD from Games' revenues, over a seven-year period. The Channel is set to be launched in 2016.

The Olymic Channel project closely links with another ASOIF initiative that was also discussed at the meeting. It's the first project of its kind in the sport world, the IFs/ASOIF (Shared) Sports Data Poject, will be a unique sporting database. The database will contain athlete biographies, future calendar data, historical and near-to-love results that will be validated at the source, by the IFs. The project will significantly improve data integration, data standards, quality for the Olympic Games and facilitate greater media exposure for the Summer Olympic sports across every platform available.

The IOC fully supports the project and believes it's in line with Olympic Agenda 2020. Future Olympic Games Organizing Committees (OCOGs) will be provided a sports-data service, by the IOC. The intent is to be part of a set of "turn-key" solutions. The IFs/ASOIF (Shared) Sports Data Project will be used to do just that. Also, the Olympic Channel will depend on the sports data input.

Other decision included, the approval of ASOIF's revised 2015 budget and the 2016 draft budget by the General Assembly.

Lastly, the Rio 2016, PyeongChang 2018 and Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committees proved the General Assembly with updates. The General Assembly dedicated working meetings, which are scheduled for today.

** MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog

Keywords · ASOIF · IFs · IOC · Olympic · SportAccord · Rio 2016 · Tokyo 2020 · Olympic Agenda 2020

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