POSTED: November 12th 2015
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SportAccord: IFs embrace IOC invitation to work closer together reaffirming the alliance

IOC President Thomas Bach and SportAccord Convention President Francesco Ricci Bitti / SportAccord
IOC President Thomas Bach and SportAccord Convention President Francesco Ricci Bitti / SportAccord

The IFs filled the room showing their support for the organization / SportAccord
The IFs filled the room showing their support for the organization / SportAccord

(Far left) SportAccord Convention President Francesco Ricci Bitti and the Council / SportAccord
(Far left) SportAccord Convention President Francesco Ricci Bitti and the Council / SportAccord

LAURA WALDEN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The SportAccord IF Forum has proved to be a watershed meeting bringing the international sports federations back closer to the International Olympic Committee (IOC)  after the turbulent meeting in Sochi where then President Marius Vizer launched a scathing attack on the IOC.

Vizer accused the IOC of not listening to the federations' needs and a political storm ensued with factions of the federations standing up and taking leave to support the IOC. The future of SportAccord was put into question. Vizer consequently resigned as President and the organization has been in a phase of reorganization these past few months and studying the best way to go forward. 

The meetings at the IF Forum have served to bring both groups together and reinforced the alliance with the IOC with President Bach returning to open the proceedings.

Francesco Ricci Bitti, President, ASOIF, and SportAccord Convention, issued the following statement:

"Today, the International Sport Federations welcome and accept the IOC's invitation to work together to not only establish indicators and assessment mechanisms, but to promote their use within their respective sports.

"The objective of this undertaking is to ensure that the state of governance within sports institutions can be readily assessed publicly and monitored on an ongoing basis.

"This will be done in an inclusive manner, taking into account best practices and using the most appropriate available tools so as to not only establish the right processes, but to promote and ensure a 'Culture of Good Governance' within all Sport Federations."

The IF Forum will conclude tomorrow in Lausanne, Switzerland.

**LAURA WALDEN has over twenty-five years of experience in the Olympic Movement, formerly at the European Olympic Committees with SportEurope under former IOC President Dr. Jacques Rogge and IOC Member Mario Pescante. She worked with the Rome 2004 and Turin 2006 Olympic bids and also managed PR & media for Dr. Jacques Rogge during his campaign for the presidency.


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