POSTED: November 13th 2015

SportAccord: International Federation Forum focuses on good governance

Ben Cohen, FIBA, led the session on accountability through transparency and democratic decision making / SportAccord
Ben Cohen, FIBA, led the session on accountability through transparency and democratic decision making / SportAccord

Session on preventing competition manipulation / SportAccord
Session on preventing competition manipulation / SportAccord

REPUCOM Presentation / SportAccord
REPUCOM Presentation / SportAccord

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) During yesterday's International Federation (IF) Forum, the key topic on the program agenda was good governance. The program was prepared with help from the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF).

Ben Cohen presented the conclusions from two Good Governance Workshops. The conclusions were jointly organized by the International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES) and ASOIF in 2013 and 2014. Cohen is a member of the ASOIF Legal Consultative Group and Head of National Federations Governance and Legal Affairs at the International Basketball Federation (FIBA). He explained that solutions should not come from the outside, but from the IFs first and foremost. Over the last three years and with the support of experts composed from its Legal Consultative Group, ASOIF has been exploring bot the principles and actions to strengthen the governance of the IFs.    

Furthermore, sessions dedicated to good governance were led by International Olympic Committee (IOC) experts. During the Opening of the Forum, IOC President, Thomas Bach mentioned that the sporting world is always evolving, and governance must meet the highest standards while also adapting to the dynamic sporting world, so it stays effective.

After the discussions had concluded, the participants representing both Olympic and non-Olympic Federations agreed to release the following statement:  

"Today the IFs 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."

ASOIF and SportAccord Convention President, Francesco Ricci Bitti commented on the released statement saying, "There is no doubt we must be ready to be measured when it comes to good governance. I am glad the IF family today agreed and publically declared that it is now the time to move from accepting basic principles to applying clear indicators and assessment mechanisms. There are many IFs which already do good work in this important field, but we must make sure everybody is on board. Recent events show that there is no time to lose."

In addition to the good governance talks, the prevention of competition manipulation was touched on during the discussions. The Olympic Movement Code on the Manipulation of Competitions was presented for the first time. The document is meant to streamline the Council of Europe Convention, the IF, and IOC rules. Also, ASOIF was a Code Drafting Committee member.

** 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

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