Speaking Up On Recognised Sport

January 26, 2010

The newly created SportAccord channel on YouTube provides the  perfect platform for the presidents of several ARISF world governing bodies to speak up on challenges and opportunities in their IOC recognised sport. Interviews with World Air Sports Federation President Pierre Portmann and International DanceSport President Carlos Freitag are first in the multi-part Q&A series which was recorded at the IF Forum in Lausanne, SUI, last November.

2010 Global Sports Forum Barcelona Trophies

January 19, 2010

The World Games 2009 Kaohsiung, which featured many of the IOC recognised sports, are considered for a prestigious international award. The Global Sports Forum Barcelona Trophies recognize achievements reflecting societal issues within and connected to sports.

The International World Games Association and the Kaohsiung Organizing Committee have submitted the successful edition of the games as an applicant project for the 2010 Global Sports Forum Barcelona Trophy in the ‘Major Sporting Events’ category.

The Global Sports Forum Trophies will be presented for the first time this year and the eight winners will receive an award created by the young sculptress Pepa Galindo, whose design was selected following a competition held by Barcelona City Council.

The underlying motivation behind these trophies is to put forward initiatives that act as examples and illustrations for the role of sport in different sectors.

Four criteria are considered by the jury:

  • Innovation
  • Social impact
  • Sustainability
  • A challenging identity

Global Sports Forum Project # 40   (Click to view as PowerPoint!)

Go to the website of the 2010 Global Sports Forum Barcelona, click here!

Cricket: Twenty20 Not Running For 2020

January 12, 2010

It was thought to be the prefect slogan for an all-out campaign, but the International Cricket Council (ICC) has no plans to bid for Twenty20 to become part of the 2020 Olympic Games.

ICC was last month given full recognition by the IOC Executive Board, which implies that it is now eligible to be on the Sports Programme of the Games of the Olympiad.

Twenty20, a faced paced format of the game introduced in England in 2003, has proved immensely popular across the world. The Indian Premier League (IPL),  a competition set up in 2008 for Twenty20, is considered one of the biggest, most financially lucrative sporting events in the world. Despite the success of the new and abridged cricket format  leading to calls from top players – such as Australian captain Adam Gilchrist – to ask for it to be introduced to the Olympic Programme for 2020, the ICC presently rules out such a move.

Cricket’s world governing has set to resist the growing campaign for the sport to try to join rugby sevens and golf on the Olympic Programme.
A recent statement to insidethegames reads: “Cricket [first] became a recognised sport within the Olympic Movement in 2007 and we are very pleased that the ICC holds such a globally recognisable status.
“We are delighted to be involved in the IOC and it brings significant benefits for many of our members.
“However, at this stage, there are no plans to apply for cricket’s return to the programme of events.”

Cricket was part of the 1900 Olympics in Paris, when a team from Devon and Somerset Wanderers, representing Britain, beat the French Athletic Club Union in a 12-a-side, one-day, two innings-a-team match. With the match billed as part of the 1900 Universal Exposition, neither side realised they were competing in the Olympics. The match was only retrospectively formally recognised as being an Olympic contest in 1912, when the IOC met to compile the definitive list of all events in the five modern Olympiads up to that point.

Cricket has never appeared in the Olympic Games since but is due to be part of the programme at this year’s Asian Games in Guangzhou, China, and has featured in the Commonwealth Games as recently as 1998.

The Sports Hub: On Youtube

December 10, 2009

SportAccord, the representative of institutional sport worldwide that groups together 104 world sports governing bodies, announced a partnership with YouTube. The agreement serves as the initial step toward the creation of The Sports Hub, an Internet destination that will be a unique, comprehensive multi-sport platform where people around the globe can turn for a single access point to all sports.

The Sports Hub portal will include a series of sub-channels organized by sport and discipline. The structure will make it easy for sports enthusiasts to discover videos of popular favourites like swimming, ski or cycling, as well those of sports growing in popularity like surfing, climbing or floorball. Many of the ARISF Member Federations will join the platform.

In addition, The Sports Hub will showcase Paralympic sports and multi-sports games, such as The World Games or the SportAccord Combat Games. Content will include top matches, competitions, key interviews, backstage moments, educational content and more.

A fully customized look and feel will empower Federations to leverage The Sports Hub for promotion as well as cross promotion of their sports since they will be grouped by categories (e.g. ball, racquet or water sports).

YouTube’s social features will enable people to rate videos in SportAccord channels, discuss them via text comments and video responses, and post them with the click of a button to social networks where they can be discovered by both existing and new fans. SportAccord will use Content ID, YouTube’s content management tools, to protect, promote and monetize its content online and make sure that it is accessible for all in the best quality possible for viewers around the world.

Hein Verbruggen, President of SportAccord, said, “This is an amazing opportunity for our Members and sports to enhance their presence online, thus getting more exposure. The Sports Hub will also offer an appealing one-stop-shop to all sports fans”.

Chad Hurley, co-founder and CEO of YouTube, added: “SportAccord’s members have a wealth of high quality video and we’re pleased to deepen our relationship with SportAccord in the spirit of bringing even more sports content to YouTube,” said Mr. Hurley. “We are confident that The Sports Hub will create new promotion opportunities for a wide variety of associations and enable them to reach both existing and new sports fans around the world with their content.”

The Sports Hub will be launched in spring 2010.

Squash: Olympic Quest Continues

December 7, 2009

World Squash Federation President N. Ramachandran has expressed his confidence that, despite losing out on a place in the 2016 Olympic Games, squash is highly regarded by the International Olympic Committee.

Mr Ramachandran, accompanied by WSF Secretary General George Mieras, met IOC President Jacques Rogge and Christophe Dubi, IOC Sports Director, on 3 December in Lausanne to review the sport’s position on becoming an Olympic medal sport.

Invited by President Rogge to give his views on the recent bid and the future, President Ramachandran said he wished to speak plainly about the acute sense of disappointment felt by the entire squash community at the outcome of the 2009 bid.

Ramachandran stressed, however, that this was now in the past and that the most important message to convey was the wish of squash to try again, to seek advice from the IOC as to what might be needed and foster the good relations built up still further. 

The IOC President welcomed the plain speaking: “Mr President, I like your style,” responded Rogge.

Dr Rogge was adamant that the 2009 bid process had been utterly clear since the July 2007 Guatemala IOC Session and that criticisms of the IOC in this respect were misplaced.  He, too, though wished to move on and welcomed very much the commitment of squash to continue to try.

The IOC President outlined the process ahead:  a list of International Federations of quality to be included in the next bid in 2013 would be established by the IOC in 2011, and would include the core sport to be dropped.

“We were very pleased to learn from the President that Squash will be on that list,” said Ramachandran. 

President Rogge then asked Mr Dubi to give squash an idea of areas in which the sport’s case might be strengthened. “We received some very clear advice relating in particular to development of the game worldwide and broadcasting,” said the WSF President.

“An offer of help by the IOC was made, and gratefully accepted, and the WSF Management Committee will immediately set about planning our strategy for these next years – in association, of course, with PSA and WISPA, building on the vital unity established during the 2009 campaign,” added Ramachandran. 

At the conclusion of the meeting President Ramachandran was delighted when President Rogge accepted his invitation to visit the new state-of-the-art squash facilities in Delhi whilst at the Commonwealth Games next October.

President Ramachandran was pleased with the outcome of the Lausanne session:  “It was one of the most satisfactory meetings I have attended.

“We have clear guidance.  Furthermore, I believe that we are highly regarded as a sport, scoring highly in most key criteria – including universality and the commitment of the athletes to our becoming an IOC medal Sport.

“I truly believe that we can now progress our case further, giving us a real chance of success.  In my time as President, we shall do everything possible to ensure that we achieve this,” concluded Ramachandran.

Athletes Commission – A Prerequiste

December 2, 2009

After attending the 2009 Olympic Congress in Copenhagen, DEN, ARISF Vice-President Carlos Freitag writes about the importance of an Athletes Commission in the governance of all sports – and within the democratic structures of every International Sports Federation.

One of the main issues discussed at the last IOC Congress in Copenhagen concerned the Athletes Commissions of all IFs. Frankie Fredericks, as Chair of the Athletes Commission of the IOC, presented a very important lecture about what the IOC expects from athletes, and about what athletes have to do in order to be more involved and active at all the different levels of governance in their sport.

From Frankie Frederick’s presentation it was clear that the athletes, who are the heart of every sport, should receive all-out support from clubs, national and international federations (IFs) and, of course, also from the Olympic Movement. IFs need to allow the athletes to be able to make a major contribution to a sport by raising their profiles. The athletes should also be encouraged to play an integral and important role in the organisation and the development of their sport.

It was confirmed that the athletes have to be included within the decision-making structures of the IFs through an empowered Athletes Commission, and that the athletes should have full voting rights in the IF Council.

Another important matter raised during the lecture was the fight against doping.  There can be no doubt that this should be an absolute priority for sport. IFs have to fight for zero tolerance in that respect. Equally, the athletes and their representatives should contribute to ensure that cheating has no place in sport.  In addition, IFs must maintain the highest ethical and sporting standards and fight for the sport and its athletes to benefit from fair play at all levels.

It is also important to consider and protect the physical and psychological health of all athletes, and specific attention must be given to athletes with disabilities.

Frankie Fredericks proposed that all IFs involved in the Olympic Movement should develop and implement a “Standard Code of Conduct,” as well as the appropriate licensing systems, in order to protect the rights of athletes with regards to agents, managers and sponsors.

It was also suggested that high priority should be given to develop an accessible and user-friendly channel for athletes to disseminate and share information on a regular basis.

The IOC again reaffirmed that all IFs should establish Commissions in charge of matters relating to coaches, trainers and the athletes.  The IOC also reaffirmed its strong opposition to the athletes changing their nationalities and passports.

Find below a brief bullet-point synopsis of the most important suggestions coming out of Copenhagen Olympic Congress in relation to an IF Athletes Commission:

  • Athletes have to be represented in all federations with a voice and a vote.
  • It is vital to reinforce the fight against doping.
  • The athletes have to be integrated into the board (Council) and they have to be aware of what is happening around them.
  • Sport should be a universal language which unites people and makes bridges for the future.
  • The main objectives of all sports which have to be defended by all athletes are excellence, friendship and respect.
  • The athletes have to work by the Code of Ethics and Conduct and have to fight for a “Clean Sport” in every respect.

Carlos Freitag, ARISF Vice-President

November 2009

ARISF: United by a passion for sport

November 12, 2009

ARISF: United by a passion for sport.

View the new brochure, click on the link above!

New ARISF Brochure

November 10, 2009

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The new 16-page brochure of the Association of IOC Recognised International Sports Federations (ARISF) has been printed. Copies of the informative leaflet (DIN A4, horizontal) will now go to all National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and to governmental sports authorities.

As ARISF is campaigning to have the recognised sports integrated into the structures which govern sports at the national level, the brochure conveys important messages to NOCs and governmental authorities:

  1. Recognised sports belong to the global sporting family.
  2. Recognised sports are an integral part of the Olympic Movement.
  3. Recognised sports contribute to the diversity, to the internationality and to the timelessness of the sporting landscape.
  4. Millions of athletes across the planet practise recognised sports.
  5. View the new ARISF brochure: United by a passion for sport

IOC President Rogge on Golf and Rugby

November 3, 2009

Following the XIII Olympic Congress and the 121st IOC Session, the IOC President talks about the new sports on the programme of the 2016 and 2020 Olympic Games: rugby sevens and golf. What made them the obvious choice for the Executive Board in August, and then for the IOC members on 9 October?

IOC Granted Observer Status at UN

October 26, 2009

moonThe International Olympic Committee (IOC) has been granted observer status by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly on 19 October. This decision pays tribute to the IOC’s efforts to contribute to the achievement of the UN Millennium Development Goals. By using sport as a tool, the IOC and its partners implement various activities across the globe in fields such as humanitarian assistance, peace-building, education, gender equality, environment and the fight against HIV/AIDS.

“This is a huge recognition of the role sport can play in contributing to a better and more peaceful world,” said IOC President Jacques Rogge. “The Olympic values clearly match the UN’s philosophy. The decision further strengthens the partnership between the IOC and the UN system,” he added. The IOC already works with a wide array of UN specialised agencies and organisations around the world to benefit young people and communities.

Rogge thanked Mario Pescante, IOC Vice-President and Chairman of the IOC International Relations Commission, who, through the Italian government, was instrumental in putting the proposal for an IOC observer seat on the table. On behalf of the IOC President, Mario Pescante was on the spot in New York today, where he was joined by IOC members Anita DeFrantz and HSH Prince Albert II, Sovereign Prince of Monaco, who, as Head of the Monegasque delegation at the UN General Assembly, took the floor and said: “In inviting the International Olympic Committee to take part in its work, the General Assembly recognises the symbol of a Movement that defends an ideal of human progress and promotes a peaceful society and one which is concerned with preserving human dignity.”

At the same time, the UN General Assembly also adopted the Olympic Truce Resolution for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games, which will take place from 12 to 28 February and from 12 to 21 March 2010 respectively. Through this Resolution, the UN invites its member States to observe and promote peace before, during and after the Games in order to protect the interests of athletes and sport in general, and to contribute, through sport, to the search for peaceful and diplomatic solutions to the world’s conflicts.

Entitled “Building a peaceful and better world through sport and the Olympic ideal,” the Resolution was introduced by Canada on behalf of the IOC. The document also refers to the Youth Olympic Games which will take place for the first time from 14 to 26 August 2010 in Singapore, and which aim to inspire young people around the world to participate in sport and adopt and live by the Olympic values.