gaisF mEet With wfSgi to discuSs fuTuRe PerspeCtives
Speaking to the Committee on International Sports Organizations (CISO) of WFSGI, GAISF Head of Digital, Pierre Germeau, today delivered a presentation on the growth of the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF), including the emergence of e-sports and multi-sport games in an ever-changing sporting landscape, and the advantages of a .sport extension for organisations across the sports ecosystem.
CISO represents the World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI) as the voice of the industry to all International Federations and organisations. The WFSGI is the world authoritative body for the sports industry officially recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the industry representative within the Olympic family. This meeting marked the first time representatives from the WFSGI had sat down with GAISF since joining as an Associate Member at the General Assembly in Bangkok earlier this year.
As well as providing an overview of GAISF to the committee, Germeau talked of the fundamental role GAISF plays and the initiatives it is taking for the benefit of its members.
This included providing a background to the emergence of the .sport extension, which would offer members of the WFSGI an opportunity to stand out from competitors. A .sport domain provides a sense of trust, reinforcing each organisation’s membership credentials within a global sports eco-system, as well as earmarking each organisation as authentic and improving visibility.
Another key benefit of adopting .sport is that it confers legitimacy and credibility to the purchaser. All domain holders must meet the key criteria established by GAISF before they are accepted for a domain.
Speaking after the conclusion of the meeting, the WFSGI President & CEO, Robbert de Kock commented: “The WFSGI was delighted to welcome Pierre Germeau to our CISO meeting yesterday. WFSGI and its members are always keen to explore ways in which we can develop our relations with the broad range of sport stakeholders for the benefit of the athletes and sport as a whole. Since becoming an Associate Member of GAISF we have been very pleased with the level of engagement and knowledge sharing we have enjoyed with our GAISF colleagues and look forward to building on this in the years to come.”
Germeau added “It was great to spend time with CISO today and discuss the development of sport. GAISF has gone from strength to strength in recent years and we want to support the WFSGI and all our Members by providing new platforms for exciting opportunities.”
“The .sport extension is particularly relevant because it offers organisations a fresh and easily searchable digital brand in an ever-growing, increasingly competitive market. “The unique domain enables organisations from the sporting goods industry to highlight themselves as a trusted and reliable member of a global network.”
Since officially accepting applications for its .sport domains GAISF has seen great enthusiasm, particularly from brands looking to establish their digital presence. The application process will remain open until 6 November, 2018. For more information, please visit: gaisf.sport/sport-initiative/