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GAISF was founded as General Assembly of the International Sports Federations in 1967.

It is an Association composed of autonomous and independent International Sports Federations and other International Sport and event-related organisations.

GAISF’s vision is to present a united voice of sport in support of the Olympic ideals and of the Olympic movement and promote sport at every level and in every corner of the world, from grassroots to elite, wherever its members have national organizations and events.

The Mission of GAISF has remained the same since its inception, that is to serve and represent the common interests of all International Federations and coordinate the efforts of all those that aspire to become IOC recognised and, eventually, wish to enter the Olympic Program.

In particular, the objectives of GAISF are

  1. To facilitate and promote knowledge-sharing and exchange of information between its members.
  2. To support the organisation of the annual SportAccord and IF Forum.
  3. To develop specific services for its Members.
  4. To organise and coordinate multi-sports events and support the organisation of multi-sports games by its Members.

The GAISF members are grouped into:

ASOIF and AIOWF for those that are on the Olympic Summer and Winter Program, ARISF for those IFs that are recognized by the IOC, AIMS for those IFs that are not yet in any of the other groupings and the Associate Members group brings together all associated members which are sport and sport-related organisations that organise events or support sport in various capacities.

GAISF is administered by a Council of 9 people, coming from each of the five mentioned groups. The office is located at Maison du Sport, Lausanne, Switzerland

Click here to access the composition of the Council