Global Association of International Sports Federations

Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) is the umbrella organisation for all (Olympic and non-Olympic) international sports federations as well as organisers of multi-sports games and sport-related international associations.[1][2] It changed its name to SportAccord from March 2009 to April 2017 when it reverted to its former name. GAISF is an international sport organisation with 95 full members (international sports federations governing specific sports worldwide) and 20 associate members (organisations which conduct activities closely related to the international sports federations).[2]

Global Association of International Sports Federations
Formation1967; 54 years ago (1967)
TypeSports organization
HeadquartersLausanne, Switzerland
95 full members and
20 associate members.
Official language
English, French
Raffaele Chiulli

GAISF Council

The council is composed of a president, two vice-presidents, a treasurer and five members.

DesignationNameCountrySport Federation
PresidentDr. Raffaele Chiulli ItalyInternational Powerboating Federation
Vice-President Mr. Stephan Fox Germany/ AustraliaInternational Federation of Muaythai Amateur
TreasurerMrs. Marisol Casado SpainInternational Triathlon Union
Council MembersMr. Gian-Franco Kasper  SwitzerlandInternational Ski Federation
Mr. Riccardo Fraccari ItalyWorld Baseball Softball Confederation
Ms. Kate Caithness Scotland/ United KingdomWorld Curling Federation
Mr. Nenad Lalović SerbiaUnited World Wrestling
Mr. José Perurena López SpainInternational Canoe Federation

Mission and values

GAISF is the umbrella organisation for both Olympic and non-Olympic international sports federations, as well as organisers of international sporting events. In this role it provides expertise in, for example, anti-doping, integrity and social responsibility. By establishing multi-sports games that group together similar sports, GAISF aims to promote the members and the members' visibility.[3]


Member international federations can be either full or associate members of GAISF.[4]


GAISF is deeply rooted in the sports movement. As early as 1921, international sports federations (IFs) expressed the need for a representative of their common objectives and interests. Under the direction of Paul Rousseau, Secretary General of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), a permanent bureau of the IFs was established to facilitate dialogue with the Olympic authorities.[citation needed]

In 1967, 26 international sports federations met in Lausanne, agreed on the need to increase permanent liaisons, and adopted the name, “General Assembly of International Sports Federations”. In order to establish a more formalised organisation, the “General Association of International Sports Federations" (GAISF) was formed in 1976, and the headquarters were moved to Monaco two years later.

The new millennium brought important changes to the organisation. Reacting to the increasing pressure on IFs to professionalise and develop, GAISF, in collaboration with the Associations of Summer and Winter Olympic International Federations (ASOIF and AIOWF), launched the first SportAccord International Convention in 2003. This new format “by sport for sport” allowed IFs and sports business to get together, share knowledge and network.

In March 2009, GAISF was rebranded SportAccord and, in the same year, its offices moved from Monaco to Lausanne, the Olympic capital. SportAccord adopted the motto "Unite & Support" with the aim to serve and promote its members. Its ambition is to provide high-quality services and expertise in areas that are of most importance to its members.

In April 2017, following the former president Marius Vizer's controversial attack against IOC president Thomas Bach during the opening SportAccord's 2015 convention in Sochi and his subsequent resignation, the organisation rebranded back to GAISF under its new president Patrick Baumann.[5]

In May 2019, Raffaele Chiulli was unanimously elected as GAISF President in Gold Coast, Australia


As early as 1921, under the direction of Paul Rousseau, Secretary General of the “Union Cycliste Internationale”, a permanent bureau of the international sports federations (IFs) was created. With regular IFs/IOC meetings taking place, dialogue with the Olympic authorities became easier. However, organisations that were not part of the Olympic movement were excluded.


In the 1960s, the sports movement evolved rapidly. Roger Coulon, President of the “Fédération Internationale de Lutte Amateur”, was the first to express the need for a wider recognition of the role of IFs. For non-Olympic federations, a forum that would enable them to better express their points of view was necessary. The creation of a stable organisation ensuring permanent relations between IFs appeared to be the logical continuation of their meetings, which had taken place frequently but without rules or a fixed organisation. The common preparation of these meetings with the IOC could thus be better supported. It also permitted a constant liaison between the IFs and the general population. In 1966, the time seemed appropriate, and the conversion to the newly constituted Assembly was launched.


On 21–23 April 1967, delegates from the following 26 international sports federations met in Lausanne in the Hotel Continental: Aeronautics, Rowing, Basketball, Bobsleigh, Boules, Canoeing, Cycling, Equestrian, Fencing, Gymnastics, Handball, Hockey, Ice Hockey, Judo, Luge, Wrestling, Motorcycling, Swimming, Modern Pentathlon, Roller Skating, Skiing, Shooting, Volleyball, Weightlifting, University Sport, and Maccabi.

The delegates agreed on the necessity to establish permanent liaisons between the IFs for the defence of their objectives and common goals, the preservation of their autonomy, and constant exchange of information. The name “General Assembly of International Sports Federations” was adopted.

In 1976, this name was replaced by “General Association of International Sports Federations” (GAISF). In 1978, the office moved from Lausanne to Monaco. GAISF represented the extension of the past meetings of the IFs, dealing not only with Olympic matters, but also with all questions of common interest for the IFs.


In 2003, in collaboration with ASOIF and AIOWF, GAISF launched the first SportAccord Convention to answer a need of the IFs, which were looking for a “one-stop shop” where they could hold their annual meetings, be encouraged to network and share their knowledge.

In March 2009, GAISF was rebranded SportAccord at the meeting of the 7th SportAccord International Convention in Denver. In April 2009, it moved its main office from Monaco to Maison du Sport International in Lausanne, Switzerland.[6]

On 25 May 2012, the last of eight days of the annual General Assembly of SportAccord in Quebec City, the Federation of International Lacrosse and the International Mind Sports Association were accepted, bringing the number of SportAccord members to 107.[7]

On 31 May 2013, the last of eight days of the annual General Assembly of SportAccord in Saint Petersburg, the International Cheer Union and the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile were voted into SportAccord.[8]

On 20 April 2015, at SportAccord's 2015 convention in Sochi, SportAccord president Marius Vizer made a speech that was sharply critical of the IOC and its president, Thomas Bach. Following the speech, the IAAF, the ISSF, and World Archery withdrew from SportAccord in protest,[9] and there were a number of further withdrawals in May 2015, including the International Rowing Federation.[10]

At the 2017 convention in Aarhus, Federation Internationale du Sport Universitaire (FISU) and Federation of International Bandy (FIB) became full members[11] and SportAccord was renamed GAISF.

By the end of 2018, The World ArmWrestling Federation (WAF) was the new addition to the GAISF Full Member List along with 4 Associate Members – World Olympics Association, International Sports Press Association, World Union of Olympic Cities and World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry

Member federations

# Sport Logo Organisation Acronym Founded Membership
1Aikido International Aikido Federation IAF1976
2Air sports Fédération Aéronautique Internationale FAI1905
3American football International Federation of American Football IFAF1998
4Aquatics Federation Internationale de Natation FINA1908
5Archery[12] World Archery Federation WA1931
6Armwrestling World Armwrestling Federation WAF1977
7Athletics[12] International Association of Athletics Federations IAAF1912
8Automobile racing Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile FIA1904
9Badminton Badminton World Federation BWF1934
10Bandy Federation of International Bandy FIB1955
11Baseball and softball World Baseball Softball Confederation WBSC2013
12Basketball Federation Internationale de Basketball FIBA1932
13Basque pelota Federación Internacional de Pelota Vasca FIPV1929
14Biathlon International Biathlon Union IBU1993
15Billiard sports World Confederation of Billiards Sports WCBS1992
16Bobsleigh International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation IBSF1923
17Bodybuilding International Federation of Bodybuilding & Fitness IFBB1946
18Boules Confédération Mondiale des Sports de Boules CMSB1985
19Bowling World Bowling WB1952
20Boxing International Boxing Association AIBA1946
21Bridge World Bridge Federation WBF1958
22Canoeing International Canoe Federation ICF1946
23Casting International Casting Sport Federation ICSF1955
24Cheer International Cheer Union ICU2004
25Chess International Chess Federation FIDE1924
26Climbing & Mountaineering Union Internationale des Associations d'Alpinisme UIAA1932
27Cricket International Cricket Council ICC1909
28Curling World Curling Federation WCF1966
29Cycling Union Cycliste Internationale UCI1900
30DanceSport World DanceSport Federation WDSF1957
31Darts World Darts Federation WDF1974
32Dragon Boat International Dragon Boat Federation IDBF1991
33Draughts Fédération Mondiale du Jeu de Dames FMJD1947
34Equestrian sports Fédération Équestre Internationale FEI1921
35Fencing Fédération Internationale d'Escrime FIE1913
36Fistball International Fistball Association IFA1960
37Floorball International Floorball Federation IFF1986
38Flying disc World Flying Disc Federation WFDF1985
39Football Fédération Internationale de Football Association FIFA1904
40Go International Go Federation IGF1982
41Golf International Golf Federation IGF1958
42Gymnastics Federation Internationale de Gymnastique FIG1881
43Handball International Handball Federation IHF1946
44Field hockey International Hockey Federation FIH1924
45Ice hockey International Ice Hockey Federation IIHF1908
46Ice stock sport International Federation Icestocksport IFI1975
47Judo International Judo Federation IJF1951
48Ju-Jitsu Ju-Jitsu International Federation JJIF1977
49Karate World Karate Federation WKF1970
50Kendo International Kendo Federation FIK1970
51Kickboxing World Association of Kickboxing Organisations WAKO1976
52Korfball International Korfball Federation IKF1963
53Lacrosse World Lacrosse WL2008
54Lifesaving International Life Saving Federation ILS1993
55Luge Fédération Internationale de Luge de Course FIL1957
56Minigolf World Minigolf Sport Federation WMF1963
57Modern pentathlon Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne UIPM1912
58Motorcycle racing Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme FIM1904
59Muaythai International Federation of Muaythai Amateur IFMA1993
60Netball International Federation of Netball Associations IFNA1960
61Orienteering International Orienteering Federation IOF1961
62Polo Federation of International Polo FIP1983
63Powerboating Union Internationale Motonautique UIM1927
64Powerlifting International Powerlifting Federation IPF1971
65Racquetball International Racquetball Federation IRF1950
66Roller sports Fédération Internationale de Roller Sports FIRS1924
67Rowing Fédération Internationale des Sociétés d'Aviron FISA1892
68Rugby union World Rugby WR1886
69Sailing International Sailing Federation ISAF1907
70Sambo Fédération Internationale de Sambo FIAS1992
71Savate Federation Internationale de Savate FISav1992
72Sepaktakraw International Sepaktakraw Federation ISTAF1988
73Shooting sport[12] International Shooting Sport Federation ISSF1907
74Skating International Skating Union ISU1892
75Skiing Fédération Internationale de Ski FIS1924
76Ski mountaineering International Ski Mountaineering Federation ISMF2008
77Sleddog International Federation of Sleddog Sports IFSS1992
78Soft tennis International Soft Tennis Federation ISTF1999
79Sport climbing International Federation of Sport Climbing IFSC2007
80Sports fishing Confédération Internationale de la Pêche Sportive CIPS1952
81Squash World Squash Federation WSF1967
82Sumo International Sumo Federation IFS1992
83Surfing International Surfing Association ISA1964
84Table tennis International Table Tennis Federation ITTF1926
85Taekwondo World Taekwondo WT1973
86Tennis International Tennis Federation ITF1913
International Federation of Teqball FITEQ2017
88Triathlon International Triathlon Union ITU1989
89Tug of war Tug of War International Federation TWIF1960
90Underwater sports Confédération Mondiale des Activités Subaquatiques CMAS1959
91University Sports
Fédération Internationale du Sport Universitaire FISU1949
92Volleyball Fédération Internationale de Volleyball FIVB1947
93Waterskiing International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation IWWF1955
94Weightlifting International Weightlifting Federation IWF1905
95Wrestling United World Wrestling UWW1912
96Wushu International Wushu Federation IWUF1990

Associate members




The GAISF Observer Status can be requested by the Applicants to GAISF Membership interested to obtain support and guidance in their path to fulfil the GAISF Membership Criteria.

World Dodgeball Association
Federation for International FootGolf
International Union of Kettlebell Lifting
International Federation of Match Poker
International Pole Sports Federation
International Table Soccer Federation
Rugby League International Federation
International Practical Shooting Confederation
International Padel Federation
International Rafting Federation
International Jump Rope Union
Federation International de Sand et Land Yachting

List of GAISF presidents

President Member of Duration
W Berge Phillips FINA 1967–1969
Thomas Keller FISA 1969–1986
Un Yong Kim WTF 1986–2004
Hein Verbruggen UCI 2004–2013
Marius Vizer IJF 2013–2015
Gian-Franco Kasper FIS 2015–2016
Patrick Baumann FIBA 2016–2018

Current organizational structure

President Vice President Interim Manager
Raffaele Chiulli Stephan Fox Nis Hatt



Originally launched in 2003, SportAccord World Sport & Business Summit is a gathering of more than 1,500 leading representatives from the sports industry. SportAccord is focused on driving positive change internationally and dedicated to engaging and connecting; international federations, rights holders, organising committees, cities, press and media, businesses and other organisations involved in the development of sport.

SportAccord is a not-for-profit organisation which annually brings together representatives from more than 100 International Sports Federations affiliated with the following umbrella organisations that host their Annual General Assemblies at SportAccord. Our event is an international sport convention hosted over a week, combining an exhibition area, a themed conference programme and a multitude of networking events.

SportAccord’s stakeholders include: ASOIF (Association of Summer Olympic International Federations), AIOWF (Association of International Olympic Winter Sports Federations), ARISF (Association of IOC Recognised International Sports Federations), AIMS (Alliance of Independent Recognised Members of Sport), GAISF (Global Association of International Sports Federations) and Associate Members. In addition, SportAccord receives the full support of the IOC (International Olympic Committee).[13]

SAIC Dates Host City
1st 12–16 May 2003 Madrid, Spain
2nd 15–20 May 2004 Lausanne, Switzerland (#1)[14]
3rd 16–20 April 2005 Berlin, Germany
4th 3–7 April 2006 Seoul, South Korea[15]
5th 22–27 April 2007 Beijing, China (#1)[16]
6th 2–6 June 2008 Athens, Greece[17][18][19]
7th 23–27 March 2009[20][21] Denver, United States[22][23]
8th 20–25 April 2010[24] Dubai, United Arab Emirates[25][26]
9th 3–8 April 2011[27] London, United Kingdom[28][29]
10th 20–25 May 2012[30] Quebec City, Canada[31][32]
11th 26–31 May 2013[33] Saint Petersburg, Russia[34]
12th 6–11 April 2014[35] Belek, Turkey[36]
13th 19–24 April 2015[37] Sochi, Russia[38]
14th 17–22 April 2016 Lausanne, Switzerland (#2)[39]
15th 2–7 April 2017 Aarhus, Denmark[40]
16th 15–20 April 2018 Bangkok, Thailand[41]
17th 5–10 May 2019 Gold Coast, Australia[42]
18th 23–28 May 2021 Yekaterinburg, Russia [43]

See also

Notes and references

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