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 organizations.
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 recognized and, eventually, wish to enter the Olympic Program.
In particular, the objectives of GAISF are:
a) To facilitate and promote knowledge-sharing and exchange of information between its members.
b) To support the organization of the annual GAISF Convention and IF Forum.
c) To develop specific services for its Members.
d) To organize and coordinate multi-sports events and support the organization of multi-sports games by its Members.
The GAISF members are divided into 5 groups: 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. Finally, the 5th group brings together all associated members which are sport and sport-related organization that organize events or support sport in various capacities.
GAISF is administered by a Council of 9 persons elected by the General Assembly, coming from each of the five mentioned stakeholders. Its administration is located in the House of Sport in Lausanne.
The GAISF Council is currently, for its mandate 2016-2020, composed as follows:
- Mr. Raffaele Chiulli – Senior Vice President
- Mr. Stephan Fox – Vice President
- Ms. Marisol Casado – Treasurer
- Mr. Gian Franco Kasper – Member
- Mr. Riccardo Fraccari – Member
- Ms. Kate Caithness – Member
- Mr. Nenad Lalovic – Member
- Mr. Jose Perurena – Member
- Mr. Ingmar de Vos – Member