May 24, 2019
International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach praised the role of ARISF and congratulated President Raffaele Chiulli at the ARISF General Assembly in Gold Coast.
The two organisations have worked closely over the last 12 months, building synergies and ensuring strong and constructive dialogue and cooperation between ARISF and the IOC.
“ARISF has now grown to 42 International Federations recognised by the IOC. This shows the success of the organisation and the important role it has to play,” Dr Bach said. “I also wish to congratulate ARISF President Chiulli on his leadership at GAISF.”
Five ARISF Members will be additional sports at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. In addition, four ARISF members and sport disciplines were selected as additional sports at the 2018 Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games and four ARISF member disciplines have been proposed as additional sports at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
“A few years ago this was unthinkable,” President Chiulli said. “All these opportunities for ARISF Members, this is something we should be proud of”. “ARISF has to play a key role in supporting its IFs to be included in the Olympic programme, and as the sports landscape changes, we must also adapt. Together, with the cooperation of our members and stakeholders, we can and we will succeed.”
President Chiulli also outlined his vision for ARISF’s new strategic plan, which pledges to position ARISF a services-based organisation. ARISF Council Member Tom Hollowell delivered a report of the ARISF Member Survey, which the Council considered in the strategic plan for 2019-2023.
Participating in the Olympic Games and in multi-sport games, increasing awareness of the sport were three of the main areas ARISF Members perceived to be most important to their organisation.
The 2019-2023 ARISF strategic plan addresses a number of key topics, including clarifying the IOC recognition and Olympic pathway processes for members.
Other important aims of the strategic plan are to support members with regard to governance, athlete representation, increasing the visibility of ARISF and its members, as well as to develop relationships with the key stakeholders of the Olympic Movement, including the IOC, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF).
ARISF and GAISF have now agreed to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), cementing their intention to work efficiently for the benefit of all members.
“ARISF is one the main stakeholder within GAISF,” Chiulli continued. “We are very proud of that, not just because of the number of federations but because of the quality of the work we do together. This agreement will lead to a streamlined operation."
At the ARISF General Assembly, which was honoured by the presence of IOC President Thomas Bach, ASOIF President Francesco Ricci-Bitti and WADA President Sir Craig Reedie also gave interesting contributions to the General Assembly.