Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) (previously SportAccord) 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.
GAISF members benefit from various services which support an ethical and socially responsible sports movement that adheres to principles of good governance and sustainability. GAISF encourages and facilitates knowledge sharing among members and provides expertise in relevant areas such as anti-doping, social responsibility, integrity and digital media.
By establishing various multi-sports games that group together similar sports, GAISF aim to promote its members and increase their visibility. As an organization, GAISF identifies with the key values of neutrality, transparency and accountability while promoting sport’s ability to contribute to positive change in communities.
GAISF members (as of Oct. 25, 2017):
- 92 Full Members: international sports federations governing specific sports worldwide;
- 17 Associate Members: organizations which conduct activities closely related to the international sports federations.
GAISF is the umbrella organisation for both Olympic and non-Olympic international sports federations as well as organisers of international sporting events and in this case provide expertise in, for example, anti-doping, integrity, social responsibility.
By establishing multi-sports games that group together similar sports, GAISF aims to promote the members and the members visibility.
DEFINITION OF SPORT
GAISF has developed a definition of sport to determine whether an applicant federation qualifies as an international sports federation.
GAISF’s definition of sport is the following definition:
- The sport proposed should include an element of competition.
- The sport should not rely on any element of “luck” specifically integrated into the sport.
- The sport should not be judged to pose an undue risk to the health and safety of its athletes or participants.
- The sport proposed should in no way be harmful to any living creature.
- The sport should not rely on equipment that is provided by a single supplier.
GAISF uses five categories for its member federations’ sports, many of which fall into more than one category:
- Primarily physical (e.g. rugby or athletics)
- Primarily mind (e.g. chess or go)
- Primarily motorized (e.g. Formula One or powerboating)
- Primarily coordination (e.g. billiards)
- Primarily animal-supported (e.g. equestrianism)