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GAISF rebranded as SportAccord

2009-04-02 09:34:00 GAISF

April 1, 2009 - The annual General Assembly of the General Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) concluded the 7th edition of SportAccord sports convention last weekend in Denver (USA). The first SportAccord held in North America saw the participation of more than 100 sports federations and 1'500 delegates.

A main decision taken by GAISF was to rebrand itself. From now on GAISF is to be known as Sportaccord, taking on the name of the annual convention launched by the organization six years ago. GAISF owns 45% of the company staging the event while the remainder is held by the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations and the Association of International Olympic Winter Federations.

The rebranding is intended to make SportAccord better known. It comes with the adoption of a new strategy aimed at strengthening the organization, providing new services, promoting its members, the international sports federations and better leveraging the power of the united federations. Under the new vision for the future, SportAccord becomes more of a commercial venture, organizing and funding events, such as the first edition of the Martial Arts Games organized by the respective thirteen federations in Beijing in 2010, and other activities.

As part of the new strategy, an anti-doping staff position, funded partly by the IOC and WADA, is being created to support compliance with the WADA code among SportAccord's member organizations. FIS President Gian Franco Kasper is the SportAccord council member in charge of anti-doping matters and was instrumental in negotiating a "co-financing" agreement with the IOC and WADA for this purpose in the past week.

The General Assembly also voted to welcome the International Golf Federation as its newest member. IGF is one of the seven sports vying for addition to the 2016 Games.

GAISF meets again under the Sportaccord brand April 30, 2010 in Dubai where the next SportAccord convention will be held. Negotiations are underway to host the 2011 convention in London, the year before the 2012 Olympic Games in the UK capital.