The Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) designed to strengthen the ties between the two organisations and mark a new era of cooperation.
The MoU was signed by IOC president Thomas Bach and GAISF president Patrick Baumann at the opening of the ongoing International Federations Forum in the Olympic Capital of Lausanne, Switzerland.
The closer alignment between the two bodies is intended to emphasise the IOC's renewed commitment to the international federations (IFs). Since Bach unveiled Olympic Agenda 2020, the IOC has given greater responsibility and authority to the IFs, including in the nomination of new sports to the Olympic programme and in the bidding process to host Olympic Games.
The announcement also marks the closure of a months-long transition period in which GAISF has returned to its former moniker - having been known as SportAccord between 2009 and April of this year - after the 2016 election of Baumann as its president. Baumann was also elected president of the SportAccord Convention earlier this year, replacing Francesco Ricci Bitti.
“This is a milestone in our partnership with GAISF and the international federations," said Bach.
“We are appreciative of this new form of cooperation which is in the spirit of sport and will definitely help all the IFs and the IOC as well. It is a two-way street. GAISF will offer a new quality of services to which we will contribute as much as we can, and we are looking forward that.