IOC Suspends Recognition of SportAccord

June 8, 2015

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has confirmed it is suspending its recognition of SportAccord and withholding funding.

The IOC released a statement yesterday outlining that they will continue their ongoing and direct relationship with the International Federations (IFs) and other members of the Olympic Movement.

The full statement read:

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will continue its ongoing and direct relationship with the International Federations (IFs) and other members of the Olympic Movement. We encourage and support them in all the initiatives being taken to restructure their representation following the serious internal problems of SportAccord.

We have been in contact with many of the IFs and their representative bodies in the last days and we have been advised that they want to take some measures in this respect. We appreciate the discussions among the IFs and are looking forward to receiving the outcome of their deliberations.  We would like to invite the representatives of different groups to further discuss this issue and to come to an agreement among all stakeholders.

We will first wait for their deliberations and consultations to conclude, cough and we are ready to support them and ready to invite the representatives of the different groups, healing including the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) and the Association of International Olympic Winter Sports Federations (AIOWF), case the Association of Recognised International Sports Federations (ARISF),  the Alliance of Independent Members of Sport Accord (AIMS) and the International World Games Association (IWGA), to discuss the restructuring of their agreement for a common approach.

In the meantime, we do not want the clean athletes to suffer in any way from this vacuum. We are offering the IFs concerned all the services and advice in the fight against doping which have been offered so far by SportAccord and financed by the IOC and WADA. We will be making the same offer with regard to good governance as well as on match-fixing and related corruption, and the IOC is ready to provide this support directly. We must ensure that there is not a vacuum during this ongoing process.  

Like many members of SportAccord, we are suspending our recognition and we will withhold our funding until these questions are answered and an agreement between the stakeholders has been reached.

We are awaiting the outcome of the consultations and, when the time is right, we would like to invite these stakeholders here to discuss how services can best be provided in the future to the above-mentioned organisations.

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