The Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) today proposed for approval by the IOC Session six provisionally recognised International Federations (IFs) for full IOC recognition, in accordance with the Olympic Charter.

The IFs concerned are:

  • The International Cheerleading Union (ICU) – provisionally recognised in 2016
  • The International Federation of Muaythai Associations (IFMA) – provisionally recognised in 2016
  • The International Sambo Federation (FIAS) – provisionally recognised in 2018
  • The International Federation Icestocksport (IFI) – provisionally recognised in 2018
  • The World Association of Kickboxing Organisations (WAKO) – provisionally recognised in 2018
  • World Lacrosse (WL) – provisionally recognised in 2018

After the provisional recognition period, these IFs demonstrated that they fulfilled all the requested criteria. Their statutes, practice and activities conform with the Olympic Charter, and they have adopted and implemented the World Anti-Doping Code and the Olympic Movement Code on the Prevention of Manipulation of Competitions.

Furthermore, they all maintain their independence and autonomy in the governance of their sport and meet the criteria outlined in the recognition procedure for summer and winter sports.

Specifically, the procedure requires having a minimum of 50 affiliated national federations for summer IFs and 25 affiliated national federations for winter IFs, from at least three continents, that exercise a specific, tangible and ongoing sports activity in the one or several sports (or disciplines) the IF administers.

Finally, there were no objections from the member federations of any of the IF associations.

The IOC Session, which will meet in Tokyo ahead of the Olympic Games, is set to decide upon the EB’s recommendation.

Raffaele Chiulli, GAISF and ARISF President, stated: “I am delighted with the decision by the IOC EB to propose six International Sport Federations for full recognition to the IOC Session in Tokyo. If approved, they would join the ARISF family which is dedicated to uniting, promoting, representing and supporting its Members in reaching their objectives.”

AIMS President, Stephan Fox stated: “First of all I would like to thank the IOC sports department for their close cooperation over the last years to ensure the development of all sports and certainly ARISF. Certainly, also as the AIMS president and speaking on behalf of the AIMS Council we can be very proud that 6 of our sports and IF’s have been recommended by the IOC Executive Board. Congratulations to each and every IF for this well-deserved achievement.”

He thanked the IOC executive Board lead by President, Thomas Bach, for recognizing the work of each IF is doing to not only being aligned with Olympic charter but also promoting and protecting the Olympic values.