IFSC Attends the ASOIF Governance Workshop in Lausanne, Switzerland

Summer and Winter Olympic International Federations (IFs) gathered in Lausanne, Switzerland, on 8th October, for the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) Governance Workshop. IFSC President Marco Maria Scolaris and Francesca Jengo, IFSC Administration Director, joined the workshop in the process of improving governance within the IFSC.

Ingmar De Vos, President of the International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI) and member of the ASOIF Council, the ASOIF Governance Task Force and the International Olympic Committee (IOC), welcomed over 60 participants to the workshop. The meeting unfolded with group discussions surrounding transparency and conflicts of interest and of loyalty, before IF delegates shared and came up with case study scenarios.

This was also an opportunity for ASOIF to provide updates on the third IF governance self-assessment, which all ASOIF Members are expected to submit by mid-January 2020. The questionnaire aims at raising awareness amongst IFs on the status of their governance, as well as improving existing IF structures.

“As often repeated during the workshop, we must not see governance as a burden, but as an opportunity. The IFSC is a young and rapidly evolving IF: hearing how more established and experienced federations tackle governance is important and can only help Sport Climbing to reach new heights as we continue on our Olympic journey,” says IFSC President Marco Scolaris.

He adds: “We have got once again the message: meeting high standards as an organisation is our duty and our goal. This process will encourage National Member Federations to proceed in the same direction.”

The workshop concluded with an overview of developments within the International Partnership Against Corruption in Sport (IPACS), from IOC Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer Pâquerette Girard Zappelli.

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