— Published 22 June 2022

International federations are making progress


Progressing, but can do better. This is, in essence, the conclusion of the fourth ASOIF (Association of Summer Olympic International Federations) survey on the governance of international federations. It reveals that “almost all” the bodies have improved their performance since the last evaluation, particularly in the area of transparency (32 international federations have published audited accounts). However, there is still a long way to go, particularly in terms of setting up “control mechanisms”. The ASOIF survey, unveiled on Tuesday 21 June, points to collective progress in the “development” department, proof of an effort on sustainability and social responsibility. But the ambition of gender parity, brandished by the IOC as a priority, is far from having been achieved. Only three international federations have at least 40% women on their board (compared to one in 2019-20). And five have less than 15% (compared to eight in the last survey). Finally, the trend towards shorter terms of office seems to be continuing: 27 of the 33 ASOIF member bodies that responded to the survey have put in place term limits for their elected representatives. Twenty-two (out of 31) did so in 2019-20.