SportAccord is the umbrella organisation for all (Olympic and non-Olympic) international sports federations as well as organisers of multi-sports games and sport-related international associations. SportAccord is an international sport organisation with over 100 full members (international sports federations governing specific sports worldwide) and associate members (organisations which conduct activities closely related to the international sports federations).
SportAccord is the UNION for both Olympic and non-Olympic international sports federations as well as organisers of international sporting events.
SportAccord’s mission is to UNITE and SUPPORT its members in the co-ordination and protection of their common aims and interests, while preserving and respecting their autonomy.
We encourage and facilitate knowledge sharing among members and provide resources and expertise in relevant areas such as anti-doping, integrity, good governance, social responsibility and digital media.
By establishing several premier multi-sports games that group together similar sports, we aim to promote our members and increase their visibility and resources.
As an organisation, we identify with the key values of neutrality, transparency and accountability while promoting sport’s ability to contribute to positive change in society.
DEFINITION OF SPORT
The SportAccord has developed a definition of sport to determine whether an applicant federation qualifies as an international sports federation.
SportAccord’s definition of Sport is the following definition:
- The sport proposed should include an element of competition.
- The sport should not rely on any element of “luck” specifically integrated into the sport.
- The sport should not be judged to pose an undue risk to the health and safety of its athletes or participants.
- The sport proposed should in no way be harmful to any living creature.
- The sport should not rely on equipment that is provided by a single supplier.
SportAccord uses five categories for its member federations’ sports, many of which fall into more than one category:
- Primarily physical (e.g. rugby or athletics)
- Primarily mind (e.g. chess or go)
- Primarily motorised (e.g. Formula One or powerboating)
- Primarily coordination (e.g. billiards)
- Primarily animal-supported (e.g. equestrianism)