The international federations of sport climbing, surfing, and skate sports have been given full membership status of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF).
Full membership was confirmed for each of the International Federation of Sport Climbing, the International Surfing Association, and World Skate yesterday (May 31) at the 47th ASOIF general assembly, with the total number of members currently 33.
All those sports will feature at the Los Angeles 2028 Olympic Games.
The ASOIF members also approved the revenue share scheme for summer sporting federations at the Paris 2024 Olympics. This will be applied to the final total income figure, which will be decided by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) following next year’s Olympics.
At both the Tokyo 2020 and Rio 2016 Olympics, $540 million of IOC revenue was split among the various ASOIF members. The IOC customarily distributes 90% of broadcasting and sponsorship income to the international sports movement.
The trio of international federations mentioned above need to appear in three successive Olympics before they can receive a share of these revenues.
After Tokyo, 27 sports federations were split into five groups to split the revenue between them. The most money went to athletics, gymnastics, and aquatics, while the lowest levels were received by golf, modern pentathlon, and rugby.
The five revenue groups are decided through six criteria (mostly measuring visibility and audience numbers generated by each sport throughout an Olympics) laid down by the IOC.
Francesco Ricci Bitti, ASOIF’s president, told members at the council meeting: “After this negotiation ends, it is very clear that new criteria should be implemented. The evolution of the Olympic movement, with sports coming in and sports going out, creates problems to manage this system of distribution because the picture changes every four years.
“We need to ask the IOC to tackle a new system for the future and criteria with new sports included. New sports have a big advantage when they become Olympic sports, but to become a new sport they have to invest heavily, so they deserve to be compensated.”
He added: “The IOC should set up a working group with us to discuss the future [in terms of revenue distribution], which cannot be the same as now because of new sports coming in.”
In addition, Petra Sorling (International Table Tennis Federation) was elected as an ASOIF council member for the first time at the general assembly. Ingmar De Dos (International Equestrian Federation) and Morinari Watanabe (International Gymnastics Federation) were re-elected for a second term of office.
Sorling has succeeded Marisol Casado from World Triathlon, who has now finished her final term as a council member.
Other steps taken at the council included formal agreement on specific changes to the ASOIF statutes.
One of the changes entails the possibility for an incumbent ASOIF president to “complete the respective term of office and be renominated even if he or she ceases to have a role within the executive body” of their international federation.
There was also an update on the upcoming review (a fifth) of international federation governance, to be launched in October by the ASOIF Governance Task Force. This assessment will “include substantial changes to its methodology.”
The fourth governance review was published last June.