List of international sport federations

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This is a list of international sports federations, each of which serves as a non-governmental governing body for a given sport and administers its sport at a world level, most often crafting rules, promoting the sport to prospective spectators and fans, developing prospective players, and organizing world or continental championships. Some international sports federations like the International Swimming Federation and the International Skating Union may oversee multiple sports.

International sports federations form an integral part of the Olympic movement. Each Olympic sport is represented by its respective international sport federation, which in turn help administer their respective events during the Games. For a sport to become an Olympic sport, its respective international sport federation must be recognized by the International Olympic Committee.1 Likewise, an international sports federation must be recognized by the International Paralympic Committee for its sport to become a paralympic sport.

Federations recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC)

Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF)

Association of International Olympic Winter Sports Federations (AIOWF)

Association of the IOC Recognised International Sports Federations (ARISF)2

Federations recognized by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC)

There are 11 international federations recognized by the IPC, while the IPC itself serves as the international federation for 9 sports.78

Disability specific organizations

SportAccord (GAISF)

Federations which are members of the IOC (ASOIF, AIOWF and ARISF) are members of SportAccord, formerly known as General Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF).
And furthermore, several other federations which aren't a IOC's member are members of the AGFIS, even if this is not a governing body of a sport.

Other international sport federations

Notes and references

See also








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