IOC Recognised International Sports Federations
To be recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), an International Sports Federation (IF) must comply with a stringent set of criteria.
These criteria comprise universality, popularity, governance, athlete welfare and development. Before an IF can be considered by the IOC, the sport it governs must be practised and organised in more than 50 countries worldwide. Furthermore, the federation must
- have an anti-doping policy which is compliant with the World Anti-Doping Agency;
- stage regular world and continental championships;
- be committed to youth development;
- have robust and independent governance structures.
Olympic Charter Rules 26 and 27 govern the recognition of an IF by the IOC. Rules 29 and 30 address the recognition of the IFs' member national federations by the National Olympic Committees.
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