The CSIT as international multi-sports organisation is based on the ideas of the international labour movement: equality and solidarity in sports. CSIT was founded 1913 in Ghent/Belgium and re-established after the 2nd World War in the year 1946. CSIT's 100th Anniversary was celebrated in Brussels and Ghent/Belgium 2013.
Members coming from Africa, America, Asia & Europe
During the last decade the CSIT has been growing quite fast to a world wide organisation with 43 national member unions from 36 countries, 3 continental member unions and approx. 230 million individual memberships today. Within the world of international sport, the CSIT maintains its support for everyone to benefit from sporting activities regardless of their qualifications, talent, nationality, age, sex and social circumstances.
The CSIT actually works in good co-operation with the IOC (International Olympic Committee), SportAccord (United Sports Federations), ICSSPE (International Council of Sport and Physical Education), EFPM (European Fair Play Movement), ISCA (International Sport and Culture Association), WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency), TAFISA (The Association for International Sport for All), FICEP (Fédération Internationale Catholique Education Physique et Sportive), AISTS (International Academy of Sport Science and Technology), IWG (International Working Group on Women and Sport) and ENGSO (European Non-Governmental Sports Organisation).
The obligations of the CSIT are becoming increasingly important in these terms, when commercialisation and the lack of facilities and economic resources are reducing sports to passive entertainment for the vast majority of people.
The CSIT is an organisation which aims at promoting and broadening workers' & amateurs' sport activities and thus develop into a world-wide movement. All these activities will support our aspirations for democracy, solidarity and improving the quality of life through sport. This movement should encompass all sports federations and hence will be able to provide better opportunities for varied physical exercise for all citizens.
The CSIT stands for the promotion of tolerance, respect, fair play, friendship, intercultural dialog and integration through sport. A policy of 'zero tolerance' towards violence, fanatic behavior and racism is pursued.
The Spirit of CSIT
The main highlight of the CSIT are the "World Sports Games", an unique major sports event for a couple of thousand workers and amateurs every two years, where the incomparable "Spirit of CSIT" can be experienced.
There are equal pillars for CSIT sportswomen and sportsmen:
- CSIT World Sports Games,
- CSIT Single Championships,
- International Tournaments,
- International Festivals and
- Sport for All-activities,
- International Projects,
- Health and Fitness Activities.