The Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) 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.
CSIT will be represented by its President Bruno Molea on the GAISF Council, one of the most important bodies in international sport. Molea stood for election in an online meeting and won with 56 against 44 percent of the votes against Robbert de Kock, President of the World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WSFGI). For CSIT, this admission to the GAISF Board is a milestone in its more than 100-year history.
In a first statement, Bruno Molea expressed his delight: "I am very happy that GAISF has placed this trust in me and that CSIT has been given the opportunity to participate in this important board and to discuss and implement important topics in sport. The CSIT has been a member of GAISF since 1973 and is recognized by IOC since 1986. It means a lot to us and to me personally and I would like to take this opportunity and express my gratitude. Thank you very much, the elections are over and we have to work now!"
Already in his introduction speech, Bruno Molea stressed the importance of intensive cooperation: "There are three key words for my candidacy: cooperation, activeness and competitiveness. I think that as CSIT we need to change our strategy as an associate member of GAISF, considering two levels of change: an internal and an external level. I see that we need to work much more with GAISF to get to know each other better and share experiences and competences. This would be a benefit for both our organisations. A programme of meetings and exchanges should give us the opportunity to become partners in projects.
The second consideration of my application was a close cooperation, which is related to the representation of the associate members towards GAISF and the IOC movement. "We need to better identify and share the common needs of our group as associate members, seek recognition from GAISF and the IOC movement, and lobby as a coalition on behalf of associate members. I think we need to be active and fast after the pandemic, because we need to create all the opportunities to be competitive in our sector, in good relations with the international federations."
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