April 7 - American football and flying disc have been officially confirmed as new members of the the Association of IOC Recognised International Sports Federations (ARISF) following a general assembly here this afternoon.
The confirmation of the the International Federation for American Football (IFAF) and the World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF), which followed their recognition by the International Olympic Committee last December, as well as the merger between baseball and softball into the combined World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC), brings the total number of sports in the body to 34.
All 34 sports had suggested improvements to the running of the organisation as part of answers to a survey, the contents of which was the main topic of discussion during the assembly.
The key message was maintaining and increasing the role of ARISF within other organisations, including the IOC, as well as SportAccord and the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA).
Of those survey, 79 per cent believe relations with the IOC should be better, while 96 per cent think there should be an ARISF presence on at least ten IOC Commissions.
ARISF President Raffaele Chiulli nevertheless spoke positively about steps being taken following a meeting with IOC President Thomas Bach last year and ahead of another such meeting here later this week.
Chiulli also claimed the addition of demonstration events such as roller sport and sport climbing to the programme for the Nanjing 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games as another positive step forward, as well as the formation of a Liaison Committee with the IOC which will be formalised "very soon".
As well as representatives from across the ARISF sports, the meeting was also attended by figures from other organisations.
After outlining a period of transition in the IOC, as well as commitment towards the Agenda 2020 reforming process, McConnell spoke to ARISF member sports when admitting that "we are seeking to understand your projects a little better than we have in the past."
"We want to join them up to create benefits for everyone," he added.
SportAccord President Marius Vizer earbed spontaneous round of applause after revealing that he had "made a proposal to the SportAccord Executive Council that a percentage of shares from the SportAccord Convention will be allocated to ARISF Federations."
After a third guest speech by WADA President Sir Craig Reedie, highlighting the role of ARISF in the fight against doping, the meeting also included the acceptance of a new strategic plan.
This prioritised expanding the reach, scope and recognition of ARISF and its members in the Olympic Movement, and other sports organisation, as well as engaging with sports, adopting a sustainable business and governance model and increasing the sustainability and growth of ARISF and its members.
Like the subsquent votes over the budget and financial plan, this was unanimously approved as the Assembly panned out on distinctly harmonious, uniform and optimistic lines.
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December 2013: Sporting "flexibility" emphasised by Bach as new sports announced for Nanjing 2014
December 2013: American football awarded provisional recognition by IOC but long way to go before it is an Olympic sport
November 2013: Liaison Committee set-up between IOC and ARISF to examine how to help non-Olympic sports