Members of the Alliance of Independent Recognised Members of Sport (AIMS) could have the opportunity to learn from International Federations (IFs) that were successful in gaining recognition from the International Olympic Committee (IOC), if a proposal outlined here today for a new Commission is accepted.
One part of the would-be Sport Accord Membership Commission, explained during AIMS’ General Assembly by President Stephan Fox, will see members of the organisation take experience from IFs that have been recognised by the IOC in the last five years.
The International Cheer Union (ICU) and the International Federation of Muaythai Amateur (IFMA) were provisionally recognised by the IOC in December of last year, making them eligible for IOC development funding and allowing them to become members of the Association of IOC Recognised International Federations (ARISF).
But 14 others missed out, including the International Sambo Federation (FIAS), which had been hoping for inclusion.
Fox is due to attend a meeting tomorrow between IOC President Thomas Bach and SportAccord representatives and will look to push the idea forward to help the likes of FIAS make it across the line in the future.
"We will put the application into one file and then send it out to the applicants so they can see what was actually in the application and see if they can learn from this or if they can use something for how far they are," he said.
"This can be the second part of this Membership Commission and this will be just an advisory Commission; a service which we provide to our old members and certainly to our new members."
The other element of the Commission is aimed at helping guard AIMS members against what Fox, the general secretary of the IMFA, refers to as "splinter groups".
"Remember when I was getting elected? This was my first priority; to protect each other from splinter groups and second to protect each other from someone stealing our disciplines," he said.
"It’s not easy these days."
The International Ski Mountaineering Federation was fully recognised during last year's IOC Session in Rio de Janeiro, while the World Flying Disc Federation was added in 2015 in Kuala Lumpur.
AIMS is part of SportAccord along with the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF), the Association of International Olympic Winter Sports Federations (AIWOF) and ARISF.
The body aims to strengthen each of its member sports with a view towards getting them officially recognised by the IOC.
"SportAccord is the entry point for any recognised sports," Fox added.
"The IOC should be involved right at the beginning of the process because everyone in the end wants to be IOC recognised.
"So if we work together on the rules of the dream, then the dream automatically grows healthy.
"If the rules of the dream are not healthy, then at the end of the day, something in the dream will go wrong.
"So this is very important."