Stephan Fox has stressed the importance of the GAISF Membership Commission ©Getty Images

Stephan Fox, the President of the Alliance of Independent Recognised Members of Sport (AIMS), has stressed the importance of the Global Association of International Sport Federations (GAISF) Membership Commission following its recent launch.

AIMS is part of GAISF and works to strengthen each of its member sports, with the goal of getting them officially recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

It is hoped that those on the Membership Commission can take on board experience from International Federations (IFs) which have been recognised by the IOC in the last five years.

The Commission's first meeting was attended by 73 delegates from 48 different IFs in Lausanne last month.

Fox hailed the support given by GAISF President Patrick Baumann before stressing what needs to be done to aid its members.

"Patrick is very much behind this and he is doing an amazing job," Fox, who is also secretary general of the International Federation of Muaythai Amateur (IFMA), told insidethegames.

"This Commission has now started and we have held our first meeting.

"We invited a number of sports who are trying to become a member of the GAISF family.

"We are now putting the final criteria in place to see how we can help them reach observer status and I think we are close to finishing this.

"This can only be beneficial for sports to understand where they are and how far they are in their own development.

"Some sports are still behind and they are old-school but if you implement new things it takes a year or two to see them working.

"This is where I think some sports are lacking and they need to implement the ethical side into their organisations."

The International Federation of Muaythai Amateur was provisionally recognised by the IOC last year ©IFMA
The International Federation of Muaythai Amateur was provisionally recognised by the IOC last year ©IFMA

The International Cheer Union and the IFMA were provisionally recognised by the IOC in December of last year, making them eligible for development funding and allowing them to become members of the Association of IOC Recognised International Sports Federations.

But 14 other sports missed out, including the International Sambo Federation which had pushed hard for inclusion.

Fox was speaking during the 2017 World Games here in Polish city Wrocław.

He acknowledged the standing of the event for non-Olympic sports and appeared optimistic that some IFs may follow the IFMA in gaining IOC recognition in the near future.

"For our members it [The World Games] is very important because none of them have the Olympic feeling so to say," said the German.

"So to be part of the Opening Ceremony and to have their branding around the city is great.

"Also for the athletes of these sports it is the closest they can get to the Olympics for a long time so that is why The World Games are very, very important.

"You can see that the Games have moved up on the IOC's agenda and they have a big presence here.

"Everyone here has the Olympic dream.

"But, in my opinion, it is not the destination but the journey which is important.

"It is about the things you improve in your sport like your ethics and anti-doping policies and so on.

"When the IFMA gained IOC recognition but some others were unlucky it did not bring the morale down in AIMS but proved that if you continue to work hard and together then hopefully a few more will gain recognition soon."