Stephan Fox serves as President of AIMS ©Getty Images

Alliance of Independent Recognised Members of Sport (AIMS) received full recognition from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) here today.

The organisation aims to strengthen each of its member sports with a view towards getting them officially recognised by the IOC.

AIMS was awarded provisional recognition in December 2015 by the IOC Executive Board.

A proposal was put to the IOC Session here today to confirm full recognition for the organisation.

"Within GAISF (Global Association of International Sports Federations) it is the fourth of the umbrella bodies, representing non-recognised federations," said Kit McConnell, IOC Sport Director.

"With the rotational Presidency of GAISF, AIMS will have the Presidency between 2023 and 2025.

"So, it makes sense there is full recognition for the organisation.

"In addition to their partnership with the IOC, GAISF works with several of our partner organisations, including the World Games and FISU with university sport, TAFISA, the Commonwealth Games and with Continental Games.

"GAISF has played an important role in helping to improve governance of Federations and also supporting athletes."

IOC Sports Director Kit McConnell said the organisation have a strong partnership with AIMS ©IOC
IOC Sports Director Kit McConnell said the organisation have a strong partnership with AIMS ©IOC

Among the AIMS social responsibility projects is the United Through Sport Festival, held at recent editions of the SportAccord Sport and Business Summit.

AIMS members include the International Federations for go, savate, sepaktakraw, fitness and bodybuilding, darts, draughts, angling, aikido, minigolf, powerlifting, armwrestling, sleddog, kendo, casting, ju-jitsu, fistball, soft tennis and dragon boat.

"The IOC Executive Board gave provisional recognition to AIMS in 2015 and since then we have had a very strong partnership," said McConnell. 

"We thank AIMS President Stephan Fox for the strength of that partnership.

"In 2016 we signed an MoU (memorandum of understanding) to strengthen the partnership.

"AIMS has been very active in the promotion of social responsibility through sport and the participation and access to sport.

"This is particularly including young people who face challenges in their access to sport."