international sports

GAISF Publishes GA Preliminary Working Documents

May 10, 2019 - Gold Coast, Australia.

The GAISF (General Association of International Sports Federations) General Assembly has released and published an agenda and accompanying preliminary working documents detailing GAISF’s positions on the IOC Athlete Safeguarding Toolkit, the .sport internet extension, GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), DFSU (Doping Free Sport Unit), Multi-sport games such as the World Urban Games, World Combat Games, World Mind Games and the World Beach Games which show unity between Olympic and non-Olympic sports that might not yet have an opportunity to enter the Olympic programme. The working documents also cover ASOIF, AIOWF, ARISF, and AIMS in addition to going into detail about statutory changes and proposed amendments to those statutes, and provide a glimpse at the 2019 Administration Activity Report. Currently, the GAISF is composed of 95 Members, 20 Associate Members and 10 Observers. USA Sports Council Member Sport Federation ICU Cheer (International Cheer Union) is also a Member of GAISF.

The Working Documents and Agenda also bear the name and contributions from late GAISF President and member of the international sports family, Patrick Baumann, a reminder of the goodwill and collaborative spirit he brought to the world of sports.


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BREAKING: Caster Semenya Loses Case to Compete as a Woman in All Races

The highest court in international sports issued a landmark but nuanced ruling on Wednesday that will force female track athletes with elevated levels of testosterone to take suppressants to compete in certain women’s races at major international events like the Olympics.

The ruling was a defeat for Caster Semenya, a two-time Olympic champion at 800 meters from South Africa, who had challenged proposed limits placed on female athletes with naturally elevated levels of the muscle-building hormone testosterone.

The Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sport addressed a complicated, highly charged question involving fair play, gender identity, biology and human rights that the world of track and field has been grappling with for a decade: Since competition is divided into male and female categories, what is the most equitable way to decide who should be eligible to compete in women’s events?

Restrictions on permitted levels of naturally occurring testosterone are discriminatory, the court ruled Wednesday in a 2-to-1 decision. But, the panel added, such discrimination is a “necessary, reasonable and proportionate means” of achieving track and field’s goal of preserving the integrity of women’s competition…

Semenya issued a statement through her lawyers, saying: “I know that the I.A.A.F.’s regulations have always targeted me specifically. For a decade the I.A.A.F. has tried to slow me down, but this has actually made me stronger. The decision of the C.A.S. will not hold me back. I will once again rise above and continue to inspire young women and athletes in South Africa and around the world.”

Her lawyers said in a statement that they might appeal Wednesday’s decision, arguing that “her unique genetic gift should be celebrated, not regulated…

Semenya said the rule stigmatized women who did not conform to perceived notions of femininity and permitted discrimination against them. She argued that she should be able to compete the way she was born without being obliged to medically alter her body.

“I just want to run naturally, the way I was born,” she said last summer. “It is not fair that I am told I must change. It is not fair that people question who I am.” From


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ICU's 2018 World & Jr. World Championships Judging Panel Applications Open.

From the International Cheer Union

2018 World and Junior World Championships- Judging Panel Applications are now open!

Application due date: 
Tuesday 16 January 2018
2 application links (depending on Divisions)

1. Team Cheer: All Girl & Coed- Advanced, Elite, Premier, ParaCheer & Special Abilities Unified Divisions.…/cheerjudge

2. Team Cheer: Pom, Hip Hop, Jazz and ParaCheer & Special Abilities Divisions

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