Macau Delegation at GAISF General Assembly 2006-04-07  MAIGOC

  Representing Macao 2nd Asian Indoor Games Organising Committee (MAIGOC), Chairman of the Board of Directors Manuel Silvério and Director of Competition and Sport Venues Gisela Nunes attended the 40th General Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) Statutory General Assembly in Seoul yesterday (7 April).

  Around 200 representatives from 72 GAISF member International Sports Federations and other sports organizations joined this annual event. Chaired by the Acting President of GAISF Hein Verbruggen, the General Assembly listened to reports and resolved a wide range of operational issues.

  Applications for memberships were reviewed in the General Assembly. International Kendo Federation and International Federation of Muay Thai Amateur were granted membership; while Commonwealth Games Federation was admitted associate member of GAISF with over 70% of support. World Association of Kickboxing Organization, which was joined by International Amateur Kickboxing Sport Association, was granted membership with 53% approval. International Go Federation also gained full member status at the meeting.

  On the other hand, the application of International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF) received only 45% of votes in favor and was thus turned down. Although IDBF showed independency in holding multi-sport events like the 4th East Asian Games in 2005 and the Olympic Council of 1st Asian Beach Games in 2008, the International Canoeing Federation stood against the application since dragonboating had been considered as one of the disciplines of Canoeing.

  Application of the International Practical Shooting Confederation was rejected as a result of obtaining just 12% of supporting votes. Participants generally thought that the techniques were slanted in favor of purposes like arm forces, self-defenses and military trainings. Despite that many related competitions were held on international level, it was questionable on whether practical shooting should be considered a sport.

  Throughout the meeting, reports were delivered by organizers of Games including Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games, London 2012 Olympic Games, Kaohsiung 2009 World Games, as well as Edmonton 2005 World Master Games.

  The next GAISF Statutory General Assembly would be held in Beijing in 2007.

  Founded in 1967, GAISF is a co-operative body for international sports organizations including the International Sports Federations. Each of its members is required to have a minimum of 45 affiliating National Sports Federations. The GAISF has also established close ties with International Olympic Committee (IOC). Their principal mission is to promote sports through encouragement of communication and coordination among the international federations.

  Upon participating in some of the most remarkable conferences held by different international organizations, such as gathering of Olympic Council of Asia, the 15th ANOC General Assembly, joint meeting of the IOC Executive Board and the National Olympic Committees, as well as the GAISF General Assembly, Mr. Silvério concluded that the trip to Seoul was fruitful. Macau delegation had successfully fulfilled their objectives in promoting the upcoming 1st Lusofonia Games and the 2nd Asian Indoor Games in the occasion of SportAccord 2006. Most importantly, the Association of the Portuguese Speaking Olympic Committees (ACOLOP) General Assembly held in Seoul during this period reached resolutions on critical issues regarding the 1st Lusofonia Games and thus allowed 1st Lusofonia Games Organising Commission (COJOL) to proceed with its preparations for the Games.

  The delegation returned to Macau yesterday.