On 15 December 2021, the global sports community came together for the ARISF General Assembly to reflect on the united front of sport in the face of this past year’s challenges and voted on the election of the ARISF President and Council for the period of 2021-2025.
Dr. Raffaele Chiulli, President of the UIM (International Powerboating Federation) was unanimously re-elected President of ARISF (Association of IOC Recognized International Sport Federations) for another four-year term by the ARISF General Assembly and will begin his third term in charge of the organisation he has led since 2013.
“I am honoured of the confidence and trust that I have received by all our International Sport Federations which represents a tangible recognition of the hard work jointly carried out to unite in their diversities all worldwide stakeholders. I am particularly grateful to the International Olympic Committee with whom our relationships and collaboration is excellent”.
The ARISF General Assembly also confirmed the re-election of International Underwater Federation President Anna Arzhanova as Vice-President while World Baseball Softball Confederation President Riccardo Fraccari was re-elected as Secretary General. Joining them on the ARISF Council Claire Briegal from World Netball, John Lijlelund from the International Floorball Federation and Tom Hollowell from the International Orienteering Federation.
President Dr. Chiulli welcomed the six new Federations since the last General Assembly – the International Cheerleading Union, International Federation of Muaythai Associations, International Sambo Federation, International Federation Icestocksport, World Association of Kickboxing Organizations and World Lacrosse – to the ARISF sport family.
The General Assembly was attended by distinguished guests such as Ivo Ferriani (GAISF President), Francesco Ricci Bitti (ASOIF President) and Kit McConnell (IOC Sport Director).
“It was an honour to have such leaders of sport to address the ARISF General Assembly. Our organization encompasses all International Olympic Committee Recognised IFs and it is important to openly and constructively interact with all key stakeholders in the Olympic Movement” said ARISF President Dr. Raffaele Chiulli.
President Dr. Chiulli closed the General Assembly by congratulating the newly elected council members and by thanking all ARISF IFs for their appreciated collaboration and support. “Finally, let me say that we must all play our part to ensure we come through this crisis together. Now, more than ever, let us work as a team!”