Why is everyone so surprised every time a scandal gets reported about one of the International Sport Governing bodies or International Sporting Federations?
- Political influence.
FIFA, FINA, UCI, ICU, ICC, IAAF, FISA, IRB, IOC…same tune: different orchestra.
Talk to people who have been involved in national and international sport for a while and ask them about their International Federation – about their sport’s international governing body.
Did you get a positive response?
The Seven Things common to all International Sporting Federations:
- They are accountable to no one;
- They are self-regulated;
- If you speak out against them, you are effectively finished in your sport;
- They are heavily Euro-centric;
- They are completely out of touch with the day to day needs of the sport at grass roots level;
- They are more about politics and power than performance and participation.