The International Federation of American Football (IFAF) was attending the 10th International Federation (IF) Forum which took place in Lausanne, Switzerland, from the 9th to 11th November 2016. The Power of Sport to Drive World Health was this year’s programme theme. The aim of the IF Forum was to provide an inspirational environment for IF Members to discuss key challenges as well as gain insights from sport and industry leaders.

President and General Secretary of the International Federation of American Football Mr. Tommy Wiking and Ms. Zorica Hofman were present at several meetings during the IF Forum. The two most important meetings were with officials of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the Doping-Free Sport Unit (DFSU)

First meeting was with IOC which attended by Mr. Mike Joyce, Sports Coordination Manager from Sports Department of IOC. At the meeting it was pointed out that IFAF will continue the work towards to the permanent IOC recognition.

Right after that, the IFAF’s representatives held another meeting together with the representatives of WADA and DFSU. Ms. Laetitia Zumbrunnen from WADA (manager, International Federation Relations), Mr Matteo Vallini (head of Doping-Free Sport Unit) and Mr. Davide Delfini (Doping-Free Sport Project Manager), were present at the meeting together with Mr. Tommy Wiking and Ms. Zorica Hofman from IFAF.

They discussed about IFAF’s 2016 antidoping activities and the recent steps IFAF has done. Also, it was stressed that IFAF is steadfast to be WADA compliant when the new WADA Code evaluates in 2017.

Mr. Francesco Ricci Bitti, president of ASOIF and SportAccord Convention, on this occasion said:

‘I would like to share a sincere thank you for joining us at the 10th edition of the International Federation (IF) Forum where the Power of Sport to Drive World Health was this year’s focus. The Forum offered International Federations significant opportunity to discuss practices and priorities within each sport discipline, and to step up to this global challenge. Safe sport and sport for world health were at the core of this year’s IF Forum. The results demonstrate that tremendous progress has been made in recent years, however, there is still a lot of work we can do to protect our athletes,’ said Mr. Francesco Ricci Bitti.

He also thanked the International Olympic Committee for their important contribution to the development of this year’s conference programme together with IF’s stakeholders and speakers.