On 12th November the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) General Assembly elected Ivo Ferriani as its President representing the Association of International Olympic Winter Sports Federations (AIOWF).

“I am very honoured to have been elected as President of GAISF. The COVID-19 pandemic has truly demonstrated how sport is a force for good. I am therefore proud to have this opportunity to work with the global sports community to promote the power of sport and to achieve our common goal of a better world through sport. I am very much looking forward to bringing my sporting experience to serve all GAISF’s Members, Associate Members and Observers, and to support them over the next two years.”

Mr Ferriani begins his term as President immediately and will serve a two-year mandate, congratulating the outgoing President Raffaele Chiulli.

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Ivo Ferriani is an IOC Executive Board member since 2018, sport director, former professional bobsledder (and former river guide).

He is the President of the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF) since 2010, IOC Member since 2016 and President of the Association of International Olympic Winter Sports Federations (AIOWF) since 2020.

At the beginning of his sporting career he practiced football, athletics, kayak and rafting, before pursuing his professional career as bobsledder: in 1988 he competed at the Olympic Winter Games in Calgary, Canada, as two-man bob pilot.


We have no doubt that Mr Ferriani will do his best as GAISF President, concretely improving the sports world and supporting sport for all with transparency, that is a fundamental part of Good Governance.

WRF President Danilo Barmaz declared: “WRF community would like to congratulate Mr Ferriani: it is the latest award granted to an amazing and person, who loves the sport and is committed to it with a 360 degree view. He is a visionary thinker and he constantly teaches us, as he declared during our interview: we have to be chameleons, not dinosaurs!

Read more about this caption! Earlier this year we interviewed Mr Ivo Ferriani: 


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