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IOC Executive Board proposes IFI for full recognition at the Tokyo IOC Session

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The International Federation Icestocksport (IFI) is honoured to announce that the IOC Executive Board during their yesterday’s meeting in Lausanne has proposed IFI for approval of the full recognition to the IOC Session in Tokyo, taking place on 20-21 July 2021.

The IOC Executive Board had granted provisional IOC recognition to IFI in June 2018. Since that time the Federation underwent wider improvements of its rules and regulations based on the recommendations of the IOC and particularly the IOC Sports Department to meet the criteria of the full recognition process.

Together with the approval of the full recognition the IOC Session will vote on the full recognition of five additional IFs:

  • International Cheerleading Union (ICU) – provisionally recognised in 2016
  • International Federation of Muaythai Associations (IFMA) – provisionally recognised in 2016
  • International Sambo Federation (FIAS) – provisionally recognised in 2018
  • World Association of Kickboxing Organisations (WAKO) – provisionally recognised in 2018
  • World Lacrosse (WL) – provisionally recognised in 2018

“IFI is absolutely confident that the development of our Federation in various fields, especially in the field of governance, will be honoured by the IOC Session in Tokyo as well”, declared IFI President Christian Lindner.

“We thank the IOC, the Executive Board and the members of the IOC Sports Department for their leadership and support, and especially our member federations and the various volunteers, for their great enthusiasm and efforts, working for Icestocksport and its development every day”.

“We have continuously emphasized that the IOC Recognition Progress with its profound assessment of an International Federation in all fields helps to improve the Federation tremendously. We are glad and satisfied that the IOC Executive Board has honoured these efforts with their decision yesterday“, added IFI Secretary General Silke Bernardi.

Please find the IOC press release as a reference here:


PDF file (11.6.2021):
IFI PRESS RELEASE IOC EB Recognition ENG 11062021 Final

Image source/acknowledgements: (c) IOC MEDIA/Greg Martin


Press Release: results of IFI Extraordinary Congress (April 2021)

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Extraordinary Congress finalised last steps to full IOC recognition with Statutes change

The International Federation Icestocksport (IFI) would like to announce that it has held an Extraordinary Congress on 20 March 2021. The main topic of this Congress were amendments to the IFI Statutes and Rules of Financing resulting from consultations with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as part of the full recognition process 2021 and recommendations made by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) pertaining to the WADA Code Compliance Questionnaire (CCQ) procedures.

The 34 delegates from 19 IFI member National Federations (NFs) approved unanimously the changes to the Statutes and Rules of Financing which can be summarized as follows, particularly finalising the last steps on the way to full International Olympic Committee (IOC) recognition after the provisional recognition period:

Finalisation of the foundation of Continental Associations: IFI in an effort to strengthen continental representation on decision-making level has set up Continental Associations for Africa, America, Asia- Oceania and Europe. The Continental Associations (CAs) of Icestocksport serve as IFI branch in the respective territory and their members are the IFI member National Federations on such continent.

Strengthen Athletes’ representation: To improve and strengthen Athletes’ representation in the decision- making processes IFI has added the formal position of a permanent voting Athletes’ representative to all IFI Commissions and to the Executive Committees of all Continental Associations.

Prevention of the Manipulation of Competitions: IFI has adopted by reference the Olympic Movement Code on the Prevention of the Manipulation of Competitions. These Regulations specifically prohibit betting in relation to a Competition in which the Participant is directly participating; or the Participant’s sport; and any event of a multisport Competition in which he/she is a participant.

Non-discrimination and athlete safeguarding policy: To safeguard the participants in IFI events and activities and the Integrity of the competitions IFI has set up a Non-discrimination and athlete safeguarding policy and anchored the policy in its Statutes.

Gender Equality Policy: In order to promote gender equality in Icestocksport IFI has established a Gender Equality Policy to support the equal representation of all genders at a volunteer and professional level within the IFI structures and anchored the policy in its Statutes.

Based on the recommendations made by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), IFI has clarified in its rules that Membership in IFI entails explicit acceptance by each member of the IFI Anti-Doping rules in their current version and the IFI membership accepts IFI as testing, results management and disciplinary Authority on their territory when and where there is no national Anti-Doping Authority actively fighting against Doping in sport.

“IFI in a strong move towards making the last steps to full IOC recognition which we applied for to the IOC and hope to get during the IOC Session in July 2021 in Tokyo has considered a range of recommendations made by the IOC and WADA throughout their respective processes. We uphold our values of universality, sustainability, credibility, integrity and youth appeal of Icestocksport as always and have even improved our efforts focusing on an International Federation which is worthy to be considered for the Olympic Winter Games,” stated IFI President Christian Lindner, looking at the results of the Extraordinary Congress.

Information about the new IFI Statutes can be found here:

The other rules and regulations mentioned in the press release can be found here:

Gender Equality Policy:

Policy Statement on Safeguarding from discrimination, harassment & abuse:

Information on the Continental Associations:





IFI joins UNAOC One Humanity Campaign

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The International Federation Icestocksport (IFI) is proud to announce that we have joined the UNAOC One Humanity Campaign, which calls for solidarity, compassion and unity in the face of discrimination and divisiveness. The International Federations which sign up to the initiative have pledged their commitment to the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations’ (UNAOC) campaign. The campaign will see signatory sports champion One Humanity by demonstrating their commitment to peaceful and inclusive societies through a range of initiatives and projects that will be featured on a dedicated online platform in future to increase the visibility of this important campaign.

“IFI strongly supports the values promoted by the UNAOC One Humanity Campaign and aims to help the worldwide community to friendship, teamwork and non-discrimination,” stated IFI President Christian Lindner.

“IFI will promote the campaign of the United Nations in the Icestocksport family to contribute to peace through sport and human rights and further the cause of a better global society,” added IFI Secretary General Silke Bernardi.

“UNAOC, as the leading United Nations initiative to advance understanding, cooperation, and dialogue among nations and peoples across all cultures, has recognized the ability of sport to further its call for promoting diversity and positive social change. Through the One Humanity campaign in particular, sport, together with the Alliance, will promote diversity as an advantage rather than a threat,” stated Miguel Ángel Moratinos, UNAOC High Representative.

Under the agreement, IFI commits to promote the “Alliance Of Civilizations” platform by means of a set of activities to be implemented directly by IFI or indirectly through its network of partners by the following actions:

  • Conceptualization, production and edition of a video featuring IFI’s athletes and personalities under the motto: “One Humanity.”
  • Displaying the UNAOC Promotional video in IFI’s own and third parties media channels and platforms that IFI will be able to provide for the aim of this action.
  • Under the same platform of “Alliance Of Civilizations,” IFI will propose at its discretion other promotional activities or projects that the parties may consider relevant to accomplish the objectives and purposes of UNAOC.

Information about the Alliance of Civilizations can be found at


IFI joins UNFCCC’s Sports for Climate Action initiative

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The International Federation Icestocksport (IFI) is proud to announce that we have joined the UNFCCC’s Sports for Climate Action initiative as a signatory to the Sports for Climate Action Framework.

The Sports for Climate Action initiative calls on sporting organizations to acknowledge the contribution of the sports sector to climate change and our responsibility to strive towards climate neutrality for a safer planet.

Through collective action and bold leadership, we have the power to make this fast and drastic transformation. By signing the Framework, we have demonstrated our commitment to playing our part to ensure the sports sector is on the path to a low-carbon future.

In line with the five core principles enshrined in the Framework and the aims of the Paris Agreement, our organization will strive to:

  • promote greater environmental responsibility;
  • reduce the overall climate impact from sports;
  • use our platform to educate for climate action;
  • promote sustainable and responsible consumption; and
  • advocate for climate action through our communications.

“IFI as International Federation is directly affected by the climate change as a winter sport often played on frozen lakes in classic Alp countries or North American territories, and the climate change negatively impacts the conditions of the ice here”, commented IFI President Christian Lindner when signing the UNFCCC’s Sports for Climate Action initiative.

“As we are committed to a sustainable development, it was quite a natural thing for us to join the framework to contribute to the worldwide action to fight for the environmental responsibility of sports”, added IFI Secretary General Silke Bernardi, who will be joining the Work Group 4 (Educate and Advocate for Climate Action) of the UNFCCC initiative.

Speaking at the launch event for the Framework UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa explained that sports organizations and athletes are in a unique position in the race against climate change “because sports touches on every cross-section of society”.

“With this in mind, we hope our commitment will inspire our fans, community and government to raise their climate ambition in a united effort to limit global warming to 1.5oC. This is a race we can—and must—win to avoid significantly worsening the risk of droughts, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people”.


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