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Industry: International Sports Federation
Founded: 1967
Headquarters: Maison du Sport International

Avenue de Rhodanie 54, 1007 Lausanne

Country: Switzerland
Email: newgtlds[at]
Facebook: SportAccord
Twitter: TwitterIcon.png@sportaccord
Key People
Hein Verbruggen, President

SportAccord is an international federation of sports organization dedicated to uniting and promoting sporting events. Formerly known as the General Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF), it serves as the umbrella organization of 90 sports associations worldwide. Hein Verbruggen is the current president of SportAccord. Its headquarters is located in Switzerland.

The organization is one of two applicants to the new gTLD expansion program for the .sport string;[1] however, SportAccord is applying for the TLD as a community via the Community Priority Evaluation, their competitor, Famous Four Media, is not. Given that SportAccord did not also apply as a generic applicant, they will have to prove that they have a solidly defined community with broad support in order to be delegated the .sport TLD.[2]

Bid for .Sport gTLD

On September 1, 2011, Sports Accord issued a request for proposal (RFP) seeking for partners to develop a sports-themed gTLD. The organization said that it aims to create partnerships with third parties that are able to provide technical and financial support. SportAccord also announced that its .sport gTLD initiative is supported by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).[3]

On January 10, 2012 SportAccord announced that CORE had been selected as its partner to provide registry solutions for .sport gTLD.[4] In a statement, Vincent Gaillard, Director General of SportAccord said, "We were looking for a partner that fully understands and endorses the values, culture and principles of sport, and we are convinced that with CORE, we have found exactly the right partner.” [5]

Subsequently, the organization established its Policy Advisory Board, composed of 24 International Sports Federations and representatives from the IOC, which will be responsible for creating effective community-based policies for the proposed .sport TLD. [6]