LAUSANNE, Switzerland - During the Occasion of the SportAccord IF Forum opening, the Association of the National Olympic Committees (ANOC) and SportAccord (the umbrella organization for both Olympic and non-Olympic international sports federations) has signed a partnership agreement today in Lausanne, Switzerland.

This partnership connects the International Federations and the National Olympic Committees, also in partnership with the IOC, for the purposes of developing the global sports movement in the spirit of the Olympic Charter and with the ideals of the International Federations.

Both ANOC and SportAccord will identify areas of mutual interest and highlight those collaboration is beneficial and will actively coordinate their actions for the benefit of sport and society.

VIDEO: ANOC and SportAccord Sign Partnership Agreement

IOC President, Mr. Thomas Bach said: "Our meeting yesterday was an important moment in the development of sport. I congratulate Marius Vizer for his brilliant election as SportAccord President. There is now a window of opportunity and we off open dialogue to face many challenges that are in the horizon. I wish you all a good, trustful collaboration in Lausanne." 

ANOC President H.H. Sheik Ahmad al Sabah congratulated both MV and TB on their elections and said: "I thank SportAccord and their President Marius Vizer for their collaboration in establishing a partnership agreement with ANOC which is in respect of all IF's and the IOC."

SportAccord President, Mr. Marius Vizer said

"It was a great pleasure and honour to represent the International Sport Federations at the Olympic Movement Summit with all the stakeholders of the Olympic and Sport Movement which took place on the 3rd of November 2013 at the IOC Headquarters.

We are proud to be part of the main stakeholders of the Olympic movement contributing to the future reforms for the benefit of the Movement.

We represent the interests of the IFs and propose the modernization of the Olympic Charter, to display the unity of the games and to develop the Olympic movement appreciating at same time the IFs. Their major contribution to the Olympic Movement and Olympic Games, while at the same time maintaining their autonomy, integrity and benefiting in terms of reciprocity and sharing the advantages, including the financial benefits, between the principle actors, the athletes, the coaches, National Federations, Continental Unions, NOCs and the IFs.

We need to confirm the IFs contribution by the IOC Membership for all Olympic IF Presidents, Revision of the Rio 2016 Sport Program to take into account the applications for IF proposed disciplines by the 19 International Federations, inclusion of additional sports in the Olympic Program and the recognition of unaffiliated IFs. 

Our power is our unity. 

Let us dream today and realize the dream tomorrow?"