GOLD COAST: Raffaele Chiulli has been elected as president of the Global Association of International Sports Federations.

Chiulli has served as GAISF vice-president since 2015 and senior vice-president since 2016. His term as president begins immediately and he will serve a two-year mandate, as outlined in the GAISF statutes.

Ahead of the election in general assembly, Chiulli laid out his work programme for the future of GAISF. His plans include supporting International Federations in their promotion of youth development programmes and social responsibility initiatives, as well as strengthening the role of GAISF as a services-based organisation.

In his programme, sent to all members ahead of the assembly, Chiulli said: “Whilst I am loyal to the traditions, values and principles of GAISF, I also believe that we must be a modern and forward-thinking organisation.

“I believe GAISF can and should be a driving force in supporting International Federations to achieve their goals.”

Chiulli had been due to stand for election in 2020 however the death of Patrick Baumann in 2018 prompted members to accept a council proposal to bring forward the presidential rotation by a year. Chiulli’s term is therefore due to end at the General Assembly in 2021.

He has served as the Association of IOC Recognised International Sports Federations (ARISF) president since 2013, and International Powerboating Federation (UIM) president since 2007. He has also been a member of the IOC Sport and Active Society Commission since 2014.