Some fear the dissolution of GAISF will further consolidate unchecked IOC power ©Getty Images

Disbanding the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) would be "sad" and "not achieve anything", according to Patrick Nally.

The International Federation of Match Poker and veteran sports marketer made the case for GAISF to remain in a guest blog post for insidethegames.

Nally, who in his capacity as West Nally co-founder helped GAISF set up its first permanent headquarters in Monaco, says that "if sport wants to debate and collaborate on collective issues" the umbrella body should not be disbanded.

"To close GAISF will not achieve anything other than denying the global sporting community to have its own association", writes Nally.

Nally also argues that GAISF has an important role to play in the recognition process.

Patrick Nally says disbanding GAISF would be
Patrick Nally says disbanding GAISF would be "sad" and "not achieve anything" ©SportAccord

His is a view rejected by Ivo Ferriani, the current GAISF President, however.

Ferriani is in favour of disbandment and argues it is the "most appropriate option" in the current climate.

Those who disagree fear scrapping GAISF will further consolidate the power of the International Olympic Committee, and squeeze out global governing bodies which do not have IOC recognition.

An Extraordinary General Assembly to abolish GAISF has been called on Tuesday (November 29) in Lausanne.

To read the full blog post from Nally, click here.