GAISF has been accused of poor governance in the wake of its dissolution ©GAISF

Accusations of a lack of transparency were launched at Ivo Ferriani and the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) after a vote passed securing the dissolution of the umbrella organisation here tonight.

Delegates voted by 70 to 22 at the Extraordinary General Assembly to disband the body, which is seen as a pathway for non-Olympic federations to achieve Olympic status.

"I was against poor governance because I think the way this was put together was not the best example of transparency and good governance," International Federation of Teqball (FITEQ) chairman Viktor Huszár told insidethegames.

The disbanding will see GAISF' CHF5.66 million (£4.9 million/$6 million/€5.74 million) fortune distributed to SportAccord after 79 polled in favour and 11 voted against.

The latter is then expected to share with the Association of International Olympic Committee Recognised International Sports Federations (ARISF), Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF), Association of International Olympic Winter Sports Federations (AIOWF) and Alliance of Independent Recognised Members of Sport (AIMS).

FITEQ chairman Viktor Huszár feels the dissolution of GAISF will lead to a situation where some are more equal than others ©FITEQ
FITEQ chairman Viktor Huszár feels the dissolution of GAISF will lead to a situation where some are more equal than others ©FITEQ

ASOIF is set to take the largest slice of the combined pool with 42 per cent, followed by ARISF with 30 per cent then AIOWF and AIMS are set to receive 18 and 10 per cent each, respectively.

"I don't like the idea of having some who are more equal than others," Huszár said.

"If there are 62 members and they get 30 per cent then I feel that the redistribution was not based on the equality that we also hear about from the sports movement."

At the meeting, the International Orienteering Federation said it was "generally in favour" of the move but claimed there was not enough "detail or clarity" over SportAccord statutes and details on how associate members would be included in the new structure.

Despite complaints over the way in which the change took place, there was a feeling that the current system was flawed.

GAISF President Ivo Ferriani, who has held the role since November 12 last year, said that multiple services were now being provided by other bodies.

Ivo Ferriani claimed that
Ivo Ferriani claimed that "dissolution was a step towards a better future" prior to the crucial vote ©GAISF

"I think it needed some change," World Squash President Zena Wooldridge told insidethegames.

"I came into my role two years ago and one of the questions I asked is, 'what do all of these organisations do? What are they doing for us?'"

"I think it needed some rationalisation.

"I think it was a little bit of a leap of faith in terms of process, I think that was more the concern of people.

"Squash is a member of ARISF which now has an opportunity to build services and representation, so I think we were reasonably confident that ARISF would pick up the baton and will now grow stronger."

The opinion that the loss of GAISF would streamline governance processes was seen as a major positive by many, although the majority of those views are from Federations who already feature in the Olympic Games.

"Having all these umbrella organisations, if someone can simply this without sacrificing our values then that will simply be better," President of the International Hockey Federation Tayyab Ikram told insidethegames.