In a recent statement on Facebook Sofia Guerreiro, Director General of IFKO, listed IFKO on one level with the International Federations for Darts, Sleddog, Powerlifting, Sambo, Archery and Powerboating. Addition statements suggest that it is only a formality until IFKO becomes a full SportAccord member, which is required to be considered an International Federation.
The International Federations for Darts, Sleddog, Powerlifting, Sambo, Archery and Powerboating are already full members of SportAccord. Listing IFKO in the same line as existing full members is misleading riders to believe that IFKO would be anywhere near any official recognition.
In fact IFKO has attended the SportAccord Membership session together with the Polesports Federation, E-Games, Practical Shooting Confederation, International Roll Ball Federation and several Martial Arts Federations.
A full factual report can be found here: http://www.polesports.org/news/01-04-2016-sportaccord-meeting/
At this session, a very clear explanation was given as to the path that every sport must follow to become officially recognised by SportAccord. The three main requirements for membership are
(1) to have convened FIVE general assemblies under SportAccord criteria
FACT: IFKO has so far convened TWO general assemblies
(2) to have membership of FORTY National Federations with National Governing Body (NGB) status within their
FACT: To our knowledgde IFKO has exactly ONE National Federation with National Governing Body (NGB) status
(the founding member FFVL).
(3) to have obtained membership to WADA.
To our knowledge, IFKO is not member of WADA.
Polesports is described as the most progressed sport in the membership application process. Polesports has been founded in 2006, and as of today, 13 years later, is still far from complying with SportAccord membership requirements.
There is NO possibility under the SportAccord constitution that IFKO could even be considered as a member before the year 2020. Complying with other constitutional membership requirements make it highly unlikely that IFKO will ever become member of SportAccord. One of these constitutional requirements is, that the sport is not governed from any other International Federation.
Kiteboarding is included in the 2018 Youth Olympic Games as a discipline of Sailing, and is on the verge of inclusion in the 2020 Olympic Games. It is unarguably governed by World Sailing already.
In a recent statement on Facebook Sofia Guerreiro, Director General of IFKO, said that one of the four full members of IFKO would be the Rodrigues Kitesurfing Association.
By the IFKO constitution, full membership is available only to national kite associations, “whose authority was granted by the sports authority of the government of that country.” (Article 9 of the IFKO constitution). The sports authority of the government of a country is either the sport minister, or the national Olympic Committee.
A simple google search unveils that in fact Rodrigues is not a country, but a region of Mauritius. It is therefore impossible that Rodrigues complies with the full membership requirements of IFKO.
To our best knowledge, currently IFKO has exactly ONE full member (the FFVL) in compliance with its constitution.