About OSFO


For many years ONOC included Regional Federations in their annual assembly to promote a cooperative approach to development of sport in the Oceania region. This was a successful initiative and gave rise to the forming of OSFO, the Olympic Sports Federations of Oceania as an outcome of the 2002 meeting in PNG. Since then OSFO has worked to increase its identity, profile and role at these meetings.

Officially, the Olympic Sports Federations of Oceania was established in Brisbane in March 2005. At a meeting attended by 20 regional sports federations, it was decided that an official body should be formed to represent the interests of members in the region. A constitution was passed, membership criteria established and a commitment made to meet annually during the ONOC assembly. In 2006 the 2nd annual OSFO assembly was held in Nadi, Fiji and in March 2007 OSFO will meet again in Pago Pago, American Samoa and also in Apia, Samoa, to assist with preparations for the South Pacific Games.


The Olympic Sports Federations of Oceania aims to unite regional sports federations to:
•    Promote sport in the Pacific
•    Protect common interests
•    Cooperate together to share knowledge and resources
•    Coordinate development to maximise the cost effective use of resources
•    Collect and distribute relevant information
•    Support one another and respective activities
•    Maintain the authority and autonomy of members

The Olympic Sports Federations of Oceania operates with the following objectives:
•    OSFO exists to represent the interests of members to ONOC, the IOC, governments and any other organisation      that may impact on the delivery of the services of the member international federations.
•    OSFO exists to foster participation in sporting activities within the Oceania region.
•    OSFO will foster the development of sporting excellence throughout the Oceania region.
•    OSFO will foster communication between International Federations that operate in the Oceania region and with       any other organisation responsible for the delivery of sports development and advancement in the region.
•    OSFO will establish co-operative relations with all such other organisations with similar objects to its own.
•    OSFO will carry out its objectives without political, religious, cultural and gender bias.
•    OSFO will foster the establishment of organisations representing all the international federations that operate      in the region.
(Source: OSFO Constitution 2006)

Responsibilities if IFS

Following the statement from the Tripartite Commission of the IOC in 1978, the responsibilities of the International Federations cover the legislation, organisation and development of sport. The Oceania IFs support them in these functions within the Oceania region:


•    promulgation of regulations governing the practice of the sport concerned, the installations and equipment, the       length of events and the rules governing them;
•    classification of competitors into categories, according to sex, age, weight and performance;
•    definition of the competitor's status: amateur, professional...;
•    laying down of medical rules aimed at protecting the health of athletes while fighting against doping and other        dangerous practices;
•    adoption of preventive measures against all unfair and unlawful dealings.


•    organisation of large regional, continental and world competitions;
•    control of all international competitions;
•    training and accreditation of international referees;
•    coordination of the activities of their members.

For each of the sports included in the programme of the Olympic Games, the technical preparation and actual running of the competitions during the Games are the responsibility of the International Federations governing the sport in question.

Development of the Sports Movement:
The International Federations make an essential contribution to the development of sport through the contributions and the cooperation of the national federations affiliated to them.

The Future

To date OSFO has operated with a very minimal budget, with funds being derived from a small amount of sponsorship money, received in return for exposure at the annual assembly. OSFO is seeking some additional operational funding to ensure its ongoing viability as an organization. Both ASOIF and Olympic Solidarity have been approached with ONOC's full support and we are awaiting the decisions. If successful with funding, OSFO aims to establish a part time executive director. With the creation of the Oceania Sport Foundation, this person would work to foster further cooperative relationships between NOC's and RIF's, with the sole purpose of improving the development of sport in the Oceania region.

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OSFO Updates


April 30th - UNESCO meeting 

May 1st - OSFO General Assembly 9-12

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May 2nd - ONOC General Assembly all day

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