Just some short news update regarding the F.I.T in the past few months:
1. SportAccord: After many weeks of extended preparation post-TWC2011, FIT submitted an application for membership of SportAccord on 24 August 2011. Receipt was acknowledged and we had submitted the application based on 42 x FIT members. Unfortunately some weeks later we were advised that SportAccord would not recognise England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Guernsey and Jersey as separate, independent member countries. They were recognised as one country only in accordance with the Olympic criteria although FIT was entitled to recognise them separately. SportAccord did not recognise Catalonia and Niue as independent countries as well. Therefore we did not meet the 40 member (Summer sports) membership criteria. The Board decided to withdraw the submission and to continue to work on membership numbers with a view to a submission in 2012.
2. FIT Membership: As a related matter I have pleasure in advising that the following countries have been approved as official Federation members: Argentina, China, Chinese Taipei, Luxembourg, Portugal, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turkey, Tuvalu and also Mauritius as an Associate Member. We continue to assist the countries of Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Egypt, Kenya, Korea, Philippines and Solomon Islands with their membership applications. In addition, the countries of Canada, Czech Republic, Qatar, Tokelau and United Arab Emirates have been awarded new Developing Nation status.