MEDIA RELEASE – World Transplant Games Federation takes the next step in its professionalism and recognition

The World Transplant Games Federation (WTGF), today welcomed the decision by the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) to accept the WTGF as an Associate Member.

GAISF is the umbrella body composed of autonomous and independent International Sports Federations and other international sport and event-related organisations.

Founded in 1967, GAISF is a key pillar of the wider sports movement and acts as the voice for its 125 Members, Associate Members, and observers, which include both Olympic and non-Olympic sports organisations.

WTGF President, Chris Thomas, thanked the GAISF Assembly for its decision which comes after three years of work of building our case to be accepted as a Member.

“The WTGF has been on a path of self-improvement for a number of years. This includes registering as a charity in the UK and a new constitution. Acceptance into GAISF is recognition of this work by our Board and staff,” Mr Thomas said.

“This sits alongside our recognition by the International Olympic Committee as a Multi-Sports Organisation.”

Mr Thomas said it was increasingly challenging conducting world-class sports events and being part of the GAISF family will help the WTGF to ensure it improves its services on behalf of its member countries and transplant recipients.

GAISF President Raffaele Chiulli said: “GAISF is delighted to welcome the World Transplant Games Federation as a member of our diverse family of sports and those who support them.”

“What started as a fewer than a hundred inspirational athletes has grown to a great movement, whose very existence is proof of the human ability to sustain and enhance life through compassion, generosity, and science. GAISF looks forward to supporting this movement’s further growth in the years ahead.”

Further information: kim.renyard@wtgf.org