The GAISF, Global Association of International Sports Federations (formerly Sport Accord), has suspended the International Federation of American Football.
Apparently, IFAF is delinquent on payments to the agency to the tune of 34,877 euros or USD 41,494.00 for anti-doping services rendered in 2016 and 2017. A total of 11 invoices were issued.
In a series of letters, signed by Patrick Baumann, president of GAISF, the organization initially demands payment for anti-doping services provided but ultimately announces on November 20 that IFAF has been suspended and that the IOC – International Olympic Committee – and WADA – World Anti-Doping Agency – have both been copied on the letter.
The question then becomes… Which IFAF?
With two separate entities (IFAF ‘Paris’ and IFAF ‘New York’) each claiming to be the legitimate international governing body for the sport of American Football, the fiasco highlights once more how much damage is being done to American Football’s prospects in terms of growth and prestige, by those whose job it is to move the sport forwards.
Rather than moving towards recognition as an Olympic sport, American Football’s at risk of becoming a pariah.
You can learn more about the unfortunate shape of the American Football international scene over at AmericanFootballInternational.com