A sports federation is a nationwide grouping of several sports associations, sports societies and licensees of one or more sports disciplines. It may be civil, military, school or university, or concern sport for the disabled.

Civil sports federations may be created around one or more sports disciplines.

Military, school, university or disabled sports federations bring together associations and members of several sports disciplines.

These associations or licensees may join a civil sports federation of their choice.

The sports federations participate in the execution of a public service mission. As such, they;

  • Are in particular in charge of the organization and promotion of physical and sports activities and ensure, in liaison with the administration in charge of sports and the national Olympic committee, the training and improvement of their executives
  • Issue sports licences and federal titles.
  • Exercise disciplinary powers, in accordance with the laws and regulations in force, as well as the general principles of law, with regard to the sports associations, sports societies that are members and their members.
  • Lay down the regulations relating to their discipline and ensure their application as well as that of the rules laid down by the National Olympic Committee or the International Olympic Committee and the international sports bodies to which these federations are affiliated with regard to technical standards.
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