The Alliance of Independent Recognized Members of Sport (AIMS) received full recognition from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) last weekend.

This organization is committed to sports that strive for full recognition by the IOC. The World Darts Federation (WDF) is one of the organisations who are working together with the AIMS. However, this development does not mean that darts are now part of the Olympic sports or have received official recognition from the IOC.

For example, sports such as bowling and chess do have official recognition from the IOC, but they do not belong to the Olympic sports. To be officially recognized, the IOC requires that the activity have administration by an international nongovernmental organization that oversees at least one sport.

According to Encyclopaedia Britannica, the international organisation administering the sport must enforce the Olympic Movement Anti-Doping Code. This includes conducting effective out-of-competition tests on the sport’s competitors while maintaining rules set forth by the Olympic Charter. Currently in darts, doping controls are only taking place during tournaments.

The Olympic Charter indicates that in order to be accepted, a sport must be widely practiced by men in at least 75 countries and on four continents and by women in no fewer than 40 countries and on three continents. The sport must also increase the ‘‘value and appeal’’ of the Olympic Games and retain and reflect its modern traditions.

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Author: Pieter