Die Österreichische Bundes-Sportorganisation (BSO) ist die Interessenvertretung und Serviceorganisation des organisierten Sports in Österreich.

About the BSO

The Austrian Sports Organization (Österreichischen Bundes-Sportorganisation, BSO) is a non-profit institution, which represents the interests of sports both in Austria and in international organizations. Therefore, the BSO is the central platform for coordination and consultation within the Austrian sports system.

The comprehensive scope of activities of the BSO includes the governance of political issues in the world of sports, provision of services for members, representation of sports concerns in federal institutions, representation of the Austrian sports community in international organizations, the coordination of special education centers, education and training of instructors and trainers, further education for management personnel, development of sports projects, the assessment and revision of legal and administrative bills and acts, information regarding legal and tax issues relevant to the sports community, publishing of publications, creation of databases and documentations, event and organizational marketing and promotion of fairness in sports, with particular regard toward special measures against doping, violence and racism.

Based upon these extensive qualifications, the BSO is represented in the following national sports institutions:

  • Fund for Federal Sports Promotion - Federal Sports Conference
  • Austrian Olympic Committee (Österr. Olympisches Comité (ÖOC))
  • Austrian Sports Aid Foundation (Österr. Sporthilfe)
  • National Anti-Doping Agency of Austria (NADA Austria)
  • Austrian Institute for the Construction of Schools and Athletic Facilities (Österr. Institut für Schul- und Sportstättenbau (ÖISS))
  • Austrian Institute for Sports Medicine (Österr. Institut für Sportmedizin (ÖISM))
  • Institute for Health and Sports Conselling (Institut für medizinische und sportwissenschaftliche Beratung (IMSB))
  • Conference for State Sports Contributors (Konferenz der LandessportreferentInnen)
  • Competitive Sports Center Südstadt (Leistungssportzentrum Südstadt )
  • Austrian Council for Volunteer Work (Österr. Rat für Freiwilligenarbeit)
  • Supervisory Committee for the Appropriate Spending, Invoicing and Supervising of Special Federal Sports Funding  (Kontrollausschuss für die widmungsgemäße Verwendung, Abrechnung und Kontrolle der Besonderen Bundes-Sportförderungsmittel)
  • Control Commission (Kontrollkommission)
  • Austrian Sports and Olympics Museum (Österr. Olympia- und Sportmuseum)
  • Federal Sports and Leisure Facilities, LLC (Bundessporteinrichtungen Gesellschaft mbH)
  • The Federal Network for Sports Psychology (Bundesnetzwerk Sportpsychologie)

The BSO is represented by a delegation in the following international organizations:

-          EU Office of the European Olympic Committee (EOC EU Büro)

-          European Non-Governmental Sports Organisation (ENGSO)

-          ENGSO Youth (ENGSO Youth)

-          EU Sport Forum

-          European Sports Conference (ESC)

-          European Women and Sport Group (EWS)

-          Trim & Fitness International Sport for All Association (TAFISA)

 

Agencies of the BSO

The BSO is comprised of the following agencies:

-          The Austrian Sports Assembly

-          Executive Committee

-          Austrian Sports Council

-          Austrian Sports Federation

-          Austrian Youth Sports Council

-          Comptrollers

-          Arbitration Committee and Panel

 

The Austrian Sports Assembly

The Austrian Sports Assembly is the highest agency in the BSO and, therefore, the chief committee for organized sports in Austria. Voting rights are granted to the president, as well as the representatives of regular members. Associate, supporting and honorary members are granted an advisory vote.

The duties of the Austrian Sports Assembly are:

-          The adoption of resolutions regarding matters of fundamental importance in the sports community

-           Acceptance of statements and reports

-          Approval of account balance and budget

-          Approval of the actions of the executive committee

-          Approval of the membership fee rates and other financial demands for members

-          Admittance of new members (excepting the Austrian Sports Federations)

-          Approval of resolutions and changes to the status of the BSO

-          Election of the president and the members of the executive committee

-          Election of the comptroller

-          Election of the arbitration committee

-          Deciding of appeals against disqualification

-          Approval of the agenda of Austrian Sports Assembly

-          Bestowal of medals of achievement and the appointment of honorary members

 

The Austrian Sports Council

The Austrian Sports Council is comprised of:

-          Voting members

  • President of the BSO
  • Executive committee of the Austrian Sports Federation
  • One representative per sport-related governing body, supplemented by the number of individual voters of each governing body for sports in alphabetical order, so that the total number of representatives for the sports-related governing bodies is equal to the number of sport federations.
  • One representative from each of the multi-branched sports-related organizations
  • One representative each from the Austrian Disabled Sports Association (ÖBSV) and the Austrian Olympic Committee

-          Members with an advisory vote

  • One representative from the Ministry responsible for sports
  • One representative from each of the national sports organization

The chairmanship of the Austrian Sports Council rotates yearly amongst the representatives nominated by sport-related governing bodies. The representatives not currently holding the chairmanship are considered co-chairpersons and deputies and together with the chairperson of the executive board comprise the executive board of the Austrian Sports Council. The chairperson must convene a meeting of the Austrian Sports Council at least once per year. Should he or she be unable to do so, one of the appointed deputies may fulfill these duties. A more detailed elaboration of the rules of procedure is to follow in an agenda subject to the approval of the executive committee.

The duties of the Austrian Sports Council are as follows:

-          Addressing of sports-related political questions

-          Coordinating the interests of sports, tourism and business

-          Communication with the national sports organizations, federal institutes for physical education and the educational authorities of the Republic of Austria

-           Involvement in the organization of special federal sports initiatives.

-          Nomination for representatives of the Austrian Sports Council for the executive committee

-          Nomination of two comptrollers

-          Nominations for membership in the arbitration commission

-          Nomination of a member of Austrian Sports Council for the voting panel

-          Applications to the Austrian Sports Assembly by way of the executive committee regarding the bestowal of medals of achievement or the appointment of honorary membership.

 

The Austrian Sports Federation

The Austrian Sports Federation consists of:

-          Voting members:

  • President of the BSO
  • Executive committee of the Austrian Sports Council
  • One authorized representative from each of the trade associations which has been accepted as a regular member
  • One representative from each of the multi-branched sports-related organizations
  • One representative each from the Austrian Disabled Sports Association (ÖBSV) and the Austrian Olympic Committee
  • One representative from the Ministry responsible for sports with an advisory vote

From the entire pool of voting members, the Austrian Sports Federation may select one chairperson and two deputies (the executive committee of the Austrian Sports Council), in accordance with gem. Abs. 1 lit. a Z. 3. The chairperson must convene a meeting of the Austrian Sports Federation at least once per year. Should he or she be unable to do so, one of the appointed deputies may fulfill these duties. A more detailed elaboration of the rules of procedure is to follow in an agenda subject to the approval of the executive committee.

The specific duties assigned to the Austrian Sports Federation are as follows:

-          Counsel regarding questions about competitive and elite sports

-          Coordination of sports-related business between the sports federations, the Austrian Disabled Sports Association (ÖBSV) and the multi-branched sports-related organizations.

-          Admittance of trade associations as regular members

-          Application to the executive committee for the refusal of membership to the BSO for trade associations.

-          Counsel for measures to promote fitness, competitive and elite sports.

-          Involvement in the training and continuing education of instructors and trainers.

-          Accreditation of Austrian national champions

-          Involvement in the organization of special federal sports initiatives.

-          Nomination for representatives for the executive committee

-          Nomination for the chairman of the comptroller

-          Nominations for membership in the arbitration commission

-          Nominations for representatives for the voting panel

-          Applications to the Austrian Sports Assembly by way of the executive committee regarding the bestowal of medals of achievement or the appointment of honorary membership.

 

Committee for Elite Sports

The Committee for Elite Sports is the working and advising body of the trade associations. The primary duty of the Committee for Elite Sports is to monitor the development of competitive and high-level athletics in Austria.

 

Executive Committee

The executive committee is the governing body of the BSO must be convened minimally twice yearly. It is comprised of:

a)      Voting members: the president, the three members of the executive board of the Austrian Sports Federation, three additional members from the Austrian Sports Federation outside the circle of the president, vice president, and/or members nominated or elected by executive board members of the Austrian Sports Federation, three members of the executive committee of the Austrian Sports Council, three further members of the  Austrian Sports Council outside the circle of candidates suggested president and/or vice president of any sports-related governing bodies and outside of members elected by the Austrian Sports Assembly, the president (or a delegated representative thereof) of the Austrian Olympic Committee, the president (or a delegated representative thereof) of the Austrian Disabled Sports Association (ÖBSV).

b)      Members with an advisory vote: a representative of the Republic of Austria, a representative of each federal state and his/her executive secretary.

 

Supervisory Committee

The supervisory committee is responsible for the handling of appropriated funds and the invoicing of allocated, transferred funding to the appropriate recipients (in accordance with § 10 Abs. 1 Z 2 to Z 4 and Z 5 lit. a to c, federal sports promotion law, 2005). The supervisory committee is independent of and not bound to directives of the decision-making process.

 

Supervisory Commission

The supervisory commission is enlisted with the task of checking the appropriate use of specially allocation federal sports funding (in accordance with § 11 Abs. 1 federal sports promotion law, 2005). The members of the supervisory commission are independent of and not bound to directives of the decision-making process.

 

Members

The BSO is comprised of regular, associate, supporting members and honorary members.

Regular members may include:

-          Sports-related governing bodies

-          Austrian Sports Federations

-          Austrian Olympic Committee (ÖOC)

-          Austrian Paralympic Committee (ÖPC)

-          Special Olympics of Austria (SOOE)

-          Austrian Disabled Sports Association (ÖBSV)

-          Other multi-branched sports-related organizations

Associate members may include:

-          The Republic of Austria

-          National sports organizations

-          Sports associations, which do not meet the criteria for regular membership in the BSO

-          Other sports-related organizations

Supporting members may include individuals or corporate bodies looking to support sports in Austria, such as special education centers or sports science institutes.

The Austrian Sports assembly can request the title of “honorary member” for individuals who have dutifully served the Austrian sports community at large, and particularly the BSO. Honorary membership can also be connected with special honorary function.