Summer sports federations approve new rules on governance

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) Summer Olympic sports federations have agreed on a set of rules to improve how they govern themselves and to avoid corruption scandals.

The council of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations approved a ''comprehensive set of governance principles and indicators'' on Friday that could soon be applied to all 28 sports in the Summer Games.

ASOIF says the agreement covers transparency, integrity, democracy and other principles.

ASOIF President Francesco Ricci Bitti says the rules are ''practical, flexible and offer a very useful checklist.''

The rules will be put to the ASOIF general assembly on April 19 for formal acceptance.

The council also reviewed progress in its anti-doping efforts and cooperation on the proposed establishment of an independent drug-testing body under the control of the World Anti-Doping Agency.

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