The Organisation of Sports Federations of Oceania aims to unite regional sports federations to:
- Promote sport in the Pacific.
- Protect common interests.
- Cooperate together to share knowledge and resources.
- Coordinate development to maximise the cost effective use of resources.
- Collect and distribute relevant information.
- Support one another and respective activities.
- Maintain the authority and autonomy of members.
The Organisation of Sports Federations of Oceania operates with the following objectives:
- OSFO exists to represent the interests of members to ONOC, the IOC, governments and any other organisation that may impact on the delivery of the services of the members’ international federations.
- OSFO exists to foster participation in sporting activities within the Oceania region.
- OSFO will foster the development of sporting excellence throughout the Oceania region.
- OSFO will foster communication between International Federations that operate in the Oceania region and with any other organisation responsible for the delivery of sports development and advancement in the region.
- OSFO will establish cooperative relations with all such other organisations with similar objectives to its own.
- OSFO will carry out its objectives without political, religious, cultural or gender bias.
- OSFO will foster the establishment of organisations representing all the international federations that operate in the region.
Following the statement from the Tripartite Commission of the IOC in 1978, the responsibilities of the International Federations (IFs) cover the legislation, organisation and development of sport. The Oceania IFs support them in these functions within the Oceania region:
- Promulgation of regulations governing the practice of the sport concerned, the installations and equipment, the length of events and the rules governing them;
- Classification of competitors into categories, according to sex, age, weight and performance;
- Definition of the competitor’s status: amateur, professional, etc.;
- Laying down of medical rules aimed at protecting the health of athletes while fighting against doping and other dangerous practices;
- Adoption of preventive measures against all unfair and unlawful dealings.
- Organisation of large regional, continental and world competitions;
- Control of all international competitions;
- Training and accreditation of international referees;
- Coordination of the activities of their members.
For each of the sports included in the programme of the Olympic Games, the technical preparation and actual running of the competitions during the Games are the responsibility of the International Federations governing the sport in question.
Development of the Sports Movement
The International Federations make an essential contribution to the development of sport through the contributions and the cooperation of the national federations affiliated to them.