More Global Sporting Bodies Sign On With .SPORT

The .sport new gTLD has gained a number of global sporting bodies who have signed up and registered their domain names. Among the latest are 15 more International Federations who successfully applied for their exclusive .sport domains. These included the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF), International Equestrian Federation (FEI), Federation of International Lacrosse (FILx), World Association of Kickboxing Organisation (WAKO) and the International Federation of American Football (IFAF).

.sport isn’t available to all and registrants must be approved by the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF). This month, sports organisations outside the GAISF and Olympic families will be able to apply for .sport domains. Again acceptance is subject to approval from GAISF.

Currently there are 8,360 domain names registered in the new generic top level domain, according to nTLDstats, that opened for registrations in early December 2018. But over 99% (just under 8,300) are currently parked which isn’t unsurprising given the restrictions and time it’s been open.

“It’s exciting to see even more IFs and other sport key stakeholders take advantage of this opportunity,” said GAISF Head of Digital Pierre Germeau. “The outstanding level of take-up underscores the value of .sport to Federations and the wider sport community.”

Last November the GAISF announced the world football/soccer governing body, FIFA, had acquired a .sport domain name along with the World Chess Federation, World Bowling, World Baseball and Softball Confederation, World Flying Disc Federation, Federation International de Savate, Federation of International Football Associations, International Association of Athletics Federations and the International Federation of Muaythai Amateur.

The latest bodies to gain their own .sport domain names, according to GAISF, include International Federation of American Football (IFAF), International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC), International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation (UIAA), International Equestrian Federation (FEI), World Association of Kickboxing Organisations (WAKO), Federation of International Lacrosse (FILx), Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne (UIPM), International Motorcycling Federation (FIM), International Orienteering Federation (IOF), International Powerboating Federation (UIM), World Sailing (WS), International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF), International Sumo Federation (ISF), World Underwater Federation (CMAS) and the World Dodgeball Association (WDA).