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International Racquetball Federation Signs Letter of Agreement With Sport Online Productions
15 November 2017 – The International Racquetball Federation (IRF) has signed an historic agreement with Sport Online Productions (SOP). The agreement, which begins January 1, 2018, was signed by IRF General Secretary Luke St. Onge and CEO of SOP Pablo Fajre. Sport Online Productions is a sport marketing and TV production company that produces and broadcasts racquetball events worldwide in high quality professional format. It owns and operates the World Racquetball Tour (WRT), a professional racquetball tour that produces world-class events, and provides a platform for professional racquetball players to develop their careers and showcase their talents.
The agreement allows all WRT events to be sanctioned as international events by the IRF. Further, content from these sanctioned events may be included in content generated for the Olympic Channel. From this new agreement an international ranking system will also be developed that combines results from both IRF and WRT events. Last, WRT athletes will fall under the governance of the IRF’s anti-doping program.
About the IRF
The International Racquetball Federation is the international governing body of the sport of racquetball under the auspices of the International Olympic Committee. Founded in 1979, the IRF provides governance, rules, and leadership to its 83 national federation members. A member of GAISF beginning in 1980 and recognized by the IOC in 1985, the IRF offers three events annually and one, the IRF World Championships, biennially. It is the international umbrella organization for racquetball over the Olympic Chain of events such as the Pan American Games, World Games, Central American Games, Central American and Caribbean Games, and IRF Regional competitions.