Mission, competition and patrons
The patrons of the IOC/IAKS Award for Exemplary Sports and Leisure Facilities are the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS).
The patrons of the IPC/IAKS Distinction for Accessibility are the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS).
The IOC/IAKS Award brings to public attention exemplary buildings and complexes that integrate sensible sustainability and legacy considerations, strong functional planning and exceptional architectural design.
The IPC/IAKS Distinction aims at increasing the accessibility of all sports and leisure facilities and architectural structures in order to offer all people, regardless of their physical abilities, opportunities to practise and view sport freely and without barriers.
The IAKS is responsible for the organization and staging of the competition.