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 is aimed 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.
Entitled to enter the 2017 competition are newly built facilities as well as extensions, modernizations, rehabilitations or conversions of existing buildings and facilities. The facilities must have been erected and gone into operation between 1 January 2010 and 31 March 2016 and must have been in successful operation for at least one year. Temporary venue infrastructure/architecture (e.g. demountable or relocatable infrastructure for major sport events) may also be entered in the competition.
The designers/architects and owners (or operators) of facilities are eligible to enter. The entry must be jointly submitted by the designer/architect and the owner (or operator) of the facility.