The “International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation” (IBSF), is the religiously and politically neutral international non-governmental organisation administering the sports of Bobsleigh (including Bob-on-the-Road) and Skeleton. The IBSF, originally the Fédération Internationale de Bobsleigh et de Tobogganing (FIBT), was founded in Paris on the 23rd November 1923, by the delegates of Great Britain, France and Switzerland and the representatives of Canada and the United States.
The IBSF is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). It cooperates closely with these organizations as well as other International Federations on all matters related to the governance of sports and the Olympic Family. The IBSF recognizes and observes the Olympic Charter, and supports the ideal of Fair Play in sport.
The IBSF has 74 members and conducts almost 200 races on three continents: North America, Europa and Asia.
During the Olympic Winter Games it is represented with the disciplines Women´s Monobob, 2-woman bobsleigh, Women´s Skeleton, 2-man bobsleigh, 4-man bobsleigh as well as Men´s Skeleton.
Women´s and Men´s Monobob as well as Women´s and Men´s Skeleton are the sports staged during Youth Olympic Games.
Para bobsleigh is part of the IBSF program since 2012. The IBSF currently seeks acceptance for the Milano/Cortina 2026 Paralympic Games through the IPC.
The IBSF has 1.100 internationally licensed athletes whereas 30 % are in Skeleton and 70% in Bobsleigh.
In Skeleton the gender balance is 42 % women compared to 58% men.
For bobsleigh there is a gender balance of 34% female pilots compared to 66% male pilots.
Currently there are 16 tracks on three different continents in use by the IBSF. Additionally, the Olympic sliding track for the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games is in construction.
The IBSF´s headquarter is in Lausanne, Switzerland.