The Fédération Internationale de Sports d’Obstacles (FISO) or World Obstacle, is the sole competent authority and international governing body for the sport of Obstacle Course Racing (OCR). World Obstacle is an independent association with membership comprising of four regional federations. These are OCR Africa, OCR Americas, OCR Asia Pacific, and OCR Europe. Safety is at the forefront of World Obstacle, promoting fairness and equal opportunities for all participants within the competitions they oversee. These events include the Ninja OCR World Championships, Ninja World Series and World Series Finals, OCR in the Southeast Asian Games, the Youth OCR World Championships, the FISO OCR World Championships, Continental Championships, and events at International Multisport Games.
Important aspects to manage include results and rankings, rule enforcement, coaching, training camps and the appointment of officials. The mission of World Obstacle is to promote the sport of Obstacle Course Racing throughout the world, complying with the requirements specified by the International Olympic Committee and the International Paralympic Committee. One of the key goals of the organisation is to promote the sport for the greater good of humanity, with the emphasis on providing access to athletes at all levels of skill and ability. World Obstacle is based in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Obstacle course racing also became an intricate part of military training, and the World Military Games is an annual competition that started in 1950. The event is managed by the International Military Sports Council (CISM). Tough Guy, started in 1987, is widely thought to be the earliest contemporary obstacle course race. Since then, several other similar events have sprung up across the world, attracting contemporary and professional athletes. Another such famous event is the Spartan Race. It was also from here that World Obstacle was founded with one of the key objectives to take the sport to the Olympic Games.