Six current and former AIMS member participated in the World Masterships 2019 from the highest level. Aikido, Judo, Kick Boxing, Sambo, Savate, Jiu Jitsu and Muaythai all participated. Leading personalities from the AIMS Council, President Fox, Vice President Panagiotis, Council Members Miguel Buchel, Julie Gabriel, Kei Izawa and former president Espen Lund all contributed to the success of the event. The AIMS family says thank you to Chungju and the World Masterships!
AIMS Family Says Thank You to World Martial Arts Masterships
Six current and former AIMS member participated in the World Masterships 2019 from the highest level. Aikido, Judo, Kick Boxing, Sambo, Savate, Jiu Jitsu and Muaythai all participated. Leading personalities from the AIMS Council, President Fox, Vice President Panagiotis, Council Members Miguel Buchel, Julie Gabriel, Kei Izawa and former president Espen Lund all contributed to the success of the event. The AIMS family says thank you to Chungju and the World Masterships!
AIMS Family Says Thank You to World Martial Arts Masterships
Six current and former AIMS member participated in the World Masterships 2019 from the highest level. Aikido, Judo, Kick Boxing, Sambo, Savate, Jiu Jitsu and Muaythai all participated. Leading personalities from the AIMS Council, President Fox, Vice President Panagiotis, Council Members Miguel Buchel, Julie Gabriel, Kei Izawa and former president Espen Lund all contributed to the success of the event. The AIMS family says thank you to Chungju and the World Masterships!
International Aikido Federation at the Chungju, World Martial Arts Masterships 2019
The IAF team had a wonderful participation at the World Martial Arts Masterships in Korea. We were present in the event with an Aikido seminar conducted by our Ambassador, Shihan Christian Tissier 8 Dan, and a complex demonstration session. Aikido had the weekend of 31 Aug – 1 Sep allocated in the international martial arts event that took place in Chungju, South Korea. The first day comprised the Aikikai Aikido seminar conducted by Shihan Christian Tissier 8 Dan, who was the Ambassador of Aikido at the World Martial Arts Masterships 2019. The participants followed his directions with great interest and interacted with new people on tatami for practicing the Aikido techniques. The second day comprised the Aikido demonstration session, called Embukai. After the opening ceremony, that was lead by Shihan Christian Tissier, the session started with the demonstration offered by Korea Aikido Federation. The IAF team presented the demonstrations on several sections: 1) Basic techniques 2) Advanced techniques 3) Weapons 4) Experts. The final demonstration was offered by the IAF Ambassador, Shihan Christian Tissier 8 Dan.
One Week Count Down to the World Urban Games
Excitement is rising as we count down just one week until the spotlight shines bright on the World Urban Games. Over 50 cities approached GAISF the Global Associations of International Sports Federations, the key pillar of the wider sports movement with 125 members, associate members and observers including both Olympic and Non-Olympic sports. One of Europe’s most elegant and cosmopolitan cities is the Hungarian capital of Budapest, one of the major sporting capitals in Europe. Budapest will be the host of this significant event and without a doubt the ultimate global platform for the new generation of urban sports. 3×3 Basketball, BMX freestyle and Breaking, are set for inclusion in the Tokyo 2020 with Paris 2024 Olympic programs on the horizon. The International Olympic Committee welcomed the partnership between GAISF and Budapest stating it’s a great opportunity to test innovations that will bring the sports closer to the youth. GAISF President, Raffaele Chiulli, stated that “WUG and Budapest 2019 will witness some of the most inspirational urban athletes travelling from around the world where the games comprise a diverse program of competitions and showcase urban sports, complemented by a festival of youth-focused music, art and culture. GAISF is grateful for […]
AIMS President as a Guest of Honour at Sepaktakraw World Conference
Aim President, Stephan Fox, was the guest of honour and keynote speaker at the 2019 sepaktakraw conference with delegates from over 40 countries. Sepaktakraw General Secretary, Mr Abdul Halim Kader, welcomed the AIMS President and gave a full report to the delegates and the President on all recent developments of sepaktakraw as one of the founding members of AIMS. The AIMS President also had a chance to mingle and meet sepaktakraw athletes from around the world. The AIMS President spoke about how the sport is the universal element in cultures and how AIMS will continue to promote Olympism based on culture and sport. Mr Fox emphasised on sports and human rights and that every individual must have the possibility to practise sport and this must be done without any discrimination and that sport is one of the best ambassadors to promote human rights and the inclusion of all. The President presented special plaques to sepaktakraw leadership, the Vice President, Mr Boonchai Lohrpipat, and the General Secretary, Mr Abdul Halim Kader. The General Secretary thanked the AIMS President and stated that ISTAF will continue to be a valuable member of the Olympic and AIMS family.
AIMS Congratulates IDBF President
AIMS congratulates Mike Thomas on his re-election as IDBF President, at the occasion of the IDBF General Assembly in Pattaya, Thailand. Mike’s re-election goes to your enthusiasm and dedication which is highlighted in the 14th World Dragon Boat Racing Championships in Pattaya. It was an honour for the AIMS President to be invited and speak at the IDBF General Assembly and AIMS is looking forward to continuing the close cooperation between AIMS and IDBF as a valuable member of the AIMS family.
AIMS President as Guest of Honour at the IJF Gala
2019 Marks the 55th anniversary of Judo as an Olympic sport. It has debuted in 1964 so there could be no better place, one year before the 2020 Olympics, as to celebrate it in Tokyo. Judo is coming home, literally. Judo has become one f the most recognisable sports in the world and the credit must go to the IJF President, Marius Vizer, who has been acknowledged at the gala with the IOC most prestigious trophies, the IOC President’s Trophy. An achievement for the Judo family. It was a night to remember where 6 decades of Olympic champions were honoured. Many VIPs were presented that night, with IOC represented by John Coates, GAISF and SportAccord by Raffaele Chiulli. Congratulations to Judo also on all the social work that Judo family is doing.
AIMS President visits Ju-Jitsu Grand Prix
AIMS President followed an invitation by the Ju-Jitsu International Federation to visit the Ju-Jutsu Gand Prix held in Bangkok, Thailand. JJIF Director-General, Joachim Thumfart, welcomed the President and gave him a full tour through the venue. The AIMS President was not only impressed with the quality of the competition but also the number of participants and the inclusion of the social projects as part of the event. A special ceremony took place in which competition uniforms were being donated towards JJIF social projects and United Through Sports initiative. The AIMS President stated that Ju-Jitsu is an important member of the GAISF and AIMS family and the growth of the sport around the world speaks for itself.
AIMS President visited IFA
AIMS President, Stephan Fox, had the honour to visit the 2019 Fistball World Championships and also the IFA Awards Ceremony and United by Sports conference. President Fox congratulated the outgoing IFA President, Karl Weiss, on all his achievements over his 8 years of Presidency from 27 to 61 national federations. He also honoured Mr Weiss for all his work in the AIMS council and is looking forward to continued cooperation until the end of his term. The President certainly congratulated Jorn Verleger for becoming the new President and his energy and professionalism shines through all the work. He especially congratulated IFA on the congress and future planning, building on the IFA youth towards the future. The President also was taken in at the capacity arena with the exciting matches and Germany being crowned World Champion 2019. Congratulations to the IFA family.
Germany Fistball World Champion 2019 – Jörn Verleger (Germany) elected new IFA President – IFA Fistball Men World Cup 2023 in the SAP Arena Mannheim
The final attended by AIMS President Stephan Fox and AIMS Secretary General Gerhard Zimmermann as well as by GAISF Director Philippe Gueisbuhler, Andrew Hofer from the IOC Sports Department, IWGA board members Lukas Hinder, Volker Bernardi and IWGA CEO Achim Gossow was a demonstration of strength: With a 4-0 victory (11:4, 11:4, 11:9, 11:5) against Austria, the German Fistball team in Winterthur (Switzerland) won the world championship title. With an impressive performance in all positions, the defending champion in front of 5,819 spectators in the Schützenwiese stadium did not give the challenger from the neighbouring country the slightest chance and celebrated the third world title in a row after less than 50 minutes of playing time. Jörn Verleger from Munich, Germany was elected the sixth president in the history of the International Fistball Association (IFA). The 47-year-old sports manager succeeds Karl Weiss (Austria). Karl Weiss did not run for re-election after serving eight years as president of the Association. Weiss, who has led the IFA from 27 member nations to 61 national associations in the last eight years, has been elected Honorary President by the Congress. Vice Presidents elected Giana Hexsel (Brazil), Vikki Buston (New Zealand) and Steve Schmutzler (Germany). At […]
Congratulations to Jorn Verleger
The AIMS family would like to congratulate Jorn Verleger as the 6th President of the International Fistball Associations. Mr Verleger has been the General Secretary of IFA since 2015 and has now replaced the former President, Karl Weiss. AIMS is looking forward to continuing the close cooperation with IFA with Mr Verleger and Mr Weiss, the former President, will continue his role as the AIMS council member until the end of his term.
Winterthur is ready for the Fistball World Championship
WINTERTHUR. Every four years the Men’s Fistball world championships take place. This year they are being held in Winterthur, Switzerland. From 11 to 17 August, 18 of the world’s best men’s fistball teams are playing for the coveted World Championship title. The event is also Qualifier for The World Games 2023. Furthermore, IFA will elect a new President and Board of Directors as IFA President Karl Weiss in not running again. New standards on the Schützenwiese The main games are being held in a fistball stadium that has been built within the football stadium Schützenwiese. The stadium has a seating capacity of 7,500. For the semi-finals and finals, the stadium should be a sell out and pre-sales have sold 11,000 tickets. The national teams from Germany, Brazil, Austria and Switzerland are the main contenders for the Gold Medal. The entire field of participants covers five continents and teams from New Zealand, Japan and Argentina will also be playing in Winterthur. All teams want to overthrow top seed Germany With eleven titles won out of the previous 14 World Championships, Germany is the favourite at the upcoming event. The team of national coach Olaf Neuenfeld currently holds all the titles up for […]
Official press conference of the 16th WMF Minigolf World Championships in Kunshan, China
The first official press conference of the 16th WMF Minigolf World Championships took place on Saturday, July 13th in Kunshan, China. The championships will be held near Kunshan in the ancient water town Zhouzhuang on October 18th – 27th. WMF President Dr. Gerhard Zimmermann represented WMF in the press conference and was one of the three speakers. In his speech, Zimmermann thanked the local organizer Kunshan Invengo Network Industrial Park Co., Ltd. for their cooperation and huge efforts for the minigolf sport, referred to big development possibilities for minigolf sport as an acknowledged official sport in China. He also described the current strategies of World Minigolf Sport Federation to support the national minigolf development in China by combining sport, education, media and business. A lot of media representatives and government officials were present at the conference and Chinese media has already published a lot of news from the press conference.
GAISF President and Vice President Visit the Judo Club That Has Inspired a City
GAISF President Raffaele Chiulli and GAISF Vice President Stefan Fox visited the Star Judo Club in Naples last week to meet its founder Gianni Maddaloni, a man who credits judo with keeping him on the right path and out of trouble. And now Maddaloni is committed to doing the same for the young people in his community. As part of the International Judo Federation’s (IJF) ‘Judo for the World’ initiative, the International Federation commissioned a series of videos which showcase individuals who have dedicated their time to changing the lives of others in their community through judo. Based in Scampia, near Naples, one of the most dangerous suburbs in Italy, Maddaloni opened the Star Judo Club in 1992 as a place to care of and inspire local people. After his son Giuseppe won the gold medal at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, Maddaloni was able to develop his idea. His mission was to give the community the opportunity to practice a sport, something they had not had beforehand. Many of the young people visiting his gym have no family support network and come from all walks of life. “Scampia was full of criminals, my own brother died in a prison […]
AIMS President Attends the Opening of Olympic House and Celebrates 125th Anniversary of the IOC
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today officially opened Olympic House – one of the most sustainable buildings in the world. The inauguration was the highlight of the very emblematic and emotional celebrations to mark the 125th anniversary of the IOC, which was founded on 23 June 1894 by Pierre de Coubertin. The ceremony was attended by 700 guests, including the AIMS President representing the AIMS family, Mr Stephan Fox, President of the Swiss Confederation, Ueli Maurer; the IOC Members; the Presidents of the 206 National Olympic Committees and the International Sports Federations; and more than 30 Olympic medallists who, together with the Olympic medallists amongst the IOC Members, have won more than 125 medals at the Olympic Games. For the traditional ribbon-cutting at the foot of the iconic unity staircase of Olympic House, IOC President Bach was joined by President Ueli Maurer, the IOC Executive Board members, the President of the Vaud Council of State, Nuria Gorrite; Council of State members Pascal Broulis and Philippe Leuba; the Mayor of Lausanne, Grégoire Junod; and a number of Olympic medallists. Designed to reflect the IOC’s overarching mission to make the world a better place through sport and the reforms of Olympic Agenda […]
Second Round of the Bangkok Urban Youth Tournament 2019
The second round of the Bangkok Urban Tournament took place last weekend with youth teams meeting again to compete in futsal, 3X3 basketball, sepak takraw, badminton and muaythai. The Bangkok Urban Youth Tournament is the continuation of the legacy left in the wake of the SportAccord Convention 2018 in Bangkok where charity, social and sports organisations such as United Through Sports, EXtreme Sports and Right To Play united to launch a multi-sports event to bring kids from different socio-economic backgrounds on to a shared field of play. All hands were on deck with officials and coaches from the Badminton Association of Thailand, International Federation of Muaythai Amateur, Sepak Takraw Association of Thailand, Thailand Basketball Association, Thailand Department of Physical Education and the Amateur Muaythai Association of Thailand volunteering their time to provide the various sports for the youths to partake. IFMA President Dr Sakchye Tapsuwan was representing Thailand, Khun Paisan Rangsikitpho from the Badminton Association of Thailand represented the Chair of the event Khun Ying Patama, Vice President of the World Badminton Federation and IOC Member. GAISF was represented by Vice President Stephan Fox and Right To Play by Asia Director Niamh De Loughry. One of the highlights of the events was the fact that a team […]
Thai Powerlifting in full power
It started at the SportAccord Convention 2018 in Bangkok that the Thai Powerlifting showcased their sport to the Thai public with the full support of the International Powerlifting Federation, AIMS and United Through Sports initiative. From then on, international championships have been organised under the energetic management of Mr John Coyle and close cooperation with IPF and AIMS. History is made as for the first time, Thai Powerlifting team will travel to Sweden and the proud national team and Mr John Coyle invited Mr Robert Keller, IPF Secretary-General and AIMS council member and the AIMS President, Mr Stephan Fox, to meet the athletes. Mr Keller showed his pride thanking Mr Coyle for all his devotion and the AIMS President congratulated the athletes on their achievements and wished them the time of their lives for their first world championships.
Ban Ki-moon Speaks at AIMS General Assembly
The 8th General Secretary of the United Nations was the keynote speaker at the 2019 AIMS General Assembly. Mr. Ban Ki-moon earned the highest respect for his work for peace, justice and human rights and he also chairs the IOC Ethical Commission. Mr. Ban Ki-moon spoke about the unifying power of sport. He spoke about the ability to unite, inclusivity, equality and the power of sport towards social change. He gave grace to the AIMS family for their initiative, United Through Sports, and this year’s United Through Sports Youth Festival as part of the Sport Accord Convention on the Gold Coast. The initiative which started in Bangkok at the convention is a perfect example of what can be accomplished by working together, sharing the same vision for the future and the youth of the world. The initiative, which again is patronized by the IOC, outlines the Olympic values and Olympic humanity and Mr. Ban Ki-moon thanked all the AIMS members council and the UTS team under the leadership of President Stephan Fox and he encouraged everyone to continue this inspiring initiative.
AIMS General Assembly Gold Coast 2019
The 2019 AIMS General Assembly was held during the SportAccord Convention on the Gold Coast and many important topics took place. There was a full agenda with many important topics, presentations and AIMS continued role as one of the IOC and GAISF recognized IF umbrella bodies. 2018 was an important year for AIMS as 4 sports received provisional IOC recognition. Namely, IFI, FILa, WAKO and FIAS. AIMS will continue to work closely with the IOC and GAISF and in cooperation with ASOIF, AWIF and ARISF to benefit each individual member federation. AIMS president, Stephan Fox, had the honour to welcome many dignities such as the 8th UN General Secretary, Ban Ki-moon, WADA President, Sir Craig Reedie, Sports Department Senior Manager, Andrew Hoffer and many others to the Congress. The IOC made a detailed presentation for the cooperation and future recognition of the individual IFs. WADA outgoing president, Sir Craig Reedie, highlighted the close cooperation between WADA and AIMS over the years. The AIMS General Secretary, Gerhard Zimmermann, gave a detailed report and the AIMS Congress also approved the decisions of the executive council for the continued United Through Sports initiative and also for a further term of Stephan Fox as AIMS […]
GAISF Leadership Visits Kazakhstan
The Sports Ministry of Kazakhstan invited the GAISF leadership to the Capital City, Nursultan, which has been awarded the 2021 World Combat games. The two day visit included an important conference in which over 500 delegates of various combat sports and martial arts came together for the forum. The former Prime Minister and Chairman of the National Security Committee Karim Massimov who is also the President of the Kazakhstan Martial Art Federation, did a welcome speech to the President of GAISF and SportAccord , Raffaele Chiulli, GAISF Vice President, Stephan Fox and the Director of GAISF, Philippe Gueisbuhler. Mr. Massimov outlined the unique power of sport, especially martial arts and the importance of GAISF as the umbrella body for recognized international sports federations. Many other important personalities were included: Mr. Muhamediuly Arystanbek, Minister of Culture and Sports, Mr. Dauren Abayev, Minister of Information and Communications, Mr. Saken Mussaibekov, Kazakhstan NOC Secretary General and Mr. Anuar Sadykulov, Head of the State of Security Service. President Mr. Chiulli thanked on behalf of GAISF for the invitation, highlighting again, the importance of Kazakhstan in the world of sport and the importance Kazakhstan gives to sport and active society. Stephan Fox, the Chair of the Multi-sport Games […]
Hats Off Party Rocks the Gold Coast
The AIMS Hats Off party has become an institution at the yearly SportAccord Convention to celebrate initiatives, achievements and just coming together as friends. In 2018, 4 of the AIMS members have been recognised, namely WAKO, IFI, FILa and FIAS. This was a record as never before that the IOC has given provisional recognition to 4 sports within 1 year. The venue was at the Kurrawa Surf Club and it was a full house with IOC members, Presidents of World Federations, Queensland Government, City of Gold Coast and so many more. GAISF President, Raffaele Chiulli, and AIMS President, Stephan Fox, welcomed everyone in the beautiful surrounding then gave the floor to the 4 recognised federations. President of Icestock Sport, Manfred Shaffer, gave a special token to AIMS President, Stephan Fox, with his original hat from 2002 when Ice Stock first submit their IOC recognition. At the end, a toast was made towards continued cooperation. They have now moved to the ARISF family but they never leave AIMS family, they will always be our members by heart.
ARISF & AIMS Joint Welcome Dinner at the 2019 SportAccord Convention
As done in previous years, at the start of the SportAccord Convention, the 60 members of the ARISF & AIMS family came together for a night between friends. Many VIP delegates from the IOC, Queensland Government joined the surprise party including the 8th Secretary General of the United Nations, H.E. Mr Ban Ki Moon. Three buses and many VIP cars whisked the delegates off to the surprise venue the Warner Bros. Movie World Theme Park. Delegates were welcomed by none other than Ms Marilyn Monroe at the Fountain of Fame after walking the red carpet. GAISF/SportAccord and ARISF President Raffaele Chiulli and AIMS President Stephan Fox made their welcome speech and everyone toasted to sport and friendship. The function kicked into high gear as the DC Roller Coaster opened up for the private function where all delegates including Mr Ban Ki Moon took a ride (or two!) on the thrilling ride. After the adrenaline rush, the guests were led to the Star Pavillion through a vibrant street setting and a live performance by Ms Monroe. The lights went out and Bat Man arrived on his Bat Mobile to the delight of all the young-hearted delegates experiencing the first welcome dinner of […]
AIMS Council meet in Australia
After the last AIMS council meeting which was held during the youth Olympics in Buenos Aires, the first 2019 council meeting was held on the Gold Coast during the 2019 SportAccord Convention. AIMS President, Stephan Fox, welcomed the entire council to this important meeting and convention. Many important decisions had been made with the strategic plan for the next 2 years. The AIMS President also confirms another term in the GAISF council.
Greatest Honour for AIMS President
A special ceremony took place in the presence of the IOC President Thomas Bach, HRH Prince Faisal, GAISF & SportAccord President Raffaele Chiulli, WADA President Sir Craig Reedie and many others. The 8th Secretary General of the United Nations H.E. Ban Ki Moon awarded the AIMS President, Stephan Fox, the position of Co-Chairman of the 2019 Chungju World Martial Arts Masterships of which Mr Ban Ki Moon is Honorary President. The 8th UN Secretary General whom is also Chairman of the IOC Ethics Commission stated that the AIMS President is a great advocate to the Olympic and Martial Arts values and Olympic humanity.
Bangkok Urban Success Story
Sport Is Your Gang is an initiative which started many years ago providing safe playgrounds especially for children from challenged backgrounds. The Bangkok Sport Accord Convention 2018 was hailed as one of the most successful, especially with the UN initiative born by AIMS, one of the five IOC and GAISF recognized umbrella bodies. The initiative was called United Through Sports (UTS) and the three day festival, with the participation of over 60 sports and conferences which was given full patronage of the IOC, involved many participants including refugee and disadvantaged youth. Money was raised to give sport equipment and great playground areas. One of the initiatives, still in the aftermath and thanks to the help of UTS, IFMA, Right to Play and the sponsoring of Extreme Entertainment, was the creation of the Bangkok Urban Youth Games. The event is also under the patronage of Khunying Patama, Thailand’s IOC member. The event series will run for 5 months with the final being played on His Majesty’s, The King’s birthday celebration.
AIMS President invited as guest of honor in Thailand Ju-jitsu Championships.
Ju-jitsu has a huge popularity in the world and is very active in the Kingdom itself. IJJF, the world governing body for Ju-jitsu is recognized by GAISF and AIMS. The President of IJJF, Khun Chuchart, is also the Vice President of AIMS. IJJF is included in many multi-sport games. The Thailand Ju-jitsu Federation under the presidency of Khun Chuchart, staged the National Championship and invited AIMS President as the guest of honor. President, Stephan Fox, congratulated the Thailand Ju-jitsu Federation on all their efforts and having over 700 junior athletes participating at the National Championships speaks for itself. Congratulations to the Ju-jitsu Thailand Federation!
AIMS President invited for Fistball Thailand Conference
Fistball is a very popular sport governed by the International Fistball Association (IFA) with national federations in around 60 countries. IFA is a member of GAISF, AIMS, IWGA and a full medal sport in The World Games. Bangkok hosted the 2018 Sport Accord Convention and history was made with the Bangkok Sport Festival under patronage of the IOC. IFA saw this as a great opportunity to set the roots for a national federation and sent one of their most outstanding female athletes, Ines Mayer, to Thailand and Rangsit University took the initiative to support, establish the sport in their own university and promote it through other universities in Thailand. Ines, then established programs in this university and organized its first Fistball tournament and since then has established the sport in the Kingdom of Thailand. Rangsit University organized a coaches workshop hosted in the beautiful compound of the university and Ines was again invited to coach and further promote the sport. AIMS President Stephan Fox was the keynote speaker at this event and he thanked first of all, Rangsit University for their efforts to promote new sports in Thailand, Ines for her outstanding Pioneer work and IFA as an AIMS member […]
Bangkok Urban Youth Tournament 2019
In an often divided world, sport is an important connection that unites people across and within societies promoting unity in diversity. There are countless examples of the unifying strength of sport. The Olympic value focuses on friendship, respect and excellence combined with the paralympic values of determination, inspiration, courage and equality. The objective of the Olympic movement is to contribute in building a more peaceful and better world by educating youth through sport and practise without discrimination of any kind. Pierre de Coubertin founder of the modern Olympic movement believed that sport contributed to the harmonious and well-balanced development of the body, personality and the mind. The interaction between sport, education and culture is encouraged by the Olympic movement to promote Olympism, Olympic ideals, reinforce cooperation with educational bodies and with projects focused on the youth. Alliances are crucial, and this is what was established at the 2018 SportAccord Convention in Bangkok with the formation of United Through Sports (UTS) and the many supporters. The IOC, AIMS, GAISF, RTP, UNESCO, UN Women, Generation for Peace, Peace and Sport, WADA and Royal Thai Government were amongst those endorsing the initiative. One of the key persons behind UTS is GAISF Vice President […]
New Aikido Umbrella Organizations
Two new umbrella organizations are to be created after the meetings the IAF representatives had with several organizations in Turkey and Saudi Arabia, this week. The representatives of 5 Hombu recognized organizations in Turkey had a fruitful meeting with Dorin Marchis, IAF DC Member, on Friday, the 22nd of February 2019. TURKISH AIKIKAI is the new umbrella organization that will comprise the 5 entities: Antalya Aikikai Istanbul Aikikai Turkish Aikikai Aikido Organization United Aikido Organization Yalcin Yenice Aikido Organization. It was a great joy to see that everybody present at the meeting was very willing to collaborate so that Turkish Aikikai becomes IAF member. Also, the conditions of another umbrella organization, in Saudi Arabia, were being discussed during the same day by Wilko Vriesman, IAF General Secretary, with Saudi Aikikai and Saudi Aikido Association. Both organizations agreed to sign a covenant of cooperation in this direction. The IAF representative had a meeting with the Public Service Department of the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu in Saudi Arabia, to discuss the support for the development of Aikido in Saudi Arabia. The Royal Committee expressed the idea and volition to develop Aikido and also to support female practitioners on tatami.
SportAccord 2018 Legacy Continues in Bangkok
Bankgkok, Thailand – The SportAccord Convention 2018 in Bangkok has been remembered as one of the most outstanding, particularly with the initiative United Through Sports which saw events leading up to the convention and building up to the Bangkok Sports Festival with over 60 sports participating. History was made when the youth team of displaced and disadvantaged children from the Mae La Camp participated in the event. The festival opened with a conference joined by many personalities including IOC President Dr Thomas Bach. The four-day event came to an inspiring close with the conference “Leaving a Legacy” behind with key-note speaker His Royal Highness Prince Faisal. The initiative spear-headed by AIMS under the full patronage of the IOC, GAISF and SportAccord raised donations throughout the week to leave something behind for children in need. As the SportAccord convention prepares for the Gold Coast Australia, Bangkok holds activities and where donations have been made. United Through Sports, Right To Play and IFMA teamed up to distribute donations form SportAccord Convention to the Tak Province Mae La camp in December. Last Saturday saw the SportAccord Managing Director Nis Hatt travel to Bangkok to participate in the extension of the Sport Is Your […]
Mr Ban Ki-Moon becomes Honorary President of 2019 Cheongju World Martial Art Masterships
In a special ceremony held in Cheongju, Mr Ban accepted the position to stand as President of the 2019 World Martial Art. The former United Nation Secretary General and current head of the IOC Ethics Commission needs no introduction. The slogan of the 2019 event will be “Beyond the times, bridge the world”. The event is more than just a competition, it is a festival of martial art enthusiasts and athletes combining the various martial arts and culture. The President of the 2019 event will be Mr Chungwon Choue, President of World Taekwondo which also leads the Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation empowering refugees. The President of the Organising Committee and Governor of Cheong Ju, Mr Si-Jong Lee stated that he is “proud to host this event with the full support of the Korean Government and the Olympic Committee of Korea. Many GAISF and IOC recognised combat and martial art sports will participate”. Mr Ban Ki-Moon made an emotional address outlining the unique beauty that each of the participating martial arts have. He also spoke with passion about the many social projects martial arts contribute to society.
Right To Play, UTS and IFMA visit to Rohinga Refugee Camp
Over 30 years ago, countless Rohinga families fled from violent human rights abuse and conflict within Myanmar (Burma) and have been “temporarily” living in nine refugee camps within the Tak Province along the western border of Thailand. With over 120,000 refugees in this region, they contribute to the fastest growing refugee crisis in the world. Rohinga families currently have no alternative than to live in cramped shacks in over-crowded make-shift communities. Regular risk of fires sweeping through these camps means that each house is adorned with rows of small plastic bags above their entrances filled with water or sand. These families live where they can, with little access to medical care, they are dependent on donations. Many have been born into the camps never stepping foot outside of the gated and guarded compounds. Dusty air, poor nutrition and hygiene is the reality for these families. There is no alternative but to live off donated rations. Here they eat what is available and what they are given. Here there is no privacy, almost no personal space and a lack of basic amenities. Children marry young, create their own families, receive basic education provided by elected teachers within the camps. With limited […]
IAF – The Disability Working Group in Action
“Everyone has a spirit that can be refined, a body that can be trained in some manner, a suitable path to follow.” Morihei Ueshiba For the first time, two wheelchairs using Aikido teachers taught together in Aikido clinics in Europe. Lydia Zijdel, the Chairperson of the Disability Working Group of the IAF, from Netherland, and Molly Hale, member of the same working group, from USA, organised a tour where they taught together in Netherland. This event was organised in cooperation with Aikikai Netherland, under the aegis of IAF. Lydia Zijdel (Sandan) started with Erik Louw Shihan, with the assistance of Wilko Vriesman Shihan in Amsterdam, in March 1983. This was only 6 months after a car accident whereby her cervical spine and spinal cord were damaged. Not only learning on the mat the beauty of Aikido, but also realizing its effect on her rehabilitation to sit, to balance her body and becoming more at ease with the physical abilities she had lost. Since then, Lydia became a driving force in Europe for the inclusion of people with a disability within the Aikido and Martial Arts Community. In 2010 she become the IAF Ambassador for Aikido in the Beijing, Combat Games. […]
Season’s Greetings 2019
The AIMS family would like to wish everyone happy holidays and a great start to the New Year.
Three AIMS IFs Gain IOC Provisional Recognition
Three members of the Alliance of Independent Recognised Members of Sport (AIMS), Federation Internationale de Sambo (FIAS), Federation of International Lacrosse (FILx) and World Association of Kickboxing Organizations (WAKO, have been granted provisional recognition during the IOC Executive Board meeting in Tokyo, Japan, on 30 November 2018. The Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) would like to congratulate the three Federations for this achievement, as well as AIMS for their continued support of its members. Within sport, goals are only achieved with strong effort, and this news proves once again that hard work, resilience, determination and patience pay off. The three Federations will now act as an example for all of AIMS members. This recognition proves that the cooperation between GAISF, ARISF and AIMS is only growing stronger, thus enhancing the promotion of Olympic values and principles and helping individual Federations develop on and off the field. First Vice President of GAISF and President of ARISF Raffaele Chiulli, said: “It is fantastic to see these three Federations gain the recognition they worked so hard for in the past years. It highlights to all our members the importance of dedication and cooperation amongst IOC, GAISF, ARISF and […]
World Martial Art Meeting in Korea
The 2018 general assembly of the World Masterships was held in Korea under the chairmanship of the esteemed governor of Cheoungju province, Governor Si Jong Lee. Representatives from around the world traveled to Cheoungju to participate in the forum which had many important speakers. The afternoon meeting was on the organisation of the upcoming 2019 Games, under the honourary president of former UN General Secretary, Ban Ki Moon, and the President for 2019 of the World Taekwando Federation, Dr. Chungwon Choue. The governor opened the assembly followed by GIASF Vice President, Mr. Stephan Fox, honouring the late President Patrick Baumann with a minute of silence. Many AIMS member federations participated in that meeting including AIMS Vice President and President of Ju Jitsu, Mr. Panagiotis Theorodopoulus.
Olympic Humanity Shines Bright in Buenos Aires
4,000 young athletes from around the world came together to participate in the 2018 Youth Olympics celebrating sport, culture, education and above all making friends. A special event was held on the 8th August, demonstrating the Olympic values and the beauty of life. The charity event took place in tandem with the Olympism in Action forum, organized by the International Olympic Committee which brought together Olympic movement stakeholders and civil society to share experiences, inspiring stories, challenging questions, intricate dialogues and above all, to discuss how sports can create positive change around the world. Sport has so many stories, it creates hope and can make a difference whereby at the core Olympic humanity is key. The SportAccord Convention in Bangkok was deemed a big success, with special social initiatives for displaced children and those with different abilities. Two children from Thailand had their dream come true through an incentive program and earnt the chance to be a part of the Youth Olympic experience. In addition to their participation, was the attendance of Thailand’s Wild Boar Team who became one of the world’s most known 2018 football teams. The 12 boys and their coach had been trapped inside a dense cave for […]
IAF News: Female Instructors Seminar in Netherlands
The Annual Aikido Seminar in Netherlands, that is conducted by female instructors, run its course full well. Women and also men gathered to practice together on tatami. The instructors that lead the course were Jeanette Tanis, Trudeke Sterringa, Satomi Ishikawa and Caroline Bied-Charreton, all four of them from Netherland, and also Laura Copello from Argentina. With over 45 years of Aikido experience, Laura brought a lot of knowledge to the seminar, showed many steady positions and effective movements. Despite the different backgrounds, all the teachers looked for common frame. The participants worked on Aikido basics such as taking low stands, making correct tai sabaki, opening the chest and connecting to others with the hara. The seminar took place on the 28th of October, in Amsterdam. It was a seminar of meeting and sharing with a good atmosphere. Article from : http://www.aikido-international.org
They had a Dream… it Came True.
For ten year old Krisana Padsawai and Arithat Nilsarika aged eleven, giving their best certainly did not go unnoticed. As participants in one of Thailand’s social projects, they were granted the option to travel to Buenos Aires as a reward incentive for good behaviour and contribution to society. The boys were accompanied by Chewin Waenrungroj who spends his weekends teaching Muaythai and guiding disadvantaged children at one of IFMA’s street projects as a part of the globally successful initiative Sport Is Your Gang. Krisana and Arithat both come from challenged and low socio-economic backgrounds in the city of Bangkok. For these boys, owning a passport with their name, being onboard an aircraft for the first time and being able to meet the elite leaders of the sporting world, witnessing the spirit of the Youth Olympics was more than a dream. For both boys this was to be a life-changing experience. The Olympic journey of the boys did not begin in Buenos Aires, they had been a part of the IOC patronised Bangkok United Through Sports Festival which was a part of the 2018 SportAccord Convention. Here they had the chance for the first time to meet with so many personalities from […]
Beijing Confirmed as Host City for SportAccord 2020
LAUSANNE, Switzerland – SportAccord is delighted to announce Beijing, capital of the People’s Republic of China, as Host City for the 18th edition of SportAccord which is set to take place from 19 – 24 April 2020. One of the six ancient cities in China, Beijing is the nation’s economic, political and cultural centre. It serves as the main transportation hub for Northern China with frequent flights and an excellent infrastructure, making it easy for delegates to reach Beijing. Mr. Chen Jining, Mayor of Beijing and Executive President of Beijing Organizing Committee for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, said: “Hosting the 2020 SportAccord Convention will promote the sports development in Beijing and China at large, further Beijing’s exchanges and cooperation with the international sports community, boost the preparations for the 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics, and contribute to the development of world sports.” “SportAccord shows its trust for my city by hosting 2020 SportAccord Convention in Beijing. We will fully explore the strengths of the city and deepen cooperation with the SportAccord and International Sports Federations to ensure the Convention is a fruitful event.” With many high-profile events on the horizon such as the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup and […]
AIMS Attends the 2018 IF Forum
AIMS is a proud member of the GAISF and SportAccord Family, and the 2018 edition of the IF Forum traditionally held in the Olympic Capital was one to remember under theme “Open Doors and Open Minds – New Tools for IFs”. The session started with an IF Briefing where the 100+ international federations and organisations convened. It started with a minute of silence led by the GAISF Council in loving memory of the late GAISF President Patrick Baumann which made GAISF One voice for all Sport, and a promise by the council to continue his legacy, using the power of sport to build a brighter tomorrow. Raffaelle Chiulli was voted by the Council to be Acting President until the forthcoming General Assembly scheduled for May next year in the Gold Coast, Australia. IFMA General Secretary Stephan Fox will continue in his role as the Vice President of GAISF. The IOC President Dr Thomas Bach was the opening speaker making an emotional tribute to the late President, followed by Francesco Ricci-Bitti, President of ASOIF and acting President Raffaele Chiulli. Dr. Bach stated “This year’s IF Forum is an important follow up to the discussions we had in Buenos Aires. The rapid development […]
AIMS family meet for a minute of silent
The AIMS family come together in Lausanne to honour the late former President of GAISF, Patrick Baumann. Patrick died in the evening of October 13, following a heart attack while attending the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires. Only 2 days before, he was at the AIMS council meeting to inspire the AIMS family. He was an inspirational leader whose vision, enthusiasm, personality, transformed GAISF following his election to the Presidency in 2016. His life was dedicated to sport and he was one of the leading administrators of his generation. The AIMS family come together to mourn but also to celebrate Patrick’s life and the best way to remember him is to continue his legacy.
AIMS Council meeting in Buenos Aires
The youth of the world are our future in sports and in life. The 2018 Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires was a perfect event for the AIMS Council to celebrate the Olympic values and enjoy the immense beauty of sport. The International Olympic Committee invited AIMS to be a part of this exceptional event with the inauguration of the first ever Olympism in Action Forum. The forum was well received bringing together the Olympic movement stakeholders and civil society. AIMS can only praise the initiative and the evident power of sport to create positive change not only on the micro, but also on a macro level. The council meeting was held at the IOC Headquarter, the befitting Hilton Hotel in centre of the city where the council was certainly blessed and honoured to have the inspirational late President of GAISF and SportAccord Mr. Patrick Buamann in attendance. IOC Sport Director, Mr. Kit McConnell joined the meeting and welcomed AIMS on behalf of the IOC. Mr. McConnell’s presence expressed clearly the close relationship between the IOC and AIMS, as well as the importance AIMS has as one of the 5 recognised International Federation umbrella organisations. Mr. Philippe Gueisebuhler, head of GAISF Administration […]
Sport Is Your Gang Makes Dreams Come True
A dream came true for Thailand’s Krisana Padsawa (10) and Arithat Nilsarika (11). Sport Is Your Gang (SIYG) is an initiative founded by the International Federation Muaythai Amateur many years ago. The youth-based initiative functions in corporation with many key humanitarian organisations including Peace and Sport, Generation for Peace and UNESCO. The objective of SIYG is to support and empower youth from challenging backgrounds and encourage them to participate in exercise and dialogue exchange programs towards a healthier and active lifestyle. SIYG focuses on communities facing economic hardship, increased immigrant populations in urban environments and includes victims of crime and bullying. Many youths find themselves without real opportunities for self-advancement and consequently many of these youths find belonging in street gangs where education suffers through truancy and lack of a stable support system. IFMA advocates the potential of sport understanding how importance of cultivating self-respect and self-belief, and for these children to find a safe and trusted environment amidst adversity. The SIYG project has been successfully integrated in many IFMA National Federations around the world and has gained the highest respect from the sports community. In 2014, they were awarded the SportAccord “Spirit of Sport Award” for their contribution towards […]
AIMS mourns the loss of Patrick Baumann
Patrick Baumann will always be remembered for his vision and beliefs in the true power of sport and Olympic humanity. Through his leadership Patrick has united us into one voice. He has respected each and every member of the world sports family, Olympic and Non-Olympic. His energy, his optimism, his intelligence, his down to earth approach, his positivity and his sense of humour touched and inspired us all. Patrick was a man of sport, on and off the field of play, he understood, practised and preached sport for the good of humankind. His integrity in many ways has given us credibility and we can only be grateful for the time, effort and support he has given to sports and the future of our youth regardless to where we are in the sporting tree. Patrick’s legacy will not fade, we must all continue to stand and be the one family he wanted us to be. This is the promise we must make. He was a true friend to all of us and our hearts and condolences are with his wife, two children, his family and to every one who loved and respected him for the great man he has been.
Nanairo Ekiden Event in Uruguay
Uruguay gathered a lot of active people yesterday, in Canelones, for the Nanairo Ekiden event. The Aikido Federation of Uruguay, member of IAF, joined the activities of the Nanairo Ekiden organized by Red Internacional Basquetbol Educativo, the Juan Salvador Gaviota School and the University of Tsukuba, on the 7th of October 2018, in Canelones, Uruguay. “It was a pleasant surprise to see that even though there were a lot of loud expressing spectators, during the Aikido demonstration everybody turned quiet and paid attention to what was happening on the tatami.” said Lilamani de Soysa, from the University of Tsukuba, present at the event. The Aikido demonstration was one of the featured sports together with basketball, baskin (adapted basketball), wheelchair basketball and zumba dancing, performed by the Uruguayan Down Syndrome Federation. His Excellency, the Japanese Ambassador Tatsuhiro Shindo, together with wife, watched the demonstration and the activities. The Aikido demonstration, with the participation of Makoto Kikugawa Sensei, JICA volunteer in Uruguay, was added value to this inclusive educational event. The Nanairo Ekiden is based on the traditional Japanese Ekiden race together with educational activities based on Olympic and Paralympic values: friendship, respect, excellence, determination, inspiration, courage and equality. It is […]
Gold Coast Secures 2019 SportAccord Convention
After a very successful and memorable convention in Bangkok this year in April, the Gold Coast was confirmed to host the world’s largest and most important world sport and business summit. It will be held at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre from May the 5th to May the 10th, 2019. SportAccord President Patrick Baumann revealed that the success of the 2018 Commonwealth Games played a major role in the decision. Queensland Tourism Minister Kate Jones showed her pride and stated that Queensland, Australia’s 6th largest city known for it’s beautiful beaches is ready to welcome and host the world leaders of sport and securing it for the Gold Coast further enhances its reputation as a world class event destination. AIMS would like to congratulate Australia and the Gold Coast and we are all looking forward to embracing all the qualities, opportunities and Australian spirit, the Gold Coast and Queensland has to offer.
24-Hour International Aikido Marathon
Kosice will be the heart city of the 24-hour Aikido Marathon this year. 14 instructors from 7 countries will conduct the trainings of this event, during the 6 th -7 th of October 2018. At least a hundred people are expected to be on the tatami on the Saturday of October 6 and train continuously for 24 hours. The marathon starts at 11 a.m. and it is planned to have a break every 45 minutes so that the aikidoka would be able to go through the entire series of trainings. The panel of instructors emphasizes teachers from Slovakia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Sweden, Belgium, Germany and Ukraine. They are ready to train when they don’t teach so that they keep the motion of the marathon: Dusan Dreisig, Iveta Sudorova, Panni Becsagh, Norbert Hochstrsser, Helena Reguli, Zdenko Reguli, Martin Svihla, Vanda Svihlova, Andreas Falk, Sylvia Mucke, Alain Dujardin, Olga Stegura, Mikhail Rogach, Zuzana Gajdosova. Some may wonder how this could be possible, but the answer has multiple aspects such as enthusiasm of meeting friends, joy of training with passionate people or even establishing new limits of mind and physical resistance. The marathon is open to all aikidoka, regardless of rank or experience. […]
Asian Games Ends in Energetic Closing Ceremony
15 days of competition and friendship held across Jakarta and Palembang come to a close with an impressive fireworks display, an acrobatic dance performance involving hundreds of drummers, followed by a proud parade of nations. The capacity crowd which had many high-profile personalities including IOC President Dr Thomas Bach, OCA President Sheikh Ahmad Al Sabah, among others. Indonesia’s President Widodo started a series of speeches via Video Link from the Island of Lombok, which was hit by a 6.9 earthquake. He was accompanied by a crowd of survivors, and everyone stood in solidarity with Indonesia. OCA President Sheikh Al Sabah made a heartful speech and declared the Games over and the flag was handed over to the representative of the Chinese Olympic Committee and Hang Zhou Mayor Xu Liyi. A beautiful Chinese dance was performed to seal the hand over. Asia is looking forward the next edition of the Games in Hang Zhou. The rest of the evening was filled with entertainment with many international entertainers. IOC President Dr Bach stated “Congratulations Indonesia, Congratulations Asia, a great Asian Games, a young continent united in its love of sport, showing all its unity in all its diversity.” IFMA would like to […]
Death of Nat Indrapana, IOC Member
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Nat Indrapana, IOC Member in Thailand, at the age of 80. With a strong academic background, Nat Indrapana was a key figure in the development of sport in Thailand and Asia, holding numerous positions within sports organisations in his country and continent. He was Deputy Secretary General of the National Olympic Committee of Thailand; Chairman of the Sports Development and Improvement Committee at the Southeast Asian Federation; President of the Asian Trap and Skeet Shooting Federation; a Council member of the Asian Games Federation and of the Olympic Council of Asia; and a member of the University Sports Board of Thailand. IOC President Thomas Bach said: “With the death of Nat Indrapana, the IOC loses a true gentleman of sport. With his outstanding gentleness he made many friends around the world, including me. Over the years of his membership, Nat contributed greatly to the Olympic Movement and the protection of its values. For this, he mobilised all his personal forces to serve the IOC even while fighting his serious disease. We will all miss him greatly.” Indrapana entered the IOC in 1990 and had more recently […]
Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games, 6 – 10 October
It’s just 10 weeks to go til the 3rd Summer Youth Olympic Games starts in Buenos Aires, where more than 3,500 athletes between the ages of 15 and 18 will compete on the world stage. The lighting of the Youth Olympic flame on 24 July at the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens, Greece, will mark the start of a 60-day torch tour, culminating in the official Opening Ceremony on 6 October at the Obelisk in Buenos Aires. Tune in for the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic flame lighting ceremony LIVE! Click here to watch now
GAISF WELCOMES APPLICATIONS FOR .SPORT DOMAIN PORTFOLIO
GAISF has officially launched the .sport extension programme, offering its members the opportunity to secure their own .sport domain portfolio. As digital technology continues to evolve, International Federations (IFs) with a recognised and protected domain will ensure they are positioned as the global leader in their sport. Owning a .sport domain from GAISF helps by instantly identifying an organisation or individual as a recognised, credible and trusted member of the global sports family. Each IF will acquire a portfolio that can include a number of domains, providing information for fans in more than 30 different languages. For every domain that isn’t actively managed by a Member, GAISF creates pages which includes a visual of the IF or event and a redirection to the Member’s main website, ensuring that each IF has a vast digital landscape but that traffic to its active sites are never lost. Having an identifiable domain such as .sport gives all federations that choose to opt in to the initiative an unmistakable association to the sport ecosystem, as well as the opportunity to adopt a fresh and straightforward digital image that is easy discoverable by fans of the sport. Governing bodies, athletes, clubs, event organisers, media/publishers, as […]
United for Olympic Day 2018, Bangkok, Thailand
The Olympic run in Thailand was a huge success with over 12,000 participants coming together in the early hours of the 24th of June to do a five or ten kilometre run. IFMA and United Through Sport certainly were there in full force to not only participate but also take the opportunity for important meetings with the President of the NOC of Thailand General Prawit Wongsuwon who is also the Deputy Prime Minister, the Minister of Tourism and Sports Weerasak Kowsurat, the Vice President of the Olympic Committee General Charouk Areeratchakaran and Khunying Patama Leeswadtrakul, Thailand IOC Member and President of Thailand Badmintion National Federation. IFMA General Secretary and GAISF Vice President Stephan Fox lead the IFMA team together with Charissa Tynan the Sport Director. AIMS was represented by Executive Secretary Panida Ottesen, United Through Sport Julia Govinden, FAMA was represented by Azadeh Kamyabi, the European Muaythai Federation by Gleb Kalita and the list goes on. IFMA Sport Director Charissa Tynan stated that it was a great opportunity for a great morning workout but also to remind us of the Olympic values. Julia Govinden from United Through Sport stated that this morning brought together not only all of the representatives […]
Unique Art Workshop With Valentina Jarrett Where Kids Create
The SportAccord Convention 2018 edition took a fresh direction with the incorporation of activities that included a United Through Sports Art workshop led by Valentina Jarrett. With her warm spirit, the engaging Mrs. Jarrett volunteered to teach and inspire a group of displaced children from the Tak province (Mae la, Umpiem and Nu Po camps) to create art depicting sports using recycled materials to create beautiful pieces. Aside from being a part of the United Through Sports opening ceremony, the displaced youth participated in the Bangkok Sports Festival including; 3×3 basketball, street football and sepaktakraw. They also enjoyed other activities and workshops with Peace and Sport Olympic champion medal winner Pascal Gentil, French football legend Christian Karembeu and NBA basketball superstar Bismack Biyombo. During the unique afternoon event, the children expressed their freedom of creativity by using the logos of the 64 International Federations and the result was contemporary art illustrating sports of the participating IF’s. Assisting the afternoon events were translators from the organization Right To Play where the atmosphere was one of laughter, education about the principles of art and an exchange of ideas. The workshop came to a close over snacks and group photographs, with appreciation and thanks given […]
AIMS at Romanian Sports Forum
An important sport forum took place in Romania, organised by the Romanian Sports Institute. The event took place in one of the most historical but also most beautiful places, in Bucharest at the palace of parliament. Many speakers participated in this 3 day forum, including the IOC Member of Romania, President of Romanian NOC, Mr Mihai Covaliu, President of ARISF, Mr. Rafaelle Chiulli, CEO of FISU, President of R Sports to name a few. AIMS President, Stephan Fox, was one of the keynote speakers on the power of sports talking about the Olympic spirit of mutual understanding, the spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play. The AIMS President highlighted the fact that it’s not about the Olympic or non-Olympic sports but it is about “sports”. Regardless where we are in the recognised sporting pyramid that we must work as one to use the power of sport for good. We must promote sport for social change, work united against any kind of discrimination, gender equality, inclusion, youth development, education and peace building.
Successful cooperation ARISF-IFMA leads to unification of Muaythai in Italy
ARISF believes strongly in the concept of a unified front to support the healthy development of the sport on all levels. Over the last few years IFMA, ARISF International Federation Member, has initiated rigorous efforts to unify all Muaythai groups within the member countries. The unification processes have been accomplished in cooperation with the international sport governing bodies and national Olympic committees, in line with the interests of ARISF International Federations such as IFMA. Italy has become the latest member to sign this important MOU unifying the two national Muaythai federations in cooperation with the National Olympic Committee, the CONI. The signing ceremony took place in Rome in presence of the ARISF President Raffaele Chiulli, IFMA General Secretary Stephan Fox, CONI representative Anna Riccardi, FIKBMS President Donato Milano, FIMT President Mauro Bassetti and IFMA Executive Board Member Davide Carlot. ARISF President Raffaele Chiulli stated: “IFMA is an important member in the IOC recognised sporting family and I applaud IFMA’s initiatives to work for the overall sport development in each country”. “This cooperation was very important and its significance was truly highlighted by the presence of both the ARISF President and CONI representative at the signing ceremony” IFMA General Secretary Stephan […]
United Through Sport Closing Conference
After four days of the United Through Sport and Bangkok Sport Festival came to an end, the closing conference organised by the National Olympic Committee of Thailand and AIMS. The Ballroom at the Centara was filled with personalities and keynote speaker was His Royal Highness Prince Faisal, IOC Member and President National Olympic Committee of Jordan. The conference was opened with IOC member for Thailand Khunying Patama Leewadtrakul an Executive Board Member of the National Olympic committee of Thailand who welcomed all guests on their behalf. The Deputy Minister for Tourism and Sport Mr. Ittiphol Khunpluem thanked everyone on behalf of the Royal Thai Government for making the United Though Sport Campaign an important part of the SportAccord Convention leaving a legacy behind for youth in need. Rafaelle Chiulli President of ARISF spoke on behalf of GAISF and over 100 International Federations and organisations, outlining the importance of sport and society as well as the responsibilities of every stakeholder within the Olympic family. President of FISU Oleg Matytsin congratulated each and every person who contributed to UTS and confirmed that FISU not only supports but contributed to the campaign, as we all have an obligation to work towards a better tomorrow. […]
World Combat meeting in Bangkok
The 15 IOC and or GAISF recognised Combat Sports met in Bangkok under the leadership of chairman Stephan Fox who is also GAISF Vice-President. The meeting was shared by IOC Executive Member, Nenad Lalovic, who is also the President of United World Wrestling. Many topics were discussed in regards to establishing a working group towards the World Combat Games. Also discussions took place in order to do a martial arts and combat forum. Mr Stanislas Frossard, EPAS Executive Secretary, did an extensive presentation on behalf of the European Council. The GAISF combat commission has become a strong group within the world recognised family and 6 out of the 15 members will be part of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Cooporation is Key
The symbol of AIMS is a handshake of cooperation to ensure worldwide development of each member IF. The SportAccord Convention in Bangkok was the perfect platform to establish new federations before and during the convention. The Bangkok Sport Festival was a major hit and sports like Fistball and Powerlifting, took not only the opportunity to participate but at the same time set the foundation to establish new National Federations. a special meeting took place between AIMS and the Royal Thai Government to brief all interested IFs on the procedure. The meeting was opened by AIMS President, Stephan Fox, thanking the Royal Thai Government on all their initiatives then the deputy governor of the Sport Authority of Thailand went through all the criteria with the interested sports.
United Through Sport Conference
The 17th of April was a historical day in the world of sport with the official launch of the United Through Sport (UTS) initiative during the SportAccord Convention 2018 held in Bangkok. The Bangkok Sport Festival and UTS initiative was under the full patronage of the IOC and to show his support, IOC President Dr.Thomas Bach was keynote speaker at the opening conference of the festival. The President made a heartfelt speech congratulating the GAISF Vice President Mr Stephan Fox for his initiative and thanks was also given to United Through Sport CEO Mrs. Julia Govinden. The President outlined the goal of the Olympic movement, with emphasis on the Olympic spirit which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play. He highlighted the importance of the opening ceremony in PyeongChang with the unified Korean team reminding us that sport does not build walls, today more than ever we need the unifying power of sport. There were many welcoming speakers, including the GAISF President Patrick Baumann, President of ASOIF Francesco Ricci-Bitti and President of WADA Sir Craig Reedie. The event was opened by the Minister of Tourism and Sport his excellency Weerasak Kowsurat with many other speakers; […]
SPORTACCORD THAILAND SPORTS FESTIVAL AIMS TO MAKE A LASTING IMPACT
The streets of Bangkok came alive to the sights and sounds of sport as the inaugural SportAccord Thailand Sports Festival entertained a packed Centara World Square. It is the first time SportAccord has featured a Festival, taking the delegates onto the streets of Bangkok whilst at the same time engaging the local Thai people. The theme of the Festival was United Through Sport, and its mission is to make a tangible difference to the lives of children in displaced communities. Incorporating 58 different Olympic and non-Olympic federations, the Festival is a celebration of sport as well as culture. At the Opening Ceremony, children from all over Thailand came to perform, including those from displaced families. More than 100 children participated in the hour-long opening ceremony, and performances included songs from a displaced children’s choir, cheerleading and gymnastics squads and a traditional muay buran presentation. The driving force behind the SportAccord Thailand Sports Festival is Alliance of Internationally recognised Member Sports (AIMS) President Stephan Fox, who believes that sport can and should be used to change lives. “Ultimately, my aim is to make this world a better place,” Fox said. “To do this we must all be united in the sports movement to […]
Prelaunch of United Through Sport 2018 Bangkok Festival
Over 100 representatives of local and international press turned up at the official prelaunch held at the Arnoma Hotel Ballroom. The event opened with a powerful video showcasing the 92 recognised sports grouped together under the GAISF umbrella. Khunying Patama Leeswadtrakul opened the press conference showing her pride as a Thai and IOC member that the SportAccord convention has been awarded to Thailand and the unique opportunity for Thailand to present itself to the world. It furthermore outlines Thailand as a sporting hub in the South East Asian region. As an IOC member Khunying also showed her pride that the IOC has granted patronage to the festival and she congratulated all organisations and individuals who have joined hands in the United Through Sport Campaign. Khunying thanked especially Stephan Fox the Vice President of GAISF and AIMS President for his vision in the unique power of sport. Colonel Ruj Sangudom Deputy Governor of the Sport Authority of Thailand stated that Thailand looks forward to welcoming the leading personalities to Bangkok includingg the IOC President and preparations are well on the way both at the convention to be held at the Centara Centre and the festival which will be held outside of the […]
Fistball the First to Arrive
Over 100 recognised international sports organisations and federations will make their way to Bangkok to participate in the 2018 SportAccord convention. One of the activities running simultaneously is the Sports Festival, which will be patronised by the IOC where over 50 sports will participate. AIMS President and GAISF Vice President Stephan Fox stated that one of the most important objectives is to establish new National Federations and sports in Thailand. The International Fistball Association(IFA) under the presidency of Karl Weiß is the first sport which took this opportunity, sending a female coach, Ines Mayer, to coach 2 university teams, Rangsit University and Thamassat Univerity for the next four weeks. Every day the university students have the chance to practice and play at the festival. This has been done in conjunction with the Thai University Sports Board. The president of fistball stated that this is an amazing opportunity for fistball to grow in Southeast Asia and fistball being part of the World Games is one of the most popular sports in the games. The Thai university sports board must be also applauded for the initiative. Fistball coach, Ines Mayer said that this is also an honour for her and building two […]
Minigolf World Championships 2019 in Zhouzhuang, China
WMF is now delighted and excited to be able to inform that we have signed the contract for WC 2019 with the local organizer and China Minigolf Sport Federation (CMF). This means that the Minigolf World Championships will take place for the first time ever outside Europe in 2019. This is a consequent step in the development of WMF to make the game more global. The negotiation process lasted about six months from the day when CMF President Xiaolong He announced that they have found an investor/organizer, who wants to bring the championships to China. The investor / organizer is a real estate company who is building a new hotel and recreational area in Zhouzhuang, the ancient water town of China. This real estate company is a subsidiary of high tech public company Invengo Information Technology Co. Ltd. who plans to bring more intelligent technologies to the minigolf course. They are also the Intelligent Campus Solution provider of Shanghai Disney Park. The negotiations were very smooth and we could reach a result with which all sides are satisfied. Also the regional government is supporting the championships, which is essential in China for the success of such an event. This contract […]
AIMS President at the AMG Charity Ball
Alan Govinden – Needs no introduction into the world of film and entertainment. More importantly he also works tirelessly to give his support to The National Autistic Society as well as prestigious UK charities including the NSPCC and the Duke of York Community Initiative. Among the 300 guests at the AMG Charity ball was Her Royal Highness the Countess of Wessex GCVO who herself is a patron of the National Autistic Society and NSPCC. Also in attendance was GAISF (SportAccord) Vice President, Stephan Fox who is worldly renowned for using the power of sport to create a positive change, with his focus towards those most vulnerable, our youth. One of the many charities where Mr Fox gives active support towards children with autism is The Samui Special Needs Foundation in Thailand. The foundation recently received a minibus following a charity run by some Muaythai athletes who wished to give to those less fortunate than themselves. For Mr Fox, supporting this notable cause is a must. An outstanding Film producer and Philanthropist, Alan and his wife Maria have five children, their youngest Jonathan has Autism. Alan’s daughter Julia has recently joined forces with SportAbility and the Festival United Through Sport campaign […]
UNESCO AND UCI REVEAL HOW INTERNATIONAL FEDERATIONS CAN PRIORITISE RELATIONSHIPS ‘BETWEEN EVENTS’ AT CITYACCORD
LAUSANNE, Switzerland – This year’s CityAccord conference taking place on Tuesday 17 April 2018 at SportAccord in Bangkok will focus on ‘Making Relationships a Priority’. During the session ‘Between Events’, delegates who register for SportAccord will hear about ground-breaking initiatives from UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) and UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), and the tremendous impact these initiatives are having at both governmental and grassroots levels. With non-communicable diseases (NCDs) now accounting for the majority of health-related deaths in Asia and the Pacific, especially among youth, interventions to increase or improve the quality of spaces in urban planning, can have a transformative effect on the lives of individuals and the community. Caroline Baxter Tresise, International Consultant for Sport, Social and Human Sciences Sector, UNESCO Paris, will reveal how they are working with IFMA (International Federation of Muaythai Amateur) in Thailand as part of the initiatives, Sport is Your Gang and The New Urban Agenda. Together, these programmes are helping to combat the rise of NCDs as a result of the increase in dedicated urban green public spaces for sport and physical activity such as Muaythai. “Parks and celebrated public spaces for sport are rapidly disappearing across the world in favour of shopping malls and […]
Opening of 2018 Winter Olympic Games – A True Testament to the Power of Sport to Unite
On the 9th February opening of the Winter Olympics 2018 the eyes of the world turned to Pyeongchang when the President of the Republic of Korea and President of IOC officially opened the events. It was an opening full of excitement and significant emotions. We witnessed the first Olympic victory made before amazing athletes from all around the world, as they entered the world of ice and snow competing for glory and pride not only for their countries, but most importantly for themselves. Victory of Olympic humanity towards peace and hope was given to the world when we saw 166 Korean athletes walking united behind the blue and white flag. This unifying flag bares more than a symbol of two countries that have been in conflict for several decades and has posed a threat for world peace. It was indeed a historical moment for so many reasons. North and South Korea together as one, athletes from two separate conflicting countries walking in side by side infact, hand in hand.We remember over the last months the escalation of words and threat such that a moment like this seemed to be impossible. But through the power of sport and the unifying five […]
Bangkok is getting ready for SportAccord Convention 2018
The 3rd site visit took place between the LOC of the Royal Thai Government and lead by Lt. Co. Ruj Saeng-Udom, Deputy Governor of SAT and Nis Hatt, CEO of SportAccord Convention. Over 70 people from various departments participated in this important meeting in which all departments put their progress reports forward. GAISF Vice President, Stephan Fox, also made a welcome speech, again thanking the Royal Thai Government for bringing the convention to Bangkok and that the over 100 recognised sports and organisations are looking forward to the convention from 15 – 10 April 2018. There is a great progress on all aspects of the convention including the Sport Festival which is coming together very nicely and is drawing much interests across all sports. The Festival will be a great message to show the power of youth and sport for a brighter future for all.
AIMS President Meets Thailand’s new Minister of Tourism & Sports
GAISF Vice President and AIMS President was invited for a meeting with Thailand’s new Minister of Tourism and Sports, H.E. Mr. Weerasak Kowsurat. Thailand has been awarded the bid to host the 2018 SportAccord Convention, the world’s premier and most exclusive annual event at the service of sport where over 2000 leaders and important personnel in the world of sport come to meet. The AIMS President briefed the Minister on all the developments and that the world of sport is looking forward to visiting the Kingdom and experience the uniqueness of Thai hospitality. The AIMS President also discussed the Sport Festival and other activities and the Minister reiterated that Thailand will go above and beyond to ensure an unforgettable convention and memorable sport festival; and that the local organising committee is looking forward to welcoming the SportAccord Convention team for their upcoming 3rd site visit in Bangkok.
Vice President and Secretary General of Thailand National Olympic Committee Once Again Elected as ISTAF President
PRESS RELEASE 22 December 2017 ISTAF CONGRESS 2017 General Charouck Arirachakaran, President of Takraw Association of Thailand (TAT) was re-elected unopposed as President, International Sepaktakraw Federation (ISTAF) for a 4 years term during the International Sepaktakraw Federation’s Congress. A total of 50 delegates from 17 countries attended the Congress held at Alexander Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand. Details of the council members who were elected and appointed willserve the next term from 2018-2021 (4 years term) are as follows: President 1 Gen. Charouck Arirachakaran – Thailand Deputy President 1 Boonchai Lorhpipat – Thailand Deputy President 2 Sohrab Azad Khan Kandi – Iran Vice President 1 S.R. Premraj – India, 2 Lee Qoea Gyu – Korea, 3 Muhammad Fariq Abdul Halim – Singapore, 4 Meas Sarin – Cambodia, 5 Karen Tanchanco-Caballero – Philippines, 6 Shunichi Takeshita – Japan, 7 Yeh Chen Yen – Chinese Taipei, 8 Dhurba Bahadur Gurung – Nepal Secretary General Abdul Halim Bin Kader, BBM – Singapore Deputy Secretary General Muhammad Taufiq – Singapore Asst. Secretary General Yogender Singh Dahiya – India Treasurer Prof. Chalerm Chaiwatcharaporn – Thailand Council Members 1 Abdul Sarip Naharawi – Singapore, 2 Ali Fouladi Rad – Iran, 3 Kazi Rajib Ahmed Chapol – Bangladesh, 4 […]
GAISF/SportAccord Thailand Sport Festival 2018
The world of sport is looking forward to the 2018 SportAccord Convention held at the Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention in Bangkok the capitol of the Kingdom of Thailand. Bangkok is always among the world’s top tourist destinations. The city is a true tourist paradise, proved by the growing number of travelers coming each year. Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre at Central World is in the very heart of Bangkok’s shopping and business district, with easy access by road and via the BTS Skytrain. This five-star hotel, the flagship of Centara Hotels & Resorts, is therefore ideal for those shopping, sightseeing, or on business. With another 3 5-star hotels within five minutes walking distance, it is the perfect location for the next edition of the convention. There was buzz of excitement when Bangkok was announced as the next host in Aarhus and since then, 2 site visits have taken place, led by SportAccord Convention CEO Nis Hatt and the LOC led by the deputy governor of the Sport Authority of Thailand Col. Ruj. The former Sport Minister of Thailand made an emotional presentation in Lausanne during the recent IF Forum detailing the plans made for the Sport Festival as […]
AIMS Welcomes Partnership With Olympic Channel
MADRID – 14 December 2017 – Following the recent celebration of its one-year anniversary, the Olympic Channel today announced that it has reached cooperation agreements with the Alliance of Independent Recognised Members of Sport (AIMS), and the international governing bodies for fistball, muaythai, polo, powerlifting and tug of war to collaborate on content for the multi-platform global media destination. The agreements with AIMS, International Fistball Association (IFA), International Federation of Muaythai Amateur (IFMA), Federation of International Polo (FIP), International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) and Tug of War International Federation (TWIF) bring the number of partners who have announced similar agreements with the Olympic Channel to 63. Federation partners include international sports federations (IFs), recognised federations and organisations, multi-sport organisers and non-recognised federations. “We are excited to welcome these organisations to the Olympic Channel’s robust family of federation partners,” said Mark Parkman, general manager of the IOC’s global Olympic Channel. “As we look ahead to 2018, we are in a great position to promote all sports and athletes within the Olympic Movement, and help to distribute their content and grow their audiences worldwide.” AIMS President Stephan Fox expressed his joy and said, “this is an important step for AIMS and the 21 […]
Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS) and Olympic Channel Services (OCS) Achieve Two Environmental ISO Certificates For Their Contributions to a More Sustainable Workplace
MADRID – Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS) and Olympic Channel Services (OCS) were recently presented with two ISO certificates at their Madrid, Spain headquarters. The certificates recognise the company’s commitment to the environment, and dedication to promoting the best management of resources. Manuel Romero, Director of Development and Business at AENOR (Spanish Association for Standardisation and Certification) presented the certificates to Yiannis Exarchos, CEO of OBS and Executive Director of the Olympic Channel, at a ceremony attended by staff representing both organisations. The strategic and systematic approach to energy efficiency within the organisations resulted in obtaining the ISO 50001 certification for Energy Management Systems. OBS and OCS are dedicated to developing and implementing its energy policy as well as managing those aspects of its activities and services that involve energy use. Additionally, by achieving the ISO 14001 for Environmental Management, OBS and OCS showcase its compliance with most environmental requirements and integration of environmental management practices into its operations. Exarchos said: “Our efforts have been recognised, which represents a milestone for OBS and OCS. Our aim is not only to be leaders, but also to make less of a negative impact on the environment.” Juan Canadell, Head of Human Resources and Crewing added: “These […]
Chinese Taipei to Host the World Combat Games 2019.
An official signing took place with representatives of the Chinese Taipei government and National Olympic Committee to host the 2019 World Combat Games. The contract was signed by representatives of the Chinese Taipei government, Director General of Sports Administration, Ministry of Education Lin Te-Fu and Director of International and Cross-Strait Sports Division Maggie Hsu. The GAISF Council approved the MOU which was then followed by the signing. GAISF President, Mr. Patrick Baumann counter signed together with GAISF Vice President and Chairman of the GAISF Combat Commission, Mr. Stephan Fox. The announcement was made at the GAISF briefing in front of the 92 GAISF member federations. The combat meeting has already been scheduled.
GAISF and SportAccord visit Chinese Taipei
GAISF Vice President, Mr. Stephan Fox, who is also the Chairman of the GAISF Combat Commission, together with the SportAccord Convection CEO, Mr. Nis Hatt and GAISF Head of Administration, Mr. Philippe Gueisbuhler, made a visit to beautiful Chinese Taipei to discuss the World Combat Games 2019. The visit started in Taipei, where the team was greeted by representative of the government, Mr. Lin Te-Fu Director General sports administration, and representative of National Olympic Committee. Basic discussion took place about terms and conditions before the trip continued to Kaohsiung, where they were greeted by the Deputy Mayor, Ms. Hsu Ming-Chun and Deputy Secretary General Mr. Lin Ying-Pin. Other meetings took place around the city.
IOC AND GAISF SIGNAL NEW ERA OF CO-OPERATION AND ALIGNMENT WITH THE MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING
LAUSANNE, 8 November 2017- GAISF and International Olympic Committee (IOC) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), underscoring the unity of vision and purpose between the two organisations and paving the way to a continuing close and fruitful relationship, which will benefit all of sport’s stakeholders. The MoU was signed by IOC President Thomas Bach and GAISF President Patrick Baumann, ahead of the official opening of the International Federations Forum in the Olympic Capital Lausanne. The signing marks a new era in the ever-closer relationship between GAISF and the IOC, and the closure of a transition period which has seen Sportaccord re-name as GAISF, as well as the re-evaluation and redefinition of its role, aims and objectives. The relationship between GAISF and the IOC is increasingly important in a changing international sports landscape and emphasises the IOC’s continued commitment to the International Federation (IF) Family, which was highlighted in Olympic Agenda 2020. This gave IFs a greater responsibility in key areas including nomination of new sports, the Olympic Games bidding process and ensured a voice at the top table across the Olympic Movement. The MoU covers membership criteria, services to members and multi-sport games, and is designed to serve as […]
THE VIII INTERNATIONAL SCIENTIFIC CONGRESS “SPORT, PEOPLE & HEALTH” 2017
The importance of preserving the integrity of the Olympic Movement and promoting Olympic ideals, moral and human values through co-operation and communication between the IOC, governments and the scientific community was a key topic at the VIII International Scientific Congress in St Petersburg from October 12-14. The Congress, ‘Sport, People & Health’, brought together more than 600 representatives of academia, non-governmental organisations and international sports to discuss a range of vital issues including ethical values in world sports today. Over three days experts shared their experience, knowledge and achievements in sport and health. Participants included scientists, presidents of international sports federations, representatives of international sports organisations, outstanding athletes, veterans of sports, and public figures from more than 40 countries. In his welcome address Vasily Shestakov, Chairman of the International Organisation for the Promotion of Science and Sport and President of the International SAMBO Federation (FIAS) stressed that the congress would act as a platform to find a resolution to issues facing the Olympic Movement, which would determine the direction of the work of the congress for the next two years. Special guest Stephan Fox, President of AIMS (Alliance of Independent Recognised Members of Sport) and Vice-President of GAISF, delivered a […]
Seven International Federations Awarded GAISF Observer Status
LAUSANNE. 2nd October 2017 – The Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) today announced the first International Federations to achieve Observer Status. They are: World Armwrestling Federation (WAF) World Dodgeball Association (WDA) Federation for International FootGolf (FIFG) International Union of Kettlebell Lifting (IUKL) International Federation of (Match)Poker (IFP) International Pole Sports Federation (IPSF) International Table Soccer Federation (ITSF) Details on these Federations can be found here. The decision to introduce Observer Status for aspirant members was unanimously agreed by delegates at the GAISF General Assembly in Aarhus, Denmark, earlier this year. Since then the GAISF Membership Commission Chaired by Antonio Espinos along with Vice Presidents Dr Raffaele Chiulli (President of ARISF) and Stephan Fox (President of AIMS) have worked to define eligibility criteria and application procedures which were shared with aspirant Federations in Lausanne in May. Observer Status allows new, young International Federations to take advantage of the GAISF network to grow and develop. They can take part in the annual IF Forum and attend the General Assembly, but have no right to vote. The Observer status has been designed as a first step in a clear pathway towards full GAISF membership. Observers will be accompanied by GAISF in their development […]
AIMS honours the contributors to the success of AIMAG 2017
AIMS President, Stephan Fox, Addressed the higher ranked officials who have contributed to the success of the AIMAG 2017 in Ashgabat. In a special ceremony, the AIMS president thanked the government of Turkmenistan represented by Mr. Komekov Toyly – Chairman of the State Committee for Sports, for staging this amazing event and giving all the athletes from Asia and Oceania the chance to be part of this event. Mr. Fox also thanked the management of the games, led by Matthew Kidson, Director of Sport AIMAG 2017, Mark Mateer, Head of Sport AIMAG 2017 and Competition Manager AIMAG 2017, Scott Novack, for their great contribution for the success of the games.
AIMS Breakfast Meeting in Ashgabat during AIMAG 2017
After the successful AIMS breakfast get together in Wroclaw, Poland. AIMS President, Stephan Fox, invited the world of sport to a gathering during the Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games 2017 in Ashgabat. AIMS President welcomed everyone on behalf of AIMS and the 21 sports but also in his capacity as the General Secretary of IFMA (Muaythai). President Fox made a heartfelt speech on using the unique power of sports to contribute to the society in many positive ways and he thanked some of the guests who have been a great contributor to sports over the years. The first appreciation was given to Mr. Wei Jizhong, the life-time honorary president of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) who have contributed his life to sports, including as a former president of International Volleyball federation. The second presentation as made to Mr. Pere Miro, IOC Deputy General Director also heading the IOC Director for NOC Relations and Olympic Solidarity, which continues to make such a positive impact in the Olympic movement. The 3rd presentation was made to the President of the International Weightlifting Federation and a member of the International Olympic Committee, who has supported sports for so many years and is […]
Minigolf World Championships to be Held September 20 to 23
Nin, Croatia – From September 20 to 23, 2017, the 2017 edition of the World Championships will be held at Zaton Holiday Resort. The World Championships is the most prestigious event on the World Minigolf Sport Federation (WMF) calendar and will crown the top players and teams in the world. It’s being held at the end of a packed month of competition at Zaton as the World Adventure Golf Masters and World Deaf Champions were held there last week. There are 23 countries represented in this year’s World Championships, with 166 total participants (53 women and 113 men). This year sees three new countries joining the entry list as Brazil, Australia and Canada have sent participants to this major event. An official list of the countries participating can be found below. Participants had official practice days from September 15 up through today to hone their skills on the two courses that will be played during the championships. They will play rounds on both the felt golf and miniaturegolf style courses during the four days of competition. The first three days will feature stroke-play competition as players fight for individual stroke-play glory and the glory of their country and the awarding […]
AIMS members at Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games 2017
AIMAG 2017 started with a spectacular opening and now it is time for the athletes to shine. 3 AIMS members are part of the game, Ju-Jitsu, Kickboxing and Sambo. Ju-Jitsu was the first to start with the stadium packed to the last seats and outstanding performances by the athletes. Ju-Jitsu President, Pannagiotis Theodoropoulus, who is also AIMS Vice President, congratulated Turkmenistan and the OCA on this outstanding event and also welcomed the AIMS President, Stephan Fox, at the finals.
Opening Ceremony Asian Indoor Martial Arts Games
Over two hours of spectacular dance, music and sporting action athletes from around Asia and Oceania were welcomed to Ashgabat for the Asian Indoor Martial Arts Games. A reception took place beforehand in the Olympique Hotel where excellent food and drinks were served to the delegates and guests of Ashgabat 2017. In the stadium everyone in the audience had a LED device which lit up at certain key points including the Athletes’ Parade – a fantastic sight for all and great excitement for all from all participating sports to experience. Among the highlights acts were the traditional equestrian show, showcasing a central part of Turkmen culture. The cauldron is now lit for the duration of the Games! AIMS President, Stephan Fox said the event was a great tribute to the hard work of the Ashgabat Committee, and he was proud that there are 3 sports from AIMS have the opportunity to be a part of such great event. The Chairman of the 5th AIMAG Executive Committee, Mr Dayanch Gulgeldiyev, called the Opening Ceremony an important event in country’s history. “As well as bring the Opening Ceremony for the biggest edition of the Games to date, it is a proud moment for […]
Minigolfers Storm To Victory in Croatia
Nin, Croatia – The World Adventure Golf Masters (WAGM) and World Deaf Minigolf Championship (WDMC) were held on September 11 and 12, 2017 at Zaton Holiday Resort. Both of these events are sponsored by the World Minigolf Sport Federation (WMF) and feature some of the best international competitors in their respective divisions on both the minigolf open standard (MOS) and miniaturegolf style courses. There was a total of 104 participants from 18 countries in the WAGM and 32 players from 5 countries in the WDC. The first day of the events was delayed by heavy rains and did not start until 18:30 local time, more than 10 hours after the scheduled starting time. As a result, both tournaments were cut short to fit in the allotted time but that made for an even more exciting finish as the scores were very close across many of the divisions. The rain also made for some interesting course conditions with damp turf, which was a marked contrast to the practice conditions the teams saw earlier in the week. Tournament Director Pasi Aho had this to say about the competitions, “We have seen two days of fantastic minigolf in partly extreme conditions. The players […]
GAISF turns a page with the launch of New Logo
Signifying a “new chapter in its history”, the cheerful and energetic new logo has been launched by the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) previously known as SportAccord. The logo, compiled by Barcelona-based designer José Miguel Tortajada Aguilar, is seeking to have a “powerful impact” and to “instantly identify the organisation”. Its most distinguishing feature is a slanted letter “G” to represent a “global” nature. “In a world of instant communication there’s more truth than ever in the saying that ‘you never get a second chance to make a first impression’ and I think this really hits the mark,” said GAISF President Patrick Baumann. “The new brand identity represents the beginning of a new era for GAISF but it is important to remember that the changes in our organisation go beyond the visual to the very heart of our mission. “I believe GAISF today has a clear sense of purpose and is structured, organised and resourced in a way that makes it even more effective as a service provider to members at a time of great change in the world of sport and beyond.” The new logo was commissioned following the decision of members at the General Assembly in […]
The 2017 Summer Universiade in Chinese Taipei Opens
The 2017 Universiade was officially declared open by Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing welcoming athletes from around the world. The spectacular ceremony featured 3 different cultural performances presenting the story of Chinese Taipei to the world. Stunning digital and human performances received standing ovations and then when over 4,000 athletes marched into the arena with the final team Chinese Taipei, the stadium erupted. Chinese Taipei baseball hero Chin Feng Chen hit the fireball from around 50 metres lighting up the cauldron and sending a firework into the stadium and around Taipei. FISU president Oleg Matytsin delivered a heartfelt speech addressing the youth as tomorrow’s leaders and our future. IOC president Dr. Thomas Bach made a video address to all the athletes sharing his pride back in the days when he was a proud participant in the Universiade. AIMS congratulates FISU on an outstanding opening and wishes all the participants lifelong memories at the 29th Summer Universiade !
ARISF and AIMS President meet in Bangkok
A special meeting took place in Bangkok between ARISF President Raffaele Chiulli and AIMS President Stephan Fox. The meeting was important to discuss cooperation in many ways, and also to discuss activities and ideas for the upcoming SportAccord Convention 2018 in Bangkok. A meeting was also arrangement between the ARISF president and the minister of Tourism and Sports, HE Mrs. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul.
Minigolf Open Youth European Championships Held August 2 – 5
Askim, Sweden – The Minigolf Open Youth European Championships were held from August 2 -5, 2017 on the concrete and miniaturegolf courses in Askimsbadet, Askim. In total, 66 players (48 male and 18 female) represented 12 different countries in the individual play. There were 5 full country teams in the male division and 4 teams in the female division that competed for the team title. The schedule was packed for the tournament as 8 rounds over the first two days comprised the team competition while and additional 4 rounds were played to round out the individual stroke-play competition at 12 rounds. The last day of play was for the match-play competition, which is played by the top tier players from the stroke play. The story of the tournament was the weather, as rains and bad weather interrupted play and caused from some adjustment of the round schedule. However, that didn’t seem to phase the home team during the team competition as the Swedish male and female teams struck gold and swept first place in both divisions, and followed it up with some success in the individual competitions. It was the first time in 11 years that Sweden swept in the […]
AIMS President speaks on the GAISF Member Commission
AIMS President Stephan Fox speaks to InsideTheGames on the importance of the GAISF Member Commission. President Fox spoke on current members drawing experience from International Federations IFs) which have been recognised by the IOC in the last five years. The Commission’s first meeting was attended by 73 delegates from 48 different IFs in Lausanne last month. Mr. Fox hailed the support given by GAISF President Patrick Baumann before stressing what needs to be done to aid its members. Mr. Fox stated, “Patrick is very much behind this and he is doing an amazing job,” The Commission has been established and the first meeting was help in June, where clear missions and decisions were made, currently work is going into finalizing the criteria to see how they can help IFs reach Observer Status. The Member Commission will support IFs in confronting where the sports themselves stand in terms of development and on what else needs to be improved. Mr. Fox stated, Everyone here has the Olympic dream. But, in my opinion, it is not the destination but the journey which is important. It is about the things you improve in your sport like your ethics and anti-doping policies and so on. For the full article click here.
AIMS thanks the Mayor of Wroclaw
AIMS visited the city hall on invitation of the Mayor of Wroclaw, Mr. Rafał Dutkiewicz. The Mayor was presented with a special token by President Stephan Fox and Vice President Panagiotis Theodoropoulos, thanking him on behalf of all AIMS members, for the people of Wroclaw in opening their homes and hearts to the youth of the world. Mr. Fox especially thanked the Mayor for the amazing championships, assured and that everyone will leave Wroclaw at the end of the games with unforgettable memories of true Polish hospitality.
Full house at the AIMS Welcome Breakfast
AIMS invited special guests for a Welcome Breakfast meeting to honour the 2017 World Games and all partner organisations within the Olympic Movement. AIMS President Stephan Fox welcomed all the guests in the relaxed atmosphere, congratulating IWGA President and IOC Member José Perurena for the success of the 2017 World Games, which has truly put the atheltes at the heart. President Fox stressed on the unique power of sport has to make a positive contribution in society and he welcomed the representatives of the atheltes there, thanking them and also showcasing the importance of respect for one another. Mr. Fox and the AIMS Council members present, handed special plaques of appreciation, starting with the former IWGA president, Ron Froelich, who has set the foundation for these games and to the current IWGA president, Mr. Perurena for his leadership. Mr. Fox thanked the IWGA team led by the CEO Joachim Gossow and General Manager, Chantal Boehi for their hard work behind the scenes, especially in the name of all the participating atheltes. Mr. Fox also presented a plaque to the IOC representative Jenny Mann, thanking Ms. Mann and the IOC for all their support and guidance and outlined again, the important cooperation between […]
AIMS Sports in World Games Fever
Fistball, Ju-jistu, Lacrosse, Kickboxing and Powerlifting will be taking part in the 2017 World Games, along with former AIMS members that have made their way into the ARISF family – American Football, Flying Disk and Muaythai. AIMS General Secretary Gerhard Zimmermann stated, “The atmosphere across the venues was electrifying! AIMS is proud to have such a strong presence at the World Games. The attendance in the venues shows the true popularity of the AIMS Sports.”
AIMS at the World Games Opening
The World Games 2017 opened with a spectacular star-studded Opening Ceremony. IOC President Dr. Thomas Bach was present as the 10th edition of the Games got underway and was joined on stage by International World Games Association President José Perurena and the Mayor of Wrocław, Rafał Dutkiewicz, with AIMS President, Stephan Fox, Vice President Panagiotis Theodoropoulos, General Secretary Gerhard Zimmermann and Council Member Karl Weiss and Robert Keller also in attendance. Artists performing at the Ceremony, attended by around 40000 people organisers claimed, included Dawid Kwiatkowski, dubbed the “Polish Justin Bieber”, Radzimir Dębski, Kamil Bednarek and Steve Nash alongside the Turntable Orchestra. IOC President Dr. Bach addressed over 3,000 athletes from over 100 countries, encouraging them to “give it your best and always remember to compete in the spirit of Excellence, Respect and Fair Play”. The stadium and especially the athletes gave this a standing ovation. IWGA President Jose Perurena stated “Even if you don’t win a medal, you will have memorable experiences to look back on,” the Spaniard told them. The World Games features 3250 athletes from 111 nations across the world, who will over the next ten days compete in 31 different sports (27 official sports and four […]
AIMS at MINEPS 2017
AIMS President Stephan Fox and Council Member Michal Buchel were invited to the VI MINEPS international conference for ministers and senior officials responsible for physical education and sport. The conference was held from the 13th – 15th July in Kazan, Russia and was attended by representatives from over 120 countries. Both AIMS representatives had the chance to address the audience, the AIMS President, Mr Fox as one of the experts in the panel and Council Member and FIAS CEO, Mr. Buchel as rapporteur on behalf of the working group. AIMS will continue to promote and foster integrity in sport as an IOC recognized umbrella group and as one of the five umbrella groups in GAISF. Mr. Fox, stated, ” it is important that the governments understand the good governance work of AIMS members, especially as non-IOC recognised individual federations.”
AIMS President and Vice President Joint Meeting
A meeting took place in Bangkok between the President Stephan Fox and Vice President Panagiotis Theodoropoulos to discuss current AIMS activities and discussions on the upcoming SportAccord Convention in Bangkok and also involvement in social responsibility projects. The meeting was also attended by JJIF Sport Director Joachim Thumfart and Maïa Amro, from the UNESCO Asia Pacific task force.
GAISF Open Day
A meeting took place for sport federations that have enquired for membership into GAISF (SportAccord) and potential applicants. 48 international sport federations were invited and it was held to provide introduction and practice guidance for international federations and other sport organisations considering applying for membership or associate membership. The day was developed in cooperation with the International Olympic Committee and the GAISF Membership Commission, chaired by Antonio Espinos, President of the World Karate Federation and co-chaired by the two SportAccord Vice Presidents, Raffaele Chiulli, President of ARISF and Stephan Fox, President of AIMS. GAISF President, Patrick Baumann opened the day stating that “sport never stands still”, and that “sport continues to evolve to reflect our changing world”. GAISF currently represents 109 ISFs and other sporting bodies, of which 21 are members of AIMS. The IOC Sports Dept. was represented by Jenny Mann, who praised the cooperation between GAISF and the IOC on the entry level towards further recognition towards AIMS, and then IOC recognised ARISF and the Olympic Programme in ASOIF and AIOWF. Antonio Espinos made it clear that applicants will go through a strict process with rivalry to any existing member as the starting point. The second day featured […]
AIMS takes part in Olympic day
Olympic Day is more than just a sports event, it is about participating in sport as a way of life, learning and understanding the Olympic values and enjoying the many sports there are. Many events take place around the world and AIMS member federations participate in various forms. The AIMS leadership came together in Lausanne, President Stephan Fox, General Secretary Gerhard Zimmermann and Council Member Michal Buchel, all enjoyed the Olympic Day at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne organized by the IOC and opened by the IOC president, Dr. Thomas Bach. The AIMS President Mr. Fox also took time out to visit the many fun activities, including the volleyball games in which IOC and GAISF/SportAccord teams participated. AIMS General Secretary Mr. Zimmermann summed it up – “a truly memorable day and a great atmosphere which motivates us to continue in the Olympic Values” Cover photo: KEYSTONE/ VALENTIN FLAURAUD
Baumann to take over as SportAccord Convention President
Francesco Ricci Bitti has stepped down as President of SportAccord Convention, handing over the reins to GAISF President Patrick Baumann. Ricci Bitt’s decision to step aside has now combined both jobs again, however, Mr Ricci Bitti will remain on the Executive Board of the SportAccord Convention to represent the Summer Olympic IFs (ASOIF), which he heads as President. Mr Ricci Bitti thanked the board for accepting his proposal, assuring them the support if ASOIF. Mr. Ricci Bitti continued by stating that the announcement of the convention hosted by Bangkok in 2018 and the interest of so many other potential candidates gives us great confidence for future events. Patrick Baumann is not only President of GAISF at the convention, but also the head of the coordination commission for the 2024 Summer Olympics and Paralympics. Mr Baumann stated that he would like to thank Francesco Ricci Bitti for his confidence, his great commitment and that he looked forward to the continued success of GAISF and the SportAccord Convention for the benefit of all member associations. AIMS would like to congratulate Mr Baumann and the twenty one international federations grouped together under AIMS are looking forward to a continued cooperation with ASOIF, AIOWF, […]
AIMS honours Hein Verbruggen
On behalf of the AIMS family, I would like to convey our deepest condolences on the passing of Hein Verbruggen. The world of sport shares in the loss of a true visionary. Hein’s work and commitment for international sport and its development will remain a lasting legacy. We, the AIMS family will continue in the path he has laid and build upon the foundations of a great man. On behalf of AIMS, I extend my heartfelt sympathies to his family and friends during this time of deep sadness. Stephan Fox President, AIMS Special Message from the International Olympic Committee Special Message from GAISF President, Mr. Patrick Baumann
Official signing ceremony for SportAccord Convention 2018 takes place with host city Bangkok
BANGKOK, Thailand, May 31, 2017 – SportAccord Convention is delighted to confirm the official signing ceremony took place today with Host City ‘Bangkok’ for the sixteenth edition of the Convention to be held from 15 – 20 April 2018. The signing event was carried out at the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT) building with Nis Hatt, Managing Director of SportAccord Convention, H.E. General Tanasak Patimapragorn, Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand, H.E. Mrs. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, the Minister of Tourism and Sports of Thailand and witnessed by AIMS President and GAISF Vice President, Mr. Stephan Fox. “Hosting the SportAccord Convention in Bangkok enables us to reach out to all the International Sport Federations and those organisations involved in the business of sport to share our sports tourism vision as well as enabling delegates to experience all that Thailand has to offer. The Tourism and Sports Ministry is a key driver in helping to promote Bangkok and Thailand as a sports dream destination and sports hub in Asean, and these are some of the reasons why the SportAccord Convention is an important event for us as the Host City.” said Mrs Kobkarn. With state-of-the-art venues and a city brimming with opportunities and cultural gems, Bangkok […]