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 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 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.
IOC Athlete Career Programme (ACP) in WAKO
With the support from the IOC, WAKO has conducted its first Train the Trainer session within the IOC ACP, in order for WAKO staff to deliver parts of the ACP outreach program for athletes or coaching them in a right direction. A mix of delegates from WAKO Athlete Committee, Coach Committee, and Women Committee participated in this pilot and it was conducted as a workshop. The delegates were introduced to the ACP program and tested various tasks and tools as a part of the ACP program. The objective is to give WAKO staff the possibility during the coming championships to organize small workshops and seminars for our athletes. ACP as a service should become important in the WAKO, and our objective is to develop a mechanism that can educate athletes in career planning, raising awareness of the importance of combining an athletic career with preparation/transition for life after sport. The IOC ACP is based on three pillars; education, employment, and life skills. The session was organized in Oslo 25 June by invitation from WAKO Norway and WAKO Vice-President Espen Lund. Mrs. Tonje Hinze who is the ACP manager within the Norway NOC and a part of the IOC […]
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, […]
2nd BOLIVARIAN KICKBOXING CHAMPIONSHIP
Kickboxing in Santo Domingo de los Colorados in the Republic of Ecuador Organizer: WAKO Equador with the support of WAKO PANAM 200 athletes from 4 countries gathered in the city of Santo Domingo de los Colorados in the Republic of Ecuador, for the 2nd Bolivian Kickboxing Championship. The event was part of the agenda for the 50 Years of Cantonizing the city of Santo Domingo. The competition was held in the synthetic arena of the Arena Sport Sport Complex, on June 16, 17 and 18, 2017. Friday 16th was reserved for the weighing of the fighters. On Saturday 17th, 82 fights were on the tatami, in the disciplines: Point Fight, Light Contact, Kick Light and on Sunday there were 28 matches in the Ring Full Contact, Low Kick, K1 – Rules, as well as competition in Musical Forms with Weapons and without Weapons. The participating countries were Peru, Colombia, Venezuela and the host Ecuador and competitors were in the divisions: Children, Youth and Senior. Once the event has ended, there was a positive balance of 0 injuries and the official results of the competition are: 1. Peru (Gold 43, Silver 08, Bronze […]
World Cup “The Best Fighter” Rimini, Italy 15th June-18th June 2017
Who is The Best Fighter? Fourth WAKO World Cup in the World Cups series this year has gathered the best fighters all around the world. Remembering the fantastic organization of the editions before, this year The Best Fighter was one of the best ever! Among 1816 entries of the competitors from 29 countries, we saw on tatami and rings fantastic spirit of the kick boxers who competed in all seven WAKO disciplines. Italia was the most numerous team: 689 Italians in fantastic condition well prepared for the competition, and also there was 273 Russians and 107 Slovenians. This was the order of the best nations on the competition: 1. Italy, 2. Russia, 3. Slovenia. The concurrency was very tough, the toughest way to the gold medal was in Point fighting senior men -69 kg, where we had 21 competitors! The best and won a gold medal was White Jordan (Ireland), and silver was Veres Alex (Hungary) and bronze was Lo Prete Antonio (Switzerland). During the event, there was continued “WAKO women against cancer” campaign, held to promote PREVENTION against breast cancer and to support the clinical researches and projects of the Italian Foundation FONDAZIONE IEO – CCM. […]
Kickboxing in Cape Verde, Africa
Kickboxing in Cape Verde, Africa On July 5th, kickboxing will be one of the demonstration sports during the event “Fight for the values” ,as the part of the celebration of Cape Verde independence day. Cape Verde is beautiful but very poor country, with lot of criminal problems, so the event will be for about 1000 children, with the idea to motivate to practice combat sports. Such events are planned for teaching children that sport can be also the tool for social responsibility, for better environment, for helping children in growing up. Mr. Leonardo Cunha promoter and manager of the event, former WAKO Portugal official now living in Cape Verde and working in National Olympic Committee, was also one of the promoters of the Cape Verde Olympic committee project named M-Olympics, for gender equality in sports, mainly for encouraging young girls to join sports. Mr. Yassine Yousef with Mr. Leonardo Cunha, kickboxing enthusiast With cooperation with Mr. Yassine Yousef, responsible for the Olympic Solidarity programs of IOC in Africa, Mr. Leonardo Cunha is still working hard to popularize kickboxing in this part of the World!
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 […]
THREE DAYS OF EARTHQUAKE OF KICKBOXING- HUNGARIAN WORLD CUP
Hungarian Kickboxing World Cup 18th-21th May 2017 This year edition of Hungarian kickboxing World Cup was a total earthquake of kickboxing during three days of the competition. Fantastic venue reserved only for tatami and separate hotel hall with three rings gave a full joy for participants as well as the audience, offering them to choose which part of the competition will join in. The whole three days were fulfilled with the schedule knowing that there was a record of 2692 entries of 1447 participants of all ages from beginners, juniors to seniors, female and male, from 249 clubs from 38 nations from WAKO Africa, WAKO Asia, WAKO America and WAKO Europe. WAKO President opened the Competition Referees and judges seminar before the competition The most numerous team was Hungarian, with 719 participants from 49 kickboxing clubs. There we had Italy with 213 participants from 21 club, Ukraine with 155 participants, Bulgaria with 143 participants, Austria with 125, the United Kingdom with 117, Greece with 108, Poland with 103, and Czech Republic, Slovenia, Slovakia, and Russian Federation with almost a 100 participants per a team. WAKO can be proud with these great numbers. As always, the […]
“WAKO kickboxing Women against Cancer” Campaign
Exactly one year ago WAKO kickboxing has started the social campaign “WAKO WOMEN AGAINST CANCER” which has started in occasion of POINT FIGHTING CUP Tournament, in Castellanza (VA), Italy, on 1st and 2nd April 2017 and went on during Yokoso Duch Open in Amsterdam, to promote PREVENTION as the main method fighting breast cancer and to support the clinical researches and projects of the Italian Foundation FONDAZIONE IEO – CCM. During the events some merchandising like bracelets, t-shirts and foulard, were sold with the only purpose to donate the funds collected from the sale of the products to support the project WOMEN’S CANCER CENTER run by the Foundation IEO – CCM. A great special thanks to the Italian referee Giulio Zucchetti who created and gifted WAKO nice pins to our campaign! Two Doctors of IEO (European Oncological Institute) were present during the events, and explained the activities of Women’s Cancer Center. Gazzetta della Sport (the most important Italian sport newspapers) on 31. march 2017 had a very important text about the campaign, which WAKO is very proud of. […]
FIAS at the AIPS Congress 2017
The International SAMBO Federation (FIAS) participated at the 80th Congress of the International Sports Press Association (AIPS) from 10 to 12 of May 2017 in Seoul – PyeongChang, Republic of Korea.
BALKAN OPEN 2017
Balkan Open 2017 held in Tesanj 05-06.05.2017 / Bosnia and Herzegovina. Participation number of competitors – 354. Number of clubs 71, number of countries 10. WAKO supervisor was Mr.Srđan Bugarčić from Serbia. Delegate Kickboxing Federation Bosnia and Herzegovina Mr.Salko Zildžić. Chief judge Neđo Bratić,Bosnia and Herzegovina Competition held on 4 tatamis and 1 ring. At Balkan Open participated competitors from Slovenia, Hungary,Slovakia, Croatian, Serbia,Lithuania Bulgaria, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Best team in the ring disciplines team Flek Tom-Cat Tuzla/ Bosnia and Herzegovina and tatami discipline the Team Masaru/ Bulgaria The official results of the Balkan Open 2017 are at www.balkanopentesanj.com
Austrian Classics Kickboxing World Cup
Innsbruck, 21st-23rd April 2017 20th Anniversary for great kickboxing tournament this year was a celebration of sport and fair play. 32 WAKO nations represented with 2176 entries in the event from 242 clubs made this Austrian Classics special again. K1, Full contact, kick light, light contact and point fighting were disciplines on the schedule. Even the host had one of the numerous team-326 athletes, the most numerous was Italian team: record of 398 athletes confirmed Italy as one of the best kickboxing nations in WAKO. Even Iraq (2) and United States (7) had it’s representatives, what makes this tournament even more prestigious. Italy, Austria, Germany, Hungary and Czech Republic were five the best nations in the medals statistics. In the ranking order the best teams/clubs are: Czech full contact union (Cze), Kiralyteam Kickboxing Academy (Hun) and Kickboxing zveza Slovenie (Slo). Grand Champion in Junior male division was Everill Eliah, Team Top Ten UK and Grand Champion open weight senior male again this year was Roman Brundl. Grand Champion junior female trophy went to Angelino Domenica, Team Barrus Italy and […]
Turkish Open International Kickboxing Tournament
The 2nd International Open Kick Boxing Tournament was held between 06-09 April 2017 in Turkey-Antalya. 700 athletes from 14 countries participated in the event in 1200 categories. The tournament was held at the WOW Kremline Palace, one of the best hotels of the world famous tourism city of Antalya. Tournament was appreciated by participating local and foreign teams, they thanked the organizer for the hospitality and the quality of the organization. Competition was held on 6 Tatami 4 rings and lasted for 3 days. https://www.facebook.com/wakoweb/?ref=bookmarks
Hats off to ICU and IFMA
A special celebration took place celebrating the recognition of the International Cheer Union and the International Federation Muaythai Amateur. It was a truly memorable night with over 300 sport personalities there to congratulate both sporting federations. SportAccord/GAISF President Patrick Baumann, IWGA President Jose Perurena, FISU President Oleg Matytsin, ARISF President, Raffaele Chiulli, IOC Sport Director Kit McConnell, Head of IF Stakeholder Relations Jenny Mann and many others filled the room. AIMS President, Stephan Fox stated that “AIMS is proud that two of their members have achieved IOC recognition”. ARISF President Raffaele Chiulli welcomed the two federations into the family; and the President of ICU Mr. Webb and IFMA President Dr. Tapsuwan delivered emotional speeches. In addition to the festivities of the evening, another special moment took place, as it was the birthday of IWGA president, Mr. Perurena, FIAS President Mr. Shextakov and WKF General Secretary Toshihisa Nagura. who were celebrated with a special cake. Evenings like these showcase that though we may come from different federations, we are all united in the spirit of sport.
Combat Games Meeting a Big Success
The world recognized Combat Sports and Martial Arts IF leaders convened for the Combat Games meeting under the leadership of the Combat Games Commission. The meeting, held on the 6th of April during the SportAccord Convention was hailed a huge success with the World Combat Games set to return in 2019 after the show of overwhelming support by the international federations. Commission Chairman and SportAccord/ GAISF Vice President, Stephan Fox reported that very keen and positive feedback was received from the questionnaire sent prior to the meeting, with the next step being the fine tuning of the event format. The Commission has received strong proposals from a number of bidding cities, whose representatives were in attendance of the SAC 2017, and the next IF Forum in Lausanne will see the next meeting for more decisions to be made. Mr Fox was quoted: “The Combat Games have held two successful editions already in Beijing and St. Petersburg and remain a valuable event for both Olympic and non-Olympic recognised Combat sports and Martial Arts. For the non-Olympic, it gives the athletes a great opportunity to be together with the Olympic athletes and for the Olympic sports, it also gives an opportunist to showcase some of […]
World Darts Federations 2017 World Cup
The 2017 WDF World Cup will be taking place in Kobe Japan October 3 to 7 2017.
World Darts Federation Europe Cup 2017
The 2017 WDF Europe Cup Youth will take place July 12 to 15 2017 in Malmo Sweden
IOC President key note speaker at the AIMS Conference 2017
The AIMS Conference has become an important and unique part of the yearly SportAccord Convention. This year, the theme was the Social Responsibility and Cooperation of Sporting Federations. The AIMS family, under the presidency of SportAccord / GAISF Vice President Stephan Fox welcomed many keynote speakers and presenters. The Conference was opened by SportAccord / GAISF President Patrick Baumann, followed by ARISF President, Raffaele Chiulli. The keynote speakers were Founder and President of Peace and Sport and President of World Olympians Association, Joel Bouzou, President of WADA Sir Craig Reedie, Director of ThinkSport, Anna Hellman, IOC Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, Pâquerette Zappelli, IWG for Women in Sports, General Secretary, Game Mothibi and Chief of Youth and Sport Section, SHS UNESCO, Alexander Schischlik. The AIMS president welcomed the IOC president Dr Thomas Bach, thanking him on behalf of the 21 AIMS IFs for the IOC recognition. The IOC president, heartfully welcomed all delegates, congratulating AIMS and all members on their recognition and the cooperation towards common goals. The AIMS Council honoured the IOC president with a special token. AIMS is looking forward to the IF Forum in Lausanne in November and then Bangkok 2018 where the leaders of sport reconvene for […]
IFA FISTBALL WORLD TOUR STARTS – SPORTASTIC FIRST PARTNER
On March 31, 2017, the “IFA Fistball World Tour“ is taking off in Porto Alegre, Brazil – a brand new global tournament series for fistball club teams, which will replace the current World Cup from 2018. In total, 101 teams will compete in 21 venues on five continents for points at the World Tour. The two best female and male teams, respectively, will win wild cards for the World Tour Finals, the former World Cup. This new, global series also enhances the value of the big club tournaments. With the long-term partner and fistball supplier Sportastic a first sponsor of the World Tour has been acquired. “The World Tour is a worldwide series of fistball tournaments in various categories through which teams can secure wild cards for the World Tour Finals, the former World Cup. In future, the two best ranked teams from the World Tour will compete at the World Tour Finals, along with the six continental champions from Europe, North and South America, Australia, Africa and Asia“, said Winfried Kronsteiner, chair of the International Fistball Association (IFA) sports commission and initiator of the World Tour. The IFA will regularly publish the current World Tour rankings. MORE THAN 100 […]
6th April is the day for Peace and Sport
WAKO is looking forward for tomorrow’s celebration of 6th April- International Day of Sport for Development and Peace. Peace and Sport, the politically neutral organisation dedicated to promoting sport as a tool for peace, has launched its 2017 #WhiteCard campaign, inviting the world to show its commitment to global peace efforts. We celebrate 6th April because sports, as a tool for education, development and peace, can promote cooperation, solidarity, tolerance, understanding, social inclusion and health at local, national and international levels. This day comes after the UN General Assembly together with IOC declared it on August 23rd, 2013. WAKO officials with #WhiteCard WAKO, Peace &Sport nad IOC representatives in #WhiteCard During WAKO Irish Open International Cup for Peace and Sport there was a #WhiteCard campaign launched for commitment for peace through sport.
WAKO Oceania Continental Kickboxing Championships
Proud and happiness under the WAKO flag Over the weekend of 18-19 March WAKO Oceania held its inaugural WAKO Continental Kickboxing championships at the Arnold Classics Multi-Sport event in Melbourne, Australia. Over 170 fighters competed in this event across all WAKO disciplines and fighters from across the Oceania region enjoyed 2 days of exciting competition in the Melbourne Convention Centre. The quality of fights was tremendous and visiting spectators were impressed with the WAKO style of Kickboxing. During the course of the event, the competition area was visited by Mr Arnold Schwarzenegger who sat and watched a demonstration by the WAKO Australia Kickboxing club Martial Energy. WAKO Australia Official Vanessa Jenkins and WAKO Oceania President Pete Thompson were lucky enough to get up close and personal with Mr. Schwarzenegger who expressed how impressed he was with the WAKO Kickboxing and in particular with the younger participants whom he encouraged to continue in their training and competition. The exposure WAKO received during this event was tremendous, with the Arnold Classics Australia host to over 10,000 competitors and visitors from around the world the spectator numbers for […]
2017 SportAccord General Assembly
The Denmark SportAccord Convention 2017 was hailed a great success by all delegates. The last day saw the General Assembly with important decisions on the agenda, shaping the future of SportAccord. The changes in statutes put forward by SportAccord President Patrick Baumann will have a significant beneficial impact. The General Assembly unanimously approved the name change from SportAccord back to the old acronym of GAISF, but now standing for Global Association of International Sport Federations, the organization was founded as GAISF, 50 years ago. It will give a clearer, more logical and focused identity and it will also distinguish it from SportAccord Convention and any other future commercial activities, services and games organized under SportAccord. Along with the name change, was approved the Observer Status for international federations that want to join SportAccord/ GAISF; and the Rotating Presidency starting 2020, in combination with a two year term limit. This means it will now alternate between the Olympic and non-Olympic umbrella federations. The new slogan is “ One Voice For All Sport” and what has been achieved is the direction of the organization for many years to come. You could feel the unity throughout the entire Convention and the respect for […]
Bangkok to host SportAccord Convention 2018
Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, was confirmed as the host city for the 2018 edition of Sportaccord Convention during a stunning Opening Ceremony to mark the official start of this year’s edition in Aarhus. The announcement was made during a glittering opening ceremony at the Musikhuset, which featured culture, music and the performing arts, as well as speeches from the from the distinguished IOC President Dr Thomas Bach, SportAccord Convention President, Francesco Ricci Bitti, and the Mayor of Aarhus, Jacob Bundsgaard. Bangkok – and Thailand as a whole – is renowned for the welcoming nature of this people, and the city is served by numerous international airline, with most countries offering direct flights. As the main hub for Southeast Asia, the city will provide a base for Convention attendees who are keen to explore a stunning part of the world. Bangkok provides a multitude of affordable activities, with plenty to offer visitors in terms of culture, shopping and more. Commenting on the announcement, Francesco Ricci Bitti, President of SportAccord Convention and the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF), said: “It will be a pleasure to bring the 2018 SportAccord Convention to Bangkok, Thailand, and I would like to thank the Government of Thailand for supporting the Convention, which […]
WMF Executive Committee meeting took place in Frankfurt, Germany
Frankfurt, Germany – The World Minigolf Sport Federation (WMF) Executive Board met over three days from March 24-26, 2017. Over 20 different topics were discussed during this meeting, including competition plans, relationships with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Alliance of Independent Recognized Members of Sport (AIMS), and SportAccord, finances of the WMF, and reports of the Continental Federations and other participating parties. The Executive Committee consists of members from 8 different countries (Germany, The Netherlands, Finland, Portugal, Kenya, United States, China and New Zealand), spread over all 5 continents (Africa, America, Asia, Europe and Oceania). Dr. Gerhard Zimmermann, WMF President, expressed his compliments to the members of the Executive Committee for their important work during the last period and informed in detail about the development regarding the IOC recognition process, the position of WMF within AIMS and the participation in the upcoming SportAccord Convention in Aarhus (Denmark). A large part of the meeting was spent talking about the future strategy of WMF, an update of the media and marketing plans, the value of the input of the WMF Special Committees, the activities to be part of Multisport Events and the start of a worldwide Grand Prix tour. A permanent seat […]
AIMS at the 2017 SportAccord Convention
AIMS President Stephan Fox confirmed that all 21 AIMS member federations will participate at the SAC in Aarhus. Some of them again as exhibitors. The many activities commence on the 3rd in the morning with the IWGA General Assembly and in the afternoon, the AIMS Council meeting. The 4th of April will see a busy day with the Annual AIMS Conference taking place in the morning followed by the AIMS General Assembly. The evening will have the Opening Ceremony, and the Convention will be opened by the IOC President Dr Thomas Bach, and a member of the Royal Family of Denmark. The 5th will be a full Convention day, with many meetings including the Combat Games Meetings. The evening will have the Joint Olympic Dinner hosted by IWGA, ARISF and AIMS, followed by a special cocktail reception of the 2 former AIMS federations, ICU and IFMA, that received IOC recognition in 2016. The 6th will be the ARISF/ WADA session where AIMS will be in full participation and the 7th will see the SportAccord General Assembly. AIMS wishes all the delegates safe travels to Aarhus and looks forward to a very productive week for SportAccord Convention 2017.
Singapore Prepares for the SEA Games 2017
Singapore Sepaktakraw National Team preparation for South East Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 19 to 31 August, 2017
Irish Open International Cup for Peace and Sport
Dublin was again a great host of massive kickboxing tournament, unique in it’s quantity, quality and humanitarian work. Kickboxers from all around the World were again on the same trucks showing that humanity and sport raises under the same flag. More than 4,000 athletes of all ages are taking part in the competition at the Citywest Hotel in Dublin, which is the World’s biggest kickboxing event. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the ISPCC. In the past three years the kickboxing Irish Open has raised over €46,000 for the children’s charity. Ms. Kristina Thuree from IWG speaking about equal chances for all involved in sport during Opening ceremony Except having active members creating numerous events and educative activities, WAKO organize and coordinate mechanisms to ensure gender equality, youth development, referee education, fair play, communication, social responsibility, solidarity, social and education programs for athletes present and future after their sport career. During this edition, WAKO representatives and fighters also got mobilized around the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace taking place on April 6 and accepted to participate in a massive way in the #whitecard campaign. The WhiteCard, a Peace and Sport […]
WAKO and International Working Group on Women and Sport (IWG) partnership
SIGN FOR THE FUTURE WAKO became a partner of one more International organization which deals with Women in sport issue. International Working Group on Women and Sport IWG is International organization dealing with gender equality and women presence in sport in all levels, forcing initiatives to promote physical activity, offering men and women equal opportunities in the sport arena and enlisting men as allies in the fight for gender equality. On 4th March 2017 during Irish Open International for Peace and Sport WAKO Cup, it was organized the ceremony of signing the agreement between two parties, which means that WAKO has signed and adopted Brighton Plus Helsinki 2014 Declaration on Women and Sport. Mrs. Kristina Thuree, IWG European representative and Mr. Borislav Pelevic, WAKO President with WAKO Women Committee members Declaration was signed by Mrs. Kristina Thuree, IWG European representative and by WAKO President, Mr. Borislav Pelevic, witnessed by WAKO Women Committee chairman Mrs. Kate Kociszewska and WAKO Women Committee member Mrs. Marijana Pelevic. The presence of Mrs. Kristina Thuree on the WAKO Cup was the great occasion to introduce our sport kickboxing and to arrange a meeting with WAKO Women Committee, where important issues of implementing principles of […]
FIAS TAKES PART ON THE UNITED NATIONS CELEBRATION OF THE WOMEN’S DAY
In celebration of the International Women’s Day, FIAS joined important global organisations in the United Nations Office in Geneva to discuss gender equality. One of the highlights of the day was the roundtable debate on the role of sports in promoting equal opportunities and women’s empowerment.+ Embracing the celebrations, FIAS also released in the social media a video dedicated to all women in the sambo community, who are actively contributing to the development of the sport worldwide. Women’s empowerment is a topic near and dear to the heart of FIAS, who has been working closely with the women’s commission and external organisations to advance women’s participation in SAMBO and foster an environment with equal opportunities.
Alain Vignard wins maiden Minigolf League in Ghana
47-year-old Golfer and member of the Achimota Golf Club, Alain Vignard, last Sunday beat competition from 24 strong contenders to emerge the overall winner of the maiden edition of the Ghana Minigolf League, which took place at the Marvels Sports Club at Dzorwulu, Accra. The Golfer scored 44-points in the final round of the eighteen-hole competition to become the winner. Mr. Vignard, who was presented with a championship trophy, will, as part of the prize package, also receive a fully paid trip to represent Ghana at the World Minigolf series, to be held in Croatia this year. Following in the second position was businessman Ibrahim Usmaba, while Augustine Hohoayi also earned the Lowest Score of 40 for the Singles. They both received trophies, along with the doubles competition winners and runner up. The well-attended event, which blazed with lots of fun and excitement, was also graced by two high profile personalities – Mr. Pasi Aho, Sport Director, World Minigolf Sports Federation, and Mr. Wycliffe Ngoya, President, Africa Minigolf Sport Federation/Kenya Minigolf Federation. “I am particularly highly impressed that Ghana, with a rather teething Minigolf sport industry, has braced the odds to achieve this historic feat, by being the first country […]
14th Challenge for the best
The 14th Athens Challenge Tournament took place 04 -05 February 2017 at the Olympic Wrestling Arena in Ano Liossia. Organized in association with WAKO and the PAN-HELLENIC FEDERATION OF KICKBOXING “POK “, Athens Challenge Tournament is without a doubt the biggest Kick Boxing event in Greece. Athens Challenge Tournament is one of the top 5 Kick Boxing events across Europe where each year athletes compete in Kick Boxing disciplines: Point Fighting, Light Contact, Kick Light, Low Kick, forms hard style, soft style, weapons and in Self-defense. This edition 2017 brought over 1220 European athletes from 12 countries such as Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Russian Federation, Spain, United Kingdom, Georgia who were competing in 2151 entries. Only Greece had more than 1400 entries. The second in entries was Italy ( 271) and Bulgaria (137). Over 27 international referees from across Europe travel to Athens each year for the needs of Athens Challenge Tournament where along with 28 Greek referees they guarantee another successful event. The competition was going on 11 tatami areas and on one ring for low kick. The main sponsor of the 14th Athens Challenge Tournament was VODAFONE and sponsors were Zaros, Dole, Kayak […]
RESULTS FROM THE IRISH MINIGOLF OPEN AT RAINFOREST ADVENTURE GOLF
Adam Kelly, from Great Britain, has won Ireland’s very first Irish Minigolf Open which was held at Rainforest Adventure Golf. Adam registered a score of 219 over 8 rounds, leaving his final score 69-under par. Kelly cashes in with a cheque for €1500. The Irish National Minigolf Champion was also up for grabs for Irish participants in the competition. Jamie Campbell claimed the title of Irish National Champion after registering a score of 262 over 8 rounds, leaving his final score 26-under par. Jamie cashes in with a prize of €350. 36 players took part in the competition, 18 of them Irish and 18 from across Europe. The event, backed by the World Minigolf Federation and the British Minigolf Association, generated interest from across Europe, with players from The U.K., Austria, Czech Republic and Sweden taking part in the competition. Rainforest Adventure Golf is now the home of a new World Record, as Pauli Kuikka from Sweden registered a score of 23 on the “Aztec” course during his 2nd round on the first day of the competition. Detailed results from the competition can be viewed here: http://bmga.co.uk/2017IO/result.htm#c For more information, log onto www.rainforestadventuregolf.ie Facebook – www.facebook.com/RainforestAdventureGolf Twitter – @RainforestGolf Notes: This is an […]
THE PLACE WHERE THE CHAMPIONS RISE
2017 Edition of Golden Glove European Cup brought much joy for the participants and for the promoters. The beginning of the year started very well for the WAKO and one more competition has been successfully finished. With 18 nations participating with more than 900 entries, this was more than a good opportunity to check positions in the draw. As usual, the toughest competition was in point fighting seniors men -69 kg with 19 athletes in the draw. This can also be said for the point fighting Grand champion men league in which there were 21 athletes registered. An amazing new format of Grand champion, made of selected fighters by the promoters, was called COMBAT ZONE. Each fighter was wearing a special t-shirt with a number and each “clash” was the first technique. Roland Veres was the winner for KZ men and Martina Rossi was the winner for KZ women. Italian TEAM BARRUS and TEAM POINT FIGHTING dominated in tag team male competition -74 and +74 defeating the strong TEAM KIRALY. Hungarian champion Veres Roland approved the title of the best fighter title on European Championships in Greece. He ultimately keeps the best position in point fighting -57kg. Moreover, in […]
WAKO Delegates visited Polish Olympic Committee
WAKO DELEGATION IN POLAND WAKO President Mr. Borislav Pelevic, WAKO Board member Mrs. Kate Kocsiewska and President of Polish Kickboxing Association Mr.Andrzej Palasz, visited Polish Olympic Committee. On the meeting with Mrs. Irena Szewińska, who is IOC member and Vice President of Polish Olympic Committee, five times Olympic Champion in athletics (running), WAKO President introduced her about IOC application which WAKO applied to the IOC in August 2016. Mrs. Szewinska was very interested in the position of WAKO in International sport and was very thrilled about the number of WAKO members, and a number of WAKO international competitions. Mrs.Irena Szewińska first time competed in the Olympic Games 1964 in Tokyo, as an 18-year-old . Participated in five editions of the Games of the Olympiad: 1964, 1968, 1972, 1976, 1980. She is 10-times world record holder in 100m, 200m, 400m; 10 medals (5 gold, 1 silver, 4 bronze) in European Championships, 26-times Polish champion (100m, 200m, 400m, long jump); Athlete of the Year in Poland (1965, 1966, 1974, 1976); Athlete of the XX Century in Poland. There is no doubt that great and valuable experience of Mrs. Irena Szewinska was a precious help for WAKO delegates to be introduced about various […]
FIAS launches gender equity video campaign
Adding up to the current efforts to encourage and promote the female participation in SAMBO, FIAS has recently launched a video campaign addressing gender equity in sport. The video that carries the name “Who Cares About Women in Sport?” showcases examples of four women that have been making a difference in SAMBO around the world, both in and out of the field of play. FIAS Women Commission has helped to conceptualize the video, which aims to promote an equal sport, as well as serve as a reminder that women have been present in SAMBO across different functions for several years, thanks to all the skills and efforts they brought along. In only 24 hours, the campaign has been watched by more than 25’000 people on Facebook. Aligned to the principles of the UN Sustainable Development Goal Number 5, FIAS is committed to keep taking forward initiatives and actions to advance gender equality in SAMBO. The chair of FIAS Women Commission, Mrs Monique Athanase, is now in touch with representatives of the International Working Group on Women and Sport to become a signatory of the Brighton Plus Helsinki 2014 Declaration on Women and Sport.
SportAccord and TAFISA meeting
A joint meeting took place at the SportAccord head office in Lausanne, invited by SportAccord President and IOC Member Patrick Baumann and attended by IOC Member Nenad Lalovic President of United World Wrestling, ARISF President Rafaelle Chiulli, AIMS Council Member Michal Buchel, AIMS President Stephan Fox and TAFISA Secretary General Wolfgang Baumann. The meeting was held for the purpose of discussions between SportAccord recognised martial art and combat sports and TAFISA in regards to the organisation of martial arts games by TAFISA which permitted the participation of non-recognised combat and martial arts federations. The issue being that some of these federations were neither members of SportAccord nor were they WADA signatories or WADA compliant. This matter has also been acknowledged by the IOC. The meeting was highly productive where the TAFISA General Secretary Mr. Baumann, reported that TAFISA has already decided not to further engage in the organization of combat and martial art games due to the uniqueness of combat sports and martial arts in general and to concentrate in Sport For all and Cultural Exchange. This can only be good news. Discussions also took place for the closer cooperation of TAFISA with SportAccord.
Ireland’s First Minigolf Open To Take Place In Rainforest Adventure Golf
Leinster and Irish Rugby International, Sean Cronin, officially launched the inaugural Irish Minigolf Open today at Rainforest Adventure Golf in Dundrum. The Irish Minigolf Open is set to take place on Saturday February 18th and Sunday February 19th in Rainforest Adventure Golf. Sean Cronin and both his Leinster and Irish teammates are regular visitors to Rainforest Adventure Golf, with Irish International Ian Madigan holding the best record on both the “Aztec” and “Mayan” courses in Rainforest Adventure Golf, followed closely by Leinster and Irish International Dominic Ryan. Sean Cronin, ambassador for the Irish Minigolf Open, commented, “This is a fantastic opportunity for people to discover the sport of minigolf and to learn and compete with some of the best in the world. It’s shaping up to be a very exciting weekend and I’m delighted to be part of it. Rainforest Adventure Golf is a fantastic venue to host the very first Irish Minigolf Open, both my teammates and myself love to compete on both courses during our downtime!” This will be Ireland’s first World Minigolf Sport Federation (WMF) event, with the competition set to attract players from across the U.K. and Europe. Rainforest Adventure Golf have also named Make-A-Wish Ireland […]
National School Minigolf Championship to be held in India
Maharashtra, India – The National School Minigolf Championship is being held from January 17 – 20, 2017 at Sandip Polytechnic University. Prior to this event the State School Minigolf Championships is being held January 13 – 15, 2017 at the same location. The events are being organized by the Minigolf Federation of India (MFI) in conjunction with the School Games Federation of India. The sport of minigolf has been gaining in popularity in India and the MFI expects this event to be a keystone in tapping into the potential of the sport within the country. The MFI expects over 5,000 participants from hundreds of schools accompanied by coaches and referees for this major national event. Per the Olympic Charter, “The goal of the Olympic Movement is to contribute to building a peaceful and better world by educating youth through sport practised in accordance with Olympism and its values.” Events like the National School Minigolf Championship are in line with this goal and further help promote the sport of minigolf to future generations of players. The tournament is promoted by the Minigolf Federation of India, which is a member of the Asian Minigolf Sport Federation and the World Minigolf Sport Federation. […]
IFMA celebrates its IOC Recognition in a Successful Press Conference in Bangkok
Yesterday’s Press Conference hosted by IFMA to announce and celebrate their recent IOC recognition was one that was watched by IFMA members, stakeholders, muaythai fans and members of the world sporting family across the globe. Both international and national press and media filled the Grand Ballroom at the Grande Sheraton Sukhumvit Hotel together with honoured guests, Ambassadors and Counsellors from various embassies, representatives from UNWomen, UNESCO, the Royal Thai Government and National Olympic Committee of Thailand, IFMA Executive Board members which flew in from around the world and leading members of the IFMA Athlete commission. The Press Conference kicked off with a warm welcome from the host Elizabeth Sadler followed by a presentation of IFMA’s partner organisations via a flag ceremony which told the story of IFMA’s past to present showcasing the various achievements from 1993 when it started with just with 20 National Federations to the present where it boasts 130 proud members. IFMA President Dr. Sakchye Tapsuwan gave an emotional speech in which he reflected on the past twenty years and how IFMA had grown into “a valuable, recognisable, credible member of the world sport family – SportAccord, the International World Games Association, FISU, TAFISA, OCA, a former […]
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
World Association of Kickboxing Organizations (WAKO) wish to all International Sports Organizations happy, successful and prosperous New Year.
Muaythai Receives IOC Recognition
Muaythai is a martial art and combat sport with over 1,000 years of tradition, but December 6th 2016 will shape the next 1,000 years, as muaythai was granted provisional recognition by the IOC Executive Board. In an official letter to IFMA President Dr. Sakchye Tapsuwan, the IOC congratulated IFMA “on its achievements in the development of the federation and the sport…” IFMA President Dr Tapsuwan was overjoyed by the news which was the culmination of the work over many years by the IFMA to foster, develop and promote the Olympic values through the five pillars of muaythai: Honour, Respect, Fair Play, Tradition, and Excellence IFMA Sport Director Charissa Tynan stated “We lodged our intent to apply for the IOC recognition on April 3rd 2012 at a special gala event, handing over the letter of intent to IOC member CK Wu and former SportAccord President Hein Verbruggen along with our application to be included into the International World Games Association (IWGA) which was handed over to IWGA former President Ron Froelich. We received recognition by the IWGA in 2013 and in 2014 were official included as an official medal sport in the World Games. That was already a glorious moment for IFMA and […]
AIMS congratulates Cheer and Muaythai!
AIMS would like to congratulate Cheerleading (ICU) and Muaythai (IFMA) on receiving provisional recognition from the International Olympic Committee on the 6th of December 2016. AIMS wishes these members the best as they continue their journeys in sporting excellence and move on to ARISF. We hope that these two sports will continue to support and guide AIMS and it’s members. AIMS would like to thank the IOC for the recognition of these two international sporting federations.
CHAMPIONSHIP IN GREECE
WAKO European Championships Greece Loutraki 19th-27th November 2016 From 19th till 27th November 2016 Greece hosted the European Kickboxing Championship for the disciplines: Point fighting, Kick Light, Musical forms and Full Contact .These days were fully packed with high-quality fighting, great fights, friendship, and fair play. This championship is the example of the big positive development within the WAKO organization as a whole. For all participants, this was a great opportunity to join and be inspired for the future work. Full contact discipline female fight Kick light discipline men fight With participants from 33 countries, WAKO continues to show strength in Europe. With the participation of great, confirmed champions and legends of WAKO, fighters like Zsolt Moradi, Roman Brundl, McMenamy Robbie, Szabo Dorina, etc. we had also the newcomers who attended Championships of Europe for the first time. This was certainly inspiring for all of the participants. The promoter of the Championships, President of WAKO Greece, Mr. Mike Triantafillou has done a great job with his staff for realizing this event and he doesn’t hide his happiness for bringing kickboxing Championships back to Greece. […]
IFMA Anti-Doping Task Force Yields Results
FAIRPLAY is one of the five pillars in Muaythai and the mantra in muaythai is “to rather lose in honour than win in dishonesty.”
WAKO Became a Partner of “Peace And Sport” Organization
WAKO BECAME A PARTNER OF “PEACE AND SPORT” ORGANIZATION Fantastic success has been made at 24th November 2016 for WAKO. According to the invitation of the President of International Organization “Peace and Sport” Mr. Joel Bouzou, WAKO President Mr. Borislav Pelevic arrived in Monaco on 24th November 2016 for signing the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which means equal membership of WAKO in this international sports organization. Founded in 2007, by modern pentathlon Olympic medalist and World Champion Mr. Joël Bouzou, Peace and Sport is a neutral and independent worldwide organization that is operational by using sport and its values as an instrument for peace. International organizations partners of Peace and sport are Council of Europe, UNESCO ( United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), UNOSDP (United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace) and EPAS (Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport). Peace and Sport work with the support of Government of Monaco, Mairie de Monaco and Tourist organization of Monaco. Among 33 sports organizations which are members of Peace and Sport, WAKO found its place as a 34th associated organization. World Archery, IAAF (International […]
WAKO PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
KICKBOXING FOR BRIGHTER FUTURE OF YOUNG PEOPLE Every person, regardless of age, ability, economic advantage or any other criteria which make us different, has the right to participate in sport. Physical activity is the key to each individual’s physical and mental well-being. All young people has to have a sporting chance and to take part in physical activities no matter of their ability or disability. The sport has the power to develop young people’s potentials, helping them to be healthy and happy and to be a part of common society. To contribute and to succeed. To equip them with competence and to prepare them for the challenges of life ahead. To support young people to develop positive character qualities : creativity, aspiration, resilience and empathy. Moreover, for the children with disabilities, to support them and learn to have self-confidence. During the WAKO European Championships in Maribor in October 2016, part of the program on the Opening ceremony was kickboxing demonstration of disabled children. During that performance, where five boys of 15-18 came into the ring and did a little kickboxing,one couldn’t find an eye without tears in the audience. So touching performance showed to all of us that […]
Behind the scenes: what happened in the World Sambo Championships out of the field of play
The World SAMBO Championships were held last weekend in Sofia, Bulgaria. The competition that brings face-to-face the best sambists in the world is also a unique chance for the Sambo stakeholders to evaluate the progress of the sport in different continents and discuss future paths at the FIAS Congress. This year’s encounter preceded the very anticipated decision of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) concerning FIAS recognition. In order to be aligned with the IOC’s agenda, the executive committee announced a set of changes in the organization. Among them, a minimum of 25% female presence on the Executive Board is now mandatory and the presidency term was limited to a maximum of three consecutive years. The national federations representatives also welcomed Canada, Indonesia, Philippines and Sri Lanka, who were awarded with FIAS full membership. Costa Rica and Macao joined this year as provisional members. Integrity and Fair Play One of the main topics addressed in the congress was FIAS efforts to emphasize the zero tolerance policy to corruption, match-fixing and doping. Not only that: the ongoing Fair Play campaign also targeted those who are the core of sambo: the sambists. An educational seminar was organized to athletes and coaches on the […]
AIMS Council Meeting in Lausanne
The AIMS council met in Lausanne at the Maison du Sport Internationale. Many important issues were discussed, AIMS President gave a detailed report on the SportAccord Council meeting, including decisions taken by the Council. AIMS General Secretary, Dr. Zimmermann made an administrative report, while the various commissions, headed by Dr Gabriel discussed plans on future Social Responsibility projects. AIMS will continue to work closely as one of the SportAccord and IOC recognized IF umbrella organisations to protect the Olympic values and work in good governance towards the overall development of sport.
World Sambo Championships’ record audience crowns the 78th anniversary of SAMBO
November is a very iconic month for SAMBO. The sport celebrates two very important milestones: The World Sambo Championships, which gathers the best sambists around the globe and the anniversary of the sport. The 16th of November marks 78 years from the day Sambo was officially recognized as a sport and it has been a long journey until the modality born in the USSR’s army would become a high-level sport practiced worldwide. The martial art is now present in every corner of the globe: more than 120 national federations in all continents ensure the development of the sport, which presents itself as a very complete set of self-defence techniques, having the influence of many other martial arts in its conception. “I used to practice judo, but when I discovered SAMBO with my coach I liked it much better, because it offers a bigger variety of techniques”, said Leidy Suárez, a 19-year old Colombian sambist who participated in the World Sambo Championships for the first time this year. Leidy was one of the youngest amongst the more than 450 athletes that disembarked in Sofia last week for the three-day competition. All of them had the same goal: bring home one of […]
World Open Powerlifting Championships 2016
World Open Powerlifting Championships 2016 YouTube-link Title Day Classes Start Technical Meeting Column1 Column2 Column3 Column4 Column5 Column6 Column7 Monday, 14.11.2016 Men 59 & 66 kg 12:00 https://youtu.be/5o29qdZ4S7U Men, 59 & 66 kg – World Open Powerlifting Championships 2016 Women 47 & 52 kg 17:00 https://youtu.be/9XhvpyVc_UM Women, 47 & 52 kg – World Open Powerlifting Championships 2016 Tuesday, 15.11.2016 Women 57 kg 12:00 https://youtu.be/iDbQclh0R1g Women, 57 kg – World Open Powerlifting Championships 2016 Men 74 kg 17:00 https://youtu.be/7ixB0cfo0lg Men, 74 kg – World Open Powerlifting Championships 2016 Wednesday, 16.11.2016 Men 83 kg 10:00 https://youtu.be/ue0yTTpKeA4 Men, 83 kg – World Open Powerlifting Championships 2016 Women 63 kg 14:00 https://youtu.be/0vSV0Adxpco Women, 63 kg – World Open Powerlifting Championships 2016 Men 93 kg 18:00 https://youtu.be/0FEIRTEHAms Men, 93 kg – World Open Powerlifting Championships 2016 Thursday, 17.11.2016 Women 72 kg 12:00 https://youtu.be/bUFdb0nyZNY Women, 72 kg – World Open Powerlifting Championships 2016 Men 105 kg 17:00 https://youtu.be/v89crAk7tIo Men, 105 kg – World Open Powerlifting Championships 2016 Friday, 18.11.2016 Women 84 & 84+ kg 12:00 https://youtu.be/z2COrkRvwYE Women, 84 & 84+ kg – World Open Powerlifting Championships 2016 Men 120 kg 17:00 https://youtu.be/IP1whuVJq9w Men, 120 kg – World Open Powerlifting Championships 2016 Saturday, 19.11.2016 Special Olympics Demonstration […]
WAKO European Championships 2016, Maribor, Slovenia
WHO IS GOING TO WROCLAW 2017? WAKO European Championship (K1 Rules, Low Kick, Light Contact) is over and another great WAKO event came to an end. Next stop is Loutraki, Greece, where the second part of the WAKO European Championship, this time in Point Fighting, Kick Light Contact, Full Contact and Musical Forms will take place. In Maribor we had 523 kickboxers representing 40 European countries. Congratulations to all of the new WAKO European Champions, also to all kickboxers who succeed to qualify for the IWGA World Games 2017 in Wroclaw, Poland. The most successful nation is Russian Federation followed by Serbia, Poland, Turkey and Italy. During Championship WAKO Europe had a pleasure to host Mr Janez Kocijancic, European Olympic Committee Acting President, who was very satisfied with organization and level of the competition. During his visit Mr Kocijancic had a meeting with Mr Roy Baker, WAKO Europe Acting President and Mr Borislav Pelevic, WAKO IF President. The main issue of the meeting was the inclusion of kickboxing in the next edition of European Games which will be held in Minsk, Belarus. Opening ceremony of the Championship was spectacular with presence of many important guests from sports establishment such as […]
Fights for the diamond shine
Report from Kickboxing Diamond Cup Anapa, Russia 21st-26th September 2016 In Anapa, Russia, in modern sports complex, the annual World Cup Diamond/kickboxing of WAKO took place. This year the event hosted more than 1000 athletes from 28 countries from all around the world. There were teams which come every year: India, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Armenia, Ukraina, Belarus, Kirgystan, Azerbajan, Turkmenistan, Tunisia, Abhaziya etc, but now we had also new teams: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mauritius, South Africa, which have pleased the audience with beautiful fights. On September 25th there was night Gala with finals – the best finals of WCD-2016 where winners received the highest award – gold sign with the real diamond! The best gala fights: Two girls in the light – contact have crossed their fists: Kolosheina Valeria from Russia and Saili Kanhat, India. Stronger and better was the Russian girl. In the second fight Ekaterina Lukinyikh, (Russia) was better than Dalakyan Lilit (Armenia). In full-contact fight -67 kg between Vitaliy Cherney, Russia and Maksat Usip, Kazakhstan, the Russian athlete was stronger. Low kick fight between two Russian fighters: Lazaridi Nikolay and Mafedzov Azamat was great and Azamat won. We had in final fight again two Russians, and victory went to […]
IOC 2016 Awards Women in Sport
It was a truly auspicious night at the IOC 2016 Awards Women in Sport, honouring outstanding individuals in their contribution towards women in sports. The Awards were introduced in 2000 to recognise the outstanding achievements and contributions of those who promote gender equality in sport. For the first time in history, the IOC gave it’s top award the IOC Women and Sport World Trophy to a man – Ethiopian journalist Dagim Zinabu Tekle who founded the Lisan Women’s Sport Radio Programme, dedicated to inspiring women and girls to be more active in sport and to pursue their goals and dreams. Tekle said in an IOC statement Monday. “I created this show because I realized that in Ethiopia, women have no voice, and they are not heard.” The five continental awards were: Africa – Felicite Rwemarika (Rwanda); Americas – Carole Oglesby (United States); Asia – Maria Leonor Estampador (Philippines); Europe – Majken Gilmartin (Denmark); Oceania – Moya Dodd (Australia). AIMS President, Mr Fox along was among the sport dignitaries that attended the event to honour the outstanding men and women. It was a night of inspiration and well deserved appreciation. Read more about the awards night on the official press release – IOC AWARDS 2016 WOMEN AND SPORT TROPHIES
AIMS at the SportAccord IF Forum 2016
AIMS members are geared up and ready for the Annual SportAccord International Federation (IF) Forum 2016 from November 9-11, at the Royal Savoy Hotel in Lausanne. This will be the 10th edition of an IF Forum, that has over the years been a gathering of great value to international sports federations. The forum has provided an constructive and inspirational platform for international federations to discuss key challenges and gain from the insights of major leaders and stakeholders from sport and the industry. This year will see three days of targeted session under the theme of The Power of Sport to Drive World Health. This edition will be a historic one with the IOC President Dr Thomas Bach, SportAccord Convention President Francesco Ricci Bitti and Sportaccord President Patrick Baumann opening the IF Forum, showcasing the unity between the IOC and SportAccord and SportAccord Convention. Stephan Fox, AIMS President and SportAccord Vice President was quoted saying “The IF Forum is a perfect platform for knowledge sharing and meetings between the IFs and umbrella groups. This years one is also important as the IOC Commission meetings are at the same time.“ AIMS members will be in full representation at the forum, including participation on some of the various […]
Highlights from Pan American Kickboxing Championships 2016 Cancun, Mexico.
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9th Panamerican Kickboxing Championship” Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo October 26th – 30th, 2016. Pan American Championships 2016 is over. One more fantastic championships, one big step forward in developing WAKO as a stable, big and perspective organization. Continents are finishing their activities for 2016. Pan America as the biggest part of WAKO had a significant championship which marked the qualified athletes for The World Games 2017. The reason more to know that here, in Cancun, we had the best athletes of the specialty. WAKO Mexico team was working very hard to achieve a high-quality event worthy of our sport and confirmed the trust and responsibility placed to Mr. Fernando Granados Leon, President of WAKO Mexico. Before the Championships, we had Referee seminars for ring and tatami disciplines. Jan Frana was the chief referee for ring sports. He held seminar with demonstrations for his colleagues: ” A lot of hard work, precious experience for all of us, but must say that referees and judges in Pan America are making a huge progress.”, were his words after the Championships was over. Gina Engelhardt was the chief referee for tatami sports. She held the seminar too and shares almost every word Jan Frana […]
IFA 2016 Women’s World Championship – Germany defends the title
On the fourth day of the IFA 2016 Fistball Women’s World Championship we saw two semifinal matches and two matches to determine the fifth, sixth and seventh places in the tournament, respectively. The players and fans were fortunate to have excellent weather, and we witnessed a great atmosphere. Playing on home turf, the Brazilian team delivered an excellent performance in the semifinal match against Switzerland, and scored a clear victory (3:0). In the second semifinal match, defending champion Germany played versus the tournament’s surprise team Chile which had managed to qualify for the semifinals for the first time in their World Championship history. The German team advanced to tomorrow’s final in a confident manner where it is now facing Brazil. Switzerland and Chile will play for the Bronze medal. Team Austria compensated for its disappointment of not qualifying for the semifinals with a clear victory over Australia. The Argentinian team, on place six after the preliminary round, also won over Australia. The Australian team hence finishes the tournament on the seventh place. As they return home, the Australian players take with them the invaluable experiences they have gathered from game to game and the many friendships they have won. Austria […]
IFA 2016 Women’s World Championship Preliminary Round
After the opening ceremony and the starting game between the host nation Brazil and the neighbor country Argentina, which Brazil won in two straight sets, took place, yesterday the Preliminary round started in earnest. Because the ground was already very wet from the rain of the last days, all games yesterday were played on court number 4 to save the centre court for the coming days. It was planned that all games from Wednesday on will be streamed live on sportdeutschland.tv, but due to technical problems the first game of the day between Austria and the newbies from Australia could only be recorded. Unfortunately that was not the only difficulty the organizational team had to face this day. The weather forecast predicted heavy rain in the middle of the afternoon. So the responsible people decided to shorten the breaks between the games to finish as many games as possible before the rain sets in. The starting times were only published for maximum two games in a row to keep it as flexible as possible. The predicted rain set in during the game third set between Austria and Switzerland. The game continued in heavy rain. After this the last game between Germany and Brazil […]
How the French impressed everyone at the World Masters SAMBO Championships
Large and small tricolor flags, a single blue and white uniform with the word “France” on the back, the incredibly loud support of its members, an impressive number of various medals, and of course, a choir singing La Marseillaise during the awards ceremony.
IFA 2016 Fistball Women´s World Championship starts soon
From the 25th of October until the 30th of October in Curitiba, Brazil will be the IFA 2016 Fistball Women´s World Championship. It will start next Tuesday with the initial match between hosting nation Brazil and Argentina. The IFA had to publish a reviewed schedule of the tournament as Team India and Team Pakistan will not participate due to visa related issues. 7 teams (Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Chile, Germany and Switzerland) from three continents will participate in the tournament played at the well known sports and fistball club “Clube Duque de Caxias” which already hosted the Fistball Women´s World Championship 2002. In the framework of the Women´s World Championship the IFA will host an IFA Athletes´ and Entourage Congress dated Friday 28th October and Saturday 29th October including elections of the female representatives inside the IFA Athletes´ Commission. Below the new schedule:
Belarusian sambist Stepan Popov receives Fair Play prize
The Fair Play award ceremony took place on October 15 in Budapest, Hungary. Belarusian sambist Stepan Popov was awarded a special diploma for gallantry during competitions at the 2015 European Games in Baku. The hero talked about the ceremony in an exclusive interview with the FIAS website.
The First African Minigolf Summit took place in Kisumu, Kenya
The National Kenyan Minigolf Federation hosted the first African Minigolf Summit in Kisumu from September 16th-18th, 2016 with participants from Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and Tanzania. The Summit was a great success with Statutes of African Minigolf Sport Federation established and an election of a full board. The board will be led by Wycliffe Ngoya (Kenya) as President and Talal Fattal (Ghana) as Secretary General. Participants of the African Minigolf Summit Grass-roots projects for minigolf development and individual adaption for different countries were discussed widely and with great interest. The World Minigolf Federation (WMF), supporting the Olympic movement and importance of social responsibility for a better world, offered its support for national projects and education programs for kids, players, coaches and referees. Social projects for Democratic Republic of the Congo (peace) and Kenya (youth communication center) have been initiated. The first African Minigolf Resort was discussed to be built up on the area of a private school close to Kisumu, where minigolf would be integrated in the official school sport. Alice Kobisch, Minigolf Ambassador and former World Champion, promoted the Minigolf-Kids foundation at the Summit. The Minigolf-Kids foundation was co-founded by her and the current […]
WAKO officially included in International Fair Play Committee, CIFP
During the General Assembly of the International Fair Play Committee, conducted in Budapest on October 15th 2016, WAKO became officially included in the International Fair Play Committee, CIFP. CIFP, an organization recognized by IOC, is the worldwide organization with the aim of defensing and promotion fair play. WAKO IF President, Mr. Borislav Pelevic says: “The WAKO gets inspired by the idea of the Fair Play and wants in all aspects to focus on the athletes and to act preventive. Observing the worldwide development within sports, we experience that credibility is at stake on many levels. Education is everything and the WAKO wants to strengthen its effort to promote Fair Play as an important educative tool within our movement. Our objective is that Fair Play will be a natural part of the behavior through activities, using best practices, cherish initiatives and create involvement and understanding. Fair Play enabled through actions is not only important for our athletes but also important for our entourage. So, let’s have a goal to be best example using simple methods but yet creating important results”. Fair Play Committee President, Mr. Jenö Kamuti from Hungary, re-elected as President on the October 14th for the four years mandate, […]
TSV Pfungstadt wins IFA 2016 Men’s Worldcup
After two days of fistball in a new surrounding in Cape Town the positions on the leader board are taken. The first day we saw five clear 3-0 matches – as expected the newcomers from Australia and South Africa had no chance against the World Cup veterans from Pfungstadt (GER) and Mercês (BRA)- surprisingly Mercês was not able to keep up with the German title holder and lost 0-3 as well. The nailbiter of Day 1 was clearly the fight of South Melbourne Fistball Club against the Archbishops of Banterbury. The Local heroes started well with a 2:1 set-lead, but couldn’t finish the game with the same concentration and lost in the end 2-3 to the Australian rivals. The second day started with the game for the 3rd place between the South Melbourne Fistball Club the the Archbishops of Banterbury. The young host team could not repeat the good performance from the preliminary round game against the same opponent and lost in four strait sets. All that hoped the final between the favorite TSV Pfungstadt and Club Mercês would be a tighter match as the first day and would bring some suspense was proven wrong. Only in sets one and four Club […]
2016 Open Asian Minigolf Championships were held in Yokohama, Japan
The Open Asian Minigolf Championships were held in Yokohama, Japan during the weekend of October 8 through 10. The event had two categories of competition – one for those who are AMF members (the Asian Championships) and one for anyone who is a member of the World Minigolf Sport Federation (WMF) (the Open Asian Championships). Within each of those categories titles were awarded for individual play and team play. In total, 56 competitors took to the lanes in Yokohama from 8 countries including China, Chinese Taipei, Finland, Germany, India, Japan, Sweden and Vietnam. Members from Korea and Iran were in attendance for the Delegate Conference that preceded the tournament but did not compete. Rain and wind hit the first day of competition but players and officials toughed it out and 8 rounds for the individual categories were played. In the Asian Championships, the home Japanese dominated as they won all of the categories except the female youth. Hisato Kondo won the male division by 3 strokes, shooting a 202 over the 8 rounds. All 3 strokes were made in the final round as he went tied into round 8 with Fuminori Itoh. The margin for victory in the female division […]
First international Fistball Event in South Africa
The coming weekend will be a new milestone in the history of Fistball. The IFA 2016 Men’s World Cup will take place in Capetown South Africa. Also it will be the first time in the history of the IFA World Cup that there are four team participating, with a team from Europa, South America, Africa and Oceania. Europe will be represented by the European Cup Champion 2015 TSV Pfungstadt from Germany. Club Mercedes from Brazil will compete for South America. The South Melbourne Fistball Club from Australia will represent Oceania and last but not least the host Team: The Archbishops of Banterbury. The World Cup will be held at Vygieskraal Sports Ground. There will be a preliminary round with best of 5 games between all the teams on Friday. On Saturday there will be the small and the big final. Both games will be played best of 7 sets. The winner will take home this beautiful trophy:
IOC President meets AIMS Member Sports
Just six months ago, the IOC signed an important MoU for AIMS’ provisional membership, in which AIMS and the 23 international member federations were acknowledged in their role especially in the fields of the development of sport and it’s promotion and support for athletes which are all very much in line with the Agenda 2020 and the vision of the IOC, especially the IOC President. History was made again, with the IOC President Dr Thomas Bach, visiting 2 AIMS member sports, Ju-Jitsu and Muaythai at the Asian Beach Games in Da Nang. Ju-Jitsu President, Mr Theodoropoulos, who is also the AIMS Vice President thanked the IOC president and the honour given to the sport and especially the athletes. AIMS President, Stephan Fox thanked the IOC president in person, as it was more than just a gesture, it truly showed that the IOC and its president has not just opened the doors for non-Olympic recognised sports but has given support to AIMS and all it’s members that are in full compliance in all respect with the Olympic Charter and Values. The presence of the IOC leadership, especially the president was the perfect motivation for all the athletes as much in their […]
Eight Countries to Battle in Minigolf European Cup 2016
Neutraubling, Germany – The Minigolf European Cup 2016 for club teams will be held September 29 through October 1 at the Minigolfcenter Neutraubling. Known as the “Champions League of Minigolf” 95 players will be representing teams from 8 countries as they battle to put their club team on the top of the podium. There will also be 35 coaches and officials at the tournament, bringing the participation count to well over 100 for this event. Everything is in place for an excellent late in the season tournament as the conditions for play are perfect with fine weather and a great atmosphere among the teams. Teams will compete on Thursday and Friday to earn their qualifying spots in the final Saturday rounds. Teams are already at the course practicing for what will be an intense and close competition. Pasi Aho, tournament officer, has this to say about the coming tournament, “The best minigolf teams in Europe have been practising since last weekend in best conditions and beautiful autumn weather. It will be very exciting to see if the title holders MGC Mainz, Germany (women) and Uppsala BGK, Sweden (men) can retain their titles or if the challengers will take the trophies […]
WAKO European K-1 Cup Prague 2016
K-1 ARENA One could almost touch the energy in the air. Two days on four rings more than 300 fighters were seeking for the victory in the Arena Sparta in Prague. It was the tournament in the WAKO K-1 discipline – the strongest, the toughest. The level of Adrenalin was extremely high. Many of the fighters entered in the fights seeking for the KO. Unpredictable and interesting fights, fights without a compromise. Two days there was a live stream on the Czech full contact Union web site. Congratulations to the organizer for the fantastic tournament. Jan Frana, Czech full contact union Vice president, representing the organizer: “One division K-1 is enough to fulfill the expectations for the good fights. We have here all age divisions: cadets, juniors, seniors, female and men, and all weight divisions. With more than 300 entries, we have four rings and fights two days with Gala night show with all senior final fights with one fight in Pro for the title. I can tell that we can be satisfied with the good tournament and good quality of the fighters from 20 countries. Many teams came here with the national team selection so we have here […]
IFMA’s Young Athletes UNiTE to End Violence Against Women
IFMA and the sport of Muaythai stands proud of the collaboration with UN Women Asia and the Pacific in the UNiTE to End Violence Against Women Campaign. We are proud of our champions who continue to be role models in changing and redefining attitudes towards women and girls. Read about our latest collaboration with UN Women at our Youth Event in their latest story here – Enlisting the Fiercest of Young Fighters to Help End Violence against Women
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR CADETS AND JUNIORS Dublin, 27th August – 3rd September
BEAUTIFUL WAKO YOUTH There were eight days enjoying kickboxing in Dublin, City West Conventional center. World championships for the youngest categories in WAKO were the real celebration of life. Sporthall and hotel were full of young smiling faces,full of laugh, it was an explosion of the emotions in the arena where fights were the reasons of many joy and many tears. These days WAKO can be proud of its young army of athletes standing one by one under the slogan: one WAKO, one Champion. This year it was 47 countries from the all five continents registered, with 1366 athletes and 1692 entries. The numerous number of athletes we had from Russian federation :142, Ireland, the host country : 139 and above hundred we had from Italy 111, Poland 123; the United Kingdom 83, Hungary 82, Turkey 67, Croatia 53, Greece 52, etc. This is a fantastic fact that one national team can count almost above 200 participants (athletes, coaches, officials etc) like we had this year in Dublin. ” The priority of this Championships is the youth, and that is of the most importance of the WAKO. WAKO has put a very big focus on the children, the foundation of […]
AIMS Congratulates President Theodoropoulos
AIMS would like to congratulate AIMS Vice President Mr. Panagiotis Theodoropoulos on his re-election as President of JJIF by the JJIF Congress. The sport of Ju-Jitsu has seen great development under Mr Theodoropoulos’ presidency and we wish him another successful term as he continues to take the sport of Ju-Jitsu to it’s highest recognition.
What is happening in the world of disability SAMBO? International digest
Turkey On September 14, a working meeting on the development of SAMBO for the visually impaired in Turkey was held in the office of the International SAMBO Federation. Roman Novikov, the Head of the Commission on SAMBO Development for the Blind and Visually Impaired at the Russian SAMBO Federation shared his experience of the organization’s work with physically challenged athletes with Gadir Mamedov, President of the Turkish Sport-Combat Sambo Federation. They also raised the question of the development of demo SAMBO for wrestlers with musculoskeletal system disorders, and the details and nuances of this direction were clarified by Natalya Novikova, the President of the Blind SAMBO Foundation. The result of the meeting was a decision to set up a commission for visually impaired athletes at the Turkish Sport-Combat Sambo Federation. Republic of Crimea A heroic act by Anatoly Krapolev, the Head of the Regional Commission for SAMBO Development for the Blind and Visually Impaired at the Sambo and Judo Federation of the Republic of Crimea, is an example to follow! Anatoly, despite his poor eyesight, rushed to the aid of people in a burning building. The blaze was caused by a short circuit due to supply disruption. Six families were […]
First African Minigolf Summit
First African Minigolf Summit will take place on 16th-18th of September in Kisumu (Kenya). The World Minigolf Sport Federation (WMF) and the African Minigolf Sport Federation (AMSF) have organized the first in minigolf history African Minigolf Summit. Representatives from at least 8 countries (Botswana, South Africa, Ghana, Kenya, Cameroon, Nigeria, Togo, Tanzania) have already confirmed their participation while registration is still open. The challenges of minigolf development in different African countries will be discussed during the historic two-day forum, including organization of the minigolf education programs in Africa, different investment projects on minigolf development in Africa, possible WMF participation in Minigolf-Kids foundation and other social campaigns. It is also planned to elect the AMSF Executive Committee and the AMSF Representatives to the WMF Executive Committee and the WMF Technical Committee. WMF takes this responsibility for social activities according to the spirit of the Olympic movement and considers Africa as a very important continent for minigolf development. There are a lot of minigolf courses in different African countries, but there are also many opportunities to develop minigolf from a ‘street’ level towards a professional sport and Continental Championships in the near future. Wycliffe M. Ngoya (5th from the right) represented Kenya […]
SAMBO Tournament at the Kadayawan Festival in Davao City, Philippines
The Kadayawan Festival is an annual festival held in Davao City, Philippines, when people give thanks for an abundant harvest from the land, the rivers and the sea. Kadayawan is considered one of the most spectacular and famous festivals in the Philippines. Traditionally, it lasts for one week in August, but various events may go on for more than a month. One such event was a Sambo tournament that took place on September 10 during the Kadayawan Festival.
AIMS Martial Arts Meets at the Martial Arts Masterships
5 of the 7 AIMS member martial arts were represented at the Cheong Ju Martial Arts Masterships, which was a fantastic opportunity to meet, discuss future cooperation and ideas towards the upcoming Combat Games meeting in November in Lausanne. Many meetings have been held and in the spirit of friendship, the martial arts visited and enjoyed each other’s competition. AIMS will continue the important cooperation and support between their 23 member federations.
World Martial Arts Masterships Opening
The beautiful city of Cheong Ju in the Republic of Korea was the venue for the World Martial Arts Masterships with 17 martial arts coming together in the spirit of combat sport, friendship and sporting and cultural exchange. 5 of the 7 AIMS member martial arts took part at these Cheong Ju Martial Arts Masterships, with the opening being a world class show. His Excellency the Governor of Chungcheongbuk-do Province and chairman of the event Mr Lee made an emotional speech on the spirit of martial arts, unity and diversity. The General Secretary of the United Nations Mr Ban Ki-Moon delivered a surprise speech on the power of sport and the contribution sport makes towards world peace. AIMS president and IFMA General Secretary Stephan Fox delivered a heartful speech thanking the city of Cheong Ju for hosting this event, the Governor for inviting all the athletes to this beautiful part of the world and addressing the athletes as the ambassadors stating that peace begins with a smile and that our athletes are the example of this. The stage was open for 7 days of cultural and sporting exchange.
Cooperation is the key
An important meeting took place between the 3 presidents of the 3 IOC recognised organisations the International World Games Association (IWGA), the Association of IOC Recognised International Sports Federations (ARISF) and AIMS to discuss the continued close cooperation towards common goals and for the most important assets, the athletes. IWGA also signed an important MoU with the IOC and many ARISF and AIMS international sporting federations are also members of IWGA and included in the games. The world of sport looks forward to the upcoming World Games 2017 in Wroclaw, Poland.
SportAccord meeting in Rio de Janeiro
An important SportAccord meeting took place in Rio de Janeiro chaired by President Mr Patrick Baumann welcoming all the new council members, who look forward to a fruitful cooperation. The new council members being : President, Mr. P. Baumann, FIBA Secretary General, (ASOIF), Vice Presidents Mr. R. Chiulli, UIM President (ARISF) and Mr. S. Fox, IFMA Secretary General (AIMS); Treasurer, Ms. M. Casado, ITU President, (ASOIF); Ms. K. Caithness, WCF President, (AIOWF), Mr. R. Fraccari, WBSC President (ARISF), Mr. G.F. Kasper, FIS President, (AIOWF), Mr. N. Lalovic, UWW President, (ASOIF), Mr. J. Perurena, IWGA President, (Associate Members). Many issues were discussed with the next formal meeting to be held in Lausanne during the SportAccord IF Forum in November 2016.
1st WAKO Fair Play Award
Mr. Romeo Deša from Croatia was awarded the newly established WAKO Fair Play Award during the WAKO Cadets and Junior World Championship in Dublin, Ireland. This new invention is established in cooperation with International Fair Play Association, CIFP, and with the President Mr. Jenö Kamuti, who was present at the ceremony. WAKO and CIFP want jointly to intensify the focus on Fair Play and preventive actions affecting the culture in a sport, to cherish either good initiatives in Fair Play Spirit of extraordinary behavior putting the Fair Play aspect as a priority. “Mr. Deša have a long history in WAKO working in many aspect of the organization and have a service attitude and preciseness that is highly appreciated by the organization. He operates with high integrity and is an important asset in WAKO”, say WAKO IF President, Mr. Borislav Pelević, the person that actually nominated him.” For me it is important to highlight the fact that Sport have no borders, we are all friends and my respect for this person is high.” At the same ceremony Mr. Jenö Kamuti was handing over a special trophy from CIFP to WAKO IF Vice-President, Mr. Espen Lund, for his work to promote Fair […]
Germany and Austria win big at European Minigolf Championships
Vizela, Portugal – The 2016 Minigolf Open European Championships were held from August 24th through August 27th on the VizelGolfe miniaturegolf and concrete courses. Although rain and thunder suspended play many times during the first day, the organizers of the tournament ensured that all twelve stroke-play rounds and all match-play rounds were completed during the four days. There were 170 participants for the tournament, including 123 players representing sixteen countries, making it the largest event to date in 2016 that was organized by the World Minigolf Sport Federation (WMF) and it’s continental federations. The miniature-golfers from Germany continued their winning streak in 2016 by taking both the men’s and women’s team titles. Both championship races were very close with the German men only winning by 2 strokes (team total 1126 – 6 players for 8 rounds) over team Sweden (team total 1128). The Czech Republic took the bronze medal (team total 1141). During the Czech Republic’s rounds, Marian Strasko had an amazing run on the concrete course setting a world record of 87 strokes over four rounds, helping his finish in the individual competition. The race was almost as tight in the women’s division as team Germany won by just […]
2016 Minigolf Open European Championships Take Place August 24 – 27 in Portugal
Vizela, Portugal – The best minigolf players in Europe return to Vizela for the 2016 Minigolf Open European Championships starting on August 24th. The tournament will be played on the VizelGolfe miniaturegolf and concrete courses. Eight rounds will be played the first two days, which will be counted toward the overall team championship and in the individual championships. Four more rounds will be played on Friday, August 26th to determine the overall stroke-play individual champions and the match-play championships will conclude on August 27th. Sixteen countries will be represented in this tournament with twelve countries, between the men’s and women’s divisions, competing in the team competition. In the individual competition 123 minigolfers will vie for the top spots, with the help of 47 coaches from the various countries. In May the Nations Cup was played on these courses so many participants got to study the courses and prepare their game. Germany and Sweden are the likely favorites to do well in the Open Championship based on their success in the Nations Cup. They also look to extend their recent winning streak from the Senior European Championships held earlier in August. Located in the Vale do Ave, Vizela has about 25,000 […]
AIMS attends exclusive event by UN-Habitat and Nexus Brazil in Rio
On the 12th on August, AIMS President and General Secretary were invited to attend an exclusive event in Rio de Janeiro, hosted by UN-Habitat and Nexus Brazil, to speak on the topic of Youth and Sustainable Development Goals during their time in Rio as part of the Olympic Games. The AIMS President spoke on using the power of sport to create a positive change. Gifts were presented by the General Secretary of AIMS, Gerhard Zimmermann to the hosts of the event, Ms Isabela Perez, a member of Nexus and philanthropist and organiser Ms Dana Podmolikova Youth & Urban Sports Specialist from UN-Habitat. AIMS will continue to collaborate and cooperate with it’s partners and other bodies to advocate the power of sport for the betterment of society.
AIMS President and General Secretary meet in Rio
Many important meetings took place in Rio, especially with the inclusion of the 5 new sports into the Olympic programme for Tokyo 2020. AIMS President Stephan Fox and General Secretary Gerhard Zimmermann, met with SportAccord President Patrick Baumann and ARISF President Raffaele Chiulli to discuss the continued close cooperation and other important matters. Mr Zimmermann stated that the cooperation between all 5 groups, ARISF, ASOIF, AIOWF, AIMS and the Associate Members in SportAccord is important. Rio was an opportune time to discuss many topics and the continue cooperation benefitting all recognised sports.
SportAccord leadership meets at the 129th IOC Session
The 129th IOC Session in Rio saw a number of important decisions made in the world of sport, including the inclusion of the 5 SportAccord members to the sports programme for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Additionally, the newly appointed SportAccord Council who were in attendance at the sessions took the opportunity to not only congratulate the new sports on the successful votes, but also to get reacquainted with each other for the upcoming year in SportAccord.
Germany and Czech Republic dominate at the 2016 WMF Minigolf Youth World Championships
73 youth U19 players from 11 countries were competing during 4 days of thrilling competition in Austria Bischofshofen, Austria – The 2016 WMF Minigolf Youth World Championships, one of the main worldwide minigolf events of the year, were played from August 10th through August 13th. Eleven countries were represented as 73 under-19 youth competed for both team and individual titles over the four days. Two major stories heading into the tournament were if weather would impact play and if the Germans would continue to dominate the youth categories as they did earlier in the U23 Nations Cup. Rain caused many interruptions during the first two days of the tournament and schedules had to be moved around so that players could continue under the tarp-covered miniaturegolf course instead of the concrete course. However, all eight rounds were completed as scheduled and at the end, Germany emerged on top of both the male and female youth categories. In the male youth category, Germany showed dominance over them all, easily finishing atop Sweden for first place, even though two Swedish players were the only males to post 19s in the first 8 rounds. Sweden just as easily kept silver over the Czech Republic […]
AIMS Congratulates Ski Mountaineering
After being granted provisional recognition in April 2014, the International Ski Mountaineering Federation (ISMF) has been granted full recognition by the International Olympic Committee at the 129th IOC Session in Rio. AIMS would like to congratulate ISMF, under the leadership of President Armando Marriott. AIMS President, Stephan Fox, Secretary General, Gerhard Zimmermann and ARISF President Raffaele Chiulli, were all present at the announcement in Rio to congratulate the sport. The full official recognition of ISMF is great motivation and inspiration for the 23 members of AIMS that are working towards earning such a spot in the Olympic Family. This is also the third sport from AIMS that has gained official IOC recognition showing the close cooperation between AIMS, ARISF and IOC. AIMS will continue to facilitate and encourage it’s members in their strive for full individual recognition from the IOC.
The 2016 WMF Minigolf Youth World Championships Take Place August 10-13 in Austria
Bischofshofen, Austria – The best youth minigolfers in the World return to Bischofshofen for the 2016 WMF Minigolf Youth World Championships – one of the main worldwide minigolf events of the year. The players got a preview of the courses during the U23 WMF Minigolf Nations Cup held in May and now they will start putting again on August 10. Nine countries will be represented by the 74 participants registered to play at both the concrete and miniaturegolf 18-hole courses. Participants must be 19 years old or younger to compete in this tournament. The Germans are sending one of the largest contingents as they look to repeat their domination in the Under 23 tournament where they had top honors in the male, female and team categories. Italy returns to the Youth World Championships for the first time since 2011 and look to have their name in the running. Four rounds of competition are scheduled for the first day, alternating between the two courses, and the team competition will wrap up on August 11 with four more rounds. On August 12 the individual stroke play championships will conclude and set the table for the top males and females to finish the […]
AIMS congratulates the five new sports included in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games
Baseball, softball, karate, skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing have all been added to the Tokyo 2020 programme, it was confirmed yesterday in Lausanne. The decision was made in a single vote by International Olympic Committee (IOC) members at the session in Rio. “We want to take sport to the youth,” said IOC President Thomas Bach. Presidents of all the five sport said that the Olympics have been their dream for a long time, and now the hard work has finally paid off. “We have a real vision around what these new sports will add to the mix for Tokyo 2020, and it’s a vision that isn’t just limited to these five sports but what we want the Olympic programme to do, what we want sport to be in the future of the Olympic Games,” said IOC Sports Director Kit McConnell. “This is fantastic and a historical moment for the Olympic Movement!” stated AIMS President and SportAccord Vice President Stephan Fox who was there to congratulate the 5 presidents along with AIMS Secretary General Gerhard Zimmermann. The President and Secretary General of AIMS were there at the 129th IOC Session in Rio, to congratulate the President of all sports in Rio, SportAccord President, […]
IFMA celebrates the Olympic Spirit and is included in the Olympic edition of UN Women
IFMA and Muaythai shows full solidarity in the Olympic Spirit for the start of the Rio Olympic Games; commencing its own Olympic celebrations with a special Fight Night in St Tropez, France; hours before the Rio Games Opening Ceremony. The event celebrates the Olympic Spirit and gender equality, with a fantastic match up of two outstanding female fighters, Taehiran Chomanee from Thailand and Taina Duarta from Brazil in the 57.2 kg category. The victor will win a special trophy awarded by UN Women as a result of IFMA’s collaboration in the UNiTE to End Violence Against Women campaign. Sport has the power to transcend barriers in society, whether it be race, religion, gender, origin or social status. It promotes a healthy lifestyle, boosts confidence and fosters social inclusion. IFMA is proud of its social work with its immensely successful social project Sport is Your Gang, with active and outstanding projects in over 70 countries. The partnership with UN Women in their UNiTE and HeForShe campaigns sees our Muaythai practitioners and champions lending their influence and voices to disseminate the message of gender equality worldwide through media, IFMA events and its 130 national federations. Scoring for gender equality through sport is […]
WDF EUROPE CUP 2016
The WDF 2016 Europe Cup will take place September 20 – 24 2016 at the Hotel Zuiderduin Egmond Aan Zee in the Netherlands. 32 Men’s teams and 26 Women’s teams will be competing, The 18th WDF Asia Pacific Cup will take place in Osaka Japan Wednesday 19th to 22nd of October 2016 Countries competing will be Iran, Pakistan, India, Mongolia, Korea, Hong Kong, Australia and Japan. Visit www.dartswdf.com for more information on Darts around the World.
AIMS President elected the new SportAccord Vice President
AIMS would like to congratulate AIMS President, Mr Stephan Fox on his new appointment as SportAccord Vice President! Mr Fox shared a few words: “The unity of the world sporting family is of utmost importance, and we must ensure that all voices are heard. The cooperation of SportAccord, IOC and WADA; the close relationship of both the Olympic and non-Olympic international federations and the sporting organisations must work to benefit the most important asset of all our sports, the youth and the athletes. It is an honour for me to be part of the SportAccord Council, led by our President Patrick Baumann, along with the other seven truly outstanding sport personalities. I will do my part to work under the direction of the President and the council, to do the best for every member and certainly the 23 members of AIMS, who have given me their trust. I have no doubt that the close cooperation with all stakeholders in the recognised world of sport will benefit us all.”
New SportAccord Council Appointed in Lausanne
The SportAccord Council met by tele-conference on Wednesday, 27 July 2016. The meeting was chaired by newly elected President, Mr. Patrick Baumann and confirmed the appointment of new Members to the SportAccord Council as proposed by its stakeholders: Mr. P. Baumann, FIBA Secretary General, (ASOIF) Ms. K. Caithness, WCF President, (AIOWF) Ms. M. Casado, ITU President, (ASOIF) Mr. R. Chiulli, UIM President (ARISF) Mr. S. Fox, IFMA Secretary General (AIMS) Mr. R. Fraccari, WBSC President (ARISF) Mr. G.F. Kasper, FIS President, (AIOWF) Mr. N. Lalovic, UWW President, (ASOIF) Mr. J. Perurena, IWGA President, (Associate Members) The new SportAccord Council addressed the distribution of responsibilities within the Council and elected Mr. Raffaele Chiulli and Mr. Stephan Fox as Vice Presidents and Ms. Marisol Casado as Treasurer. Following an internal review carried out during the month of June by SportAccord President, Mr. Patrick Baumann and SportAccord Convention President, Mr. Francesco Ricci Bitti, the Council approved the combining of the Managing Director role for both organisations. As a consequence, the Council appointed the current Managing Director of SportAccord Convention, Mr. Nis Hatt, as Managing Director of SportAccord. Further, Mr. Philippe Gueisbuhler has been appointed as Head of Administration, overseeing the administration of […]