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Over 100 representatives of local and international press turned up at the official prelaunch held at the Arnoma Hotel Ballroom. The event opened with a powerful video showcasing the 92 recognised sports grouped together under the GAISF umbrella. Khunying Patama Leeswadtrakul opened the press conference showing her pride as a Thai and IOC member that the SportAccord convention has been awarded to Thailand and the unique opportunity for Thailand to present itself to the world. It furthermore outlines Thailand as a sporting hub in the South East Asian region. As an IOC member Khunying also showed her pride that the IOC has granted patronage to the festival and she congratulated all organisations and individuals who have joined hands in the United Through Sport Campaign. Khunying thanked especially Stephan Fox the Vice President of GAISF and AIMS President for his vision in the unique power of sport. Colonel Ruj Sangudom Deputy Governor of the Sport Authority of Thailand stated that Thailand looks forward to welcoming the leading personalities to Bangkok includingg the IOC President and preparations are well on the way both at the convention to be held at the Centara Centre and the festival which will be held outside of the […]
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:
Congratulations to the Men’s Fistball Team from Germany, IWGA Team of the Month for November 2015. The squad of Coach Olaf Neuenfeld secured the World Fistball Championship title at the World Championships in Argentina (14-21 November of this year). The defending champions achieved the title with a 4-0 win over Switzerland and booked their ticket for The World Games 2017 in Wroclaw, Poland. In Wroclaw, the German team will compete against Switzerland, Austria, Brazil, Argentina and Poland, aiming to defend their TWG title. What the fans learned in Argentina is that there is more than a slight chance that they will make it. Team Germany proved once again that it’s impossible to keep up with their “Golden Generation” on the pitch. Striker Patrick Thomas and his teammates didn’t lose a single set in seven games on their way to defend their title from the World Championship 2011. The Swiss team was their opponent in the final game for the third consecutive time on the international stage: World Games 2013, European Championship 2014 and the third final clash between the bordering countries when Germany beat Switzerland 4-0 in sets, to secure their record-setting 11th World Cup title this November in Argentina. […]
The AIMS family once again showed a strong presence at the IF Forum 2019 held in Lausanne from 28th – 30th November 2019. Most of the federations, council members had been present and the topic could not have been a more needed one, “Athlete Centred Sport” Many different strategies, ideas and programs were discussed and all participants are aligned when it comes to keeping the athletes’ interests at the core of daily work. Sports must all stand together with an investment towards the future with fights against doping, match-fixing and ensuring that the world’s athletes are clean which is the protection of the strict code of fair play. AIMS family were strongly represented on the panel including the President of AIMS spoke about the protection of clean athletes, Sue Holloway from IDBF joined panel on Athlete’s Welfare and Mental health, Rebecca Mandefou from FISav touched on strengthening the athletes’ voice while her President, Dr Julie Gabriel spoke on safeguarding the athletes. Alwin Oberkersch, Athlete and Executive Board Member, from IFA joined the panel on the same topic. The representation of the AIMS members especially the athletes showed the credibility AIMS has as an IOC and GAISF recognised umbrella body.
POWERLIFTING SUPERSTAR 2ND RUNNER-UP Four-times The World Games Champion Larysa Soloviova’s sports career began at the age of six, and in all ten school years she was active in gymnastics, where she reached the level of Master of Sports in the Ukraine. However in 1995 the gymnastics club in her town was closed. “I had to think seriously about what to do next. And I had good luck: next to the gymnastics club there was a gym. I began to visit it to keep fit,” Soloviova says. “After a few training sessions, a Powerlifting coach approached me. He was closely watching my training and suggested that I try my hand at Powerlifting. I thought “why not”, and only two months later, performing at the Ukrainian Nationals I reached the level of Master of Sports in Ukraine, with a bronze medal in overall competitions! I realised that this was exactly the thing I wanted to do in my life,” Soloviova says. In 2005 Larysa Soloviova took part in The World Games for the first time in Duisburg, Germany, and directly won her class. Then she took a gold medal in the 2009, 2013 and 2017 editions of the Games. Besides that, she is a nine-times world champion (IPF), three-times European champion (EPF) and twelve-times champion […]
The International Jump Rope Union (IJRU) and the Olympic Channel have announced a collaboration agreement. Through this partnership, IJRU will work with the Olympic Channel to broadcast and promote a series of jump rope events through event coverage, highlights, magazine shows, news coverage, and original programming. “We are excited to welcome the IJRU to the Olympic Channel,” said Mark Parkman, general manager of the Olympic Channel. “The Olympic Channel platform continues to evolve and provide more exposure and reach for a number of sports to our global audience.” This presents a major opportunity for the sport of jump rope/rope skipping, the IJRU, and our member federations. With the support of the Olympic Channel, IJRU will be able to reach a broader global audience, increase engagement, and promote our sport and athletes alongside those within the Olympic Movement. “We are honoured to be in partnership with the Olympic Channel and the wider Olympic Movement and we are excited for the opportunity to provide greater exposure to our sport, amazing athletes and members.” said Shaun Hamilton, president of the International Jump Rope Union. “Through this partnership, we hope to highlight this fun sport’s athleticism and creativity.” About the Olympic Channel The Olympic […]
GAISF President Raffaele Chiulli: We must all work as a team
The first official press conference of the 16th WMF Minigolf World Championships took place on Saturday, July 13th in Kunshan, China. The championships will be held near Kunshan in the ancient water town Zhouzhuang on October 18th – 27th. WMF President Dr. Gerhard Zimmermann represented WMF in the press conference and was one of the three speakers. In his speech, Zimmermann thanked the local organizer Kunshan Invengo Network Industrial Park Co., Ltd. for their cooperation and huge efforts for the minigolf sport, referred to big development possibilities for minigolf sport as an acknowledged official sport in China. He also described the current strategies of World Minigolf Sport Federation to support the national minigolf development in China by combining sport, education, media and business. A lot of media representatives and government officials were present at the conference and Chinese media has already published a lot of news from the press conference.
Patrick Baumann will always be remembered for his vision and beliefs in the true power of sport and Olympic humanity. Through his leadership Patrick has united us into one voice. He has respected each and every member of the world sports family, Olympic and Non-Olympic. His energy, his optimism, his intelligence, his down to earth approach, his positivity and his sense of humour touched and inspired us all. Patrick was a man of sport, on and off the field of play, he understood, practised and preached sport for the good of humankind. His integrity in many ways has given us credibility and we can only be grateful for the time, effort and support he has given to sports and the future of our youth regardless to where we are in the sporting tree. Patrick’s legacy will not fade, we must all continue to stand and be the one family he wanted us to be. This is the promise we must make. He was a true friend to all of us and our hearts and condolences are with his wife, two children, his family and to every one who loved and respected him for the great man he has been.
TWENTY-FIVE YOUNG LEADERS HAVE BEEN SELECTED BY THE IOC AS PART OF A FOUR-YEAR PROGRAMME SUPPORTED BY WORLDWIDE OLYMPIC PARTNER PANASONIC. COMING FROM 25 COUNTRIES AND FIVE CONTINENTS, THESE FUTURE LEADERS WILL BUILD SUSTAINABLE, SPORT-FOCUSED SOCIAL BUSINESSES FROM IDEATION TO FRUITION, SUPPORTED BY WEEKLY LEARNING MODULES AND LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES. Today, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced the selection of 25 new IOC Young Leaders who will leverage the power of sport to make a positive difference in their communities. This fifth generation of IOC Young Leaders will benefit from an enhanced version of the programme, which moves from an annual to a four-year model, and will provide the Young Leaders with additional tools and expertise that they will need to become successful social entrepreneurs and make a positive impact through sport. Starting in February, the programme aims to empower the new pool of talents to develop their own social business as a localised sport-based solution to a pressing challenge in their respective communities. The participants will receive a total of CHF10,000 seed-funding over the four years, and will be supported by weekly learning modules and leadership opportunities. As ambassadors of Olympism, the IOC Young Leaders will also play active roles […]
AIMS & UTS Thank ASOIF President Francesco Ricci Bitti Francesco Ricci Bitti needs no introduction in the world of sport. A successful athlete, the former President of the International Tennis Federation, the former President of GAISF and Sportaccord as well as the current President of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations. Mr. Ricci Bitti, is also on the Executive Committee of Sportaccord and he has been a strong supporter of AIMS and United Through Sports since the inauguration. Mr. Ricci Bitti has spoken at every conference and has been valuable towards the development of the initiative. We all remember fondly his active role in Bangkok at the first festival and once again on the Gold Coast where he was on stage with His Royal Highness Prince Feisal Al Hussein,Ban Ki-Moon,Anita DeFrantz, Honourable Minister Kate Jones, Mayor Thomas Tate, Raffaele Chiulli and Stephan Fox playing in the band with the Australian youth. On behalf of AIMS, the social initiative United Through Sports and the legacy it leaves behind for youth of all abilities and socio-economic statuses we would like to say thank you, to a true leader and visionary in the world of sports. […]
A very special event took place in Bangkok organised by the national reform committee on Culture, Sports labour and Human resources. It was attended by many important speakers, chaired by Prof Dr Nithi Mahanon and certainly IOC member and executive board member of the national committee of Thailand KHUNYING Patama Leesawadtrakul. Khunying Patama made a detailed presentation on sport and active society and to promote sport for all from the grassroots to elite level in all provinces of Thailand. This is very much in line with AIMS’s vision on promoting inclusion, non-discrimination in sport. AIMS was represented by President Stephan Fox at this important gathering.
Aikido, is a Japanese martial art which represents a potent distillation of centuries of Japanese martial arts knowledge. Aikido is more than just a martial art, is a way of self-development. Aikido’s origin was founded by Morihei Ueshiba. It has spread its wings from Japan, all over the world as a martial art that focuses on harmonising with your opponent, to bring peaceful resolutions to situations involving conflict. The current President Moriteru Ueshiba is the head of the Aikido Doshu in Japan and its Chairman, Kei Izawa, is also the Treasurer of AIMS and a Council Member. Aikido is a member of GAISF and the International World Games Association and is truly a sport for all ages and abilities. Today the General Secretary of Aikido, Mr. Wilko Vriesman, will teach us to be in harmony with ourselves. Please enjoy this small exercise. In aims we believe that diversity leads to harmony.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today officially opened Olympic House – one of the most sustainable buildings in the world. The inauguration was the highlight of the very emblematic and emotional celebrations to mark the 125th anniversary of the IOC, which was founded on 23 June 1894 by Pierre de Coubertin. The ceremony was attended by 700 guests, including the AIMS President representing the AIMS family, Mr Stephan Fox, President of the Swiss Confederation, Ueli Maurer; the IOC Members; the Presidents of the 206 National Olympic Committees and the International Sports Federations; and more than 30 Olympic medallists who, together with the Olympic medallists amongst the IOC Members, have won more than 125 medals at the Olympic Games. For the traditional ribbon-cutting at the foot of the iconic unity staircase of Olympic House, IOC President Bach was joined by President Ueli Maurer, the IOC Executive Board members, the President of the Vaud Council of State, Nuria Gorrite; Council of State members Pascal Broulis and Philippe Leuba; the Mayor of Lausanne, Grégoire Junod; and a number of Olympic medallists. Designed to reflect the IOC’s overarching mission to make the world a better place through sport and the reforms of Olympic Agenda […]
The first ever Pan American Fistball Games held by the US Fistball Association will take place from the 27th to the 30th of August at the Swim and Sports Club in Flanders (NJ). The Pan American Championship for national teams men and women with teams from USA, Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Colombia will the Thursday 27th and Friday 28th of August. After that the Pan American Cup for club teams men and women with teams from the same countries will take place Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th of August.
The ARISF/WADA Anti-Doping Coaching/Training Session, held every year since 2014 at the SportAccord Convention, is an open platform for International Federations (IFs), WADA, and any individual organisation involved or interested in clean sport to share the expertise, experiences and views in an open and transparent way. It features a series of discussions and presentations from anti-doping experts, and IF and WADA representatives focusing on a variety of areas including prevention, information sharing, doping control, results management, and other key elements of the protection of the clean athlete. The cooperation between the 4 umbrella groups in the Olympic Movement is of utmost importance. AIMS General Secretary Dr Gerhard Zimmermann, stated that many other future opportunities are planned for AIMS members to take advantage of the resources provided by IOC, SportAccord and the other 3 umbrella groups. AIMS will be in attendance with full representation of it’s constituent IFs at the workshop.
The Lahti Minigolf Centre hosted a historic WMF Minigolf World Championships 2015 from August 19th to the 22nd. Players from 21 countries and five continents registered for the event; 127 among them competed in the biannual 4-day premier minigolf championship in the world. The field included players from Kenya and New Zealand who made their maiden appearances at the World Championships. The 2015 World Championships took place on two of the WMF-recognised systems: felt and miniature golf. Many of the teams arrived several days in advance to train; in an attempt to defend their 2013 men and women team titles, the German team were the first to arrive in Lahti. The extra preparation by the German team appeared to pay off as they became the first country to sweep team and individual gold medals at a single World Championships. Pasi Aho, WMF Sport Director, noted the conditions were ideal for world-class minigolf, not only did Germany make history but both “Sweden and the Czech Republic with four medals each were very strong.” Gerhard Zimmermann, WMF President, noted that the “high level of performance and fair play among the competitors was clearly evident”; beyond the competition, the interactions between nations on […]
All 23 international federations which are members of AIMS heartily congratulate the 5 sports which have been recommended by unanimous IOC Executive Board decision to feature at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Baseball/Soft ball, Sport Climbing, Surfing, Karate, and Skateboarding will be forwarded to the IOC General Assembly in Rio. AIMS sincerely thanks the IOC for their vision on the Olympic Agenda 2020 and this historical decision is one of the many important objectives of Agenda 2020. AIMS will continue to work closely with the IOC as an IOC recognised IF umbrella group and will continue to work closely with the other 4 recognised umbrella groups, ASOIF, AIOWF, ARISF and SportAccord. AIMS will continue its very good contribution to support the Olympic Movement.
AIMS will continue to support the International Table Soccer Federation, ITSF on its journey towards development and growth. TABLE SOCCER TARGETS DIGITAL CONNECTIVITY FOR FUTURE GROWTH Played in almost every country around the world, table soccer, table football or foosball, has continued to grow since its introduction in 1921. The sport, overseen by the International Table Soccer Federation (ITSF), has grown to 67 national members. However, each country, and even sometimes each city, has its own rules or style of play. Since its formation in 2002, as well as promoting the development of table soccer throughout the world, and uniting players globally, it has been the mission of the ITSF to bring some degree of uniformity to table soccer without altering the local practices. The recognition and preservation of those traditional or emerging styles of play is an ongoing project and remains a major focus for the ITSF. “The extension of our GAISF Observer Status is critical to improving international collaboration”, said Farid Lounas, President of the ITSF. “GAISF Observer Status provides the opportunity for the ITSF to connect, share and learn from other International Federations working towards the same goal of Olympic recognition. It also helps individual federations gain […]