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The 2015 WMF World Adventure Golf Masters (WAGM) took place on June 6th and 7th at the Hastings Adventure Golf Center in Hastings, England and was co-hosted by the British Minigolf Association. Forty- seven competitors representing a record number of countries, including several of the top-ranked players in the world, competed for individual and team titles. The countries competing along the host nation include four-time defending team champions Germany, China, Czech Republic, Finland, India, Portugal and Sweden. This is the fourth year the WAGM has been hosted at the Hastings Adventure Golf Center and the standard of play continues to improve with each year. “It was a real showcase for all that is great about minigolf,” said Sean Homer, captain of the Great Britain team. “More important, there was a terrific level of spirit, camaraderie, and passion throughout the event. I don’t think you will find a better example of all that is good about minigolf than what we witnessed this weekend.” In the seven-round team event, Germany remained undefeated in the WAGM team by winning their fifth straight team title by 10 strokes over the Sweden 1 team. Great Britain 1 finished two strokes further back and earned the […]
The Federation Internationale de Savate and its continental confederations hold regular championships in three main disciplines: Savate Assaut, Savate Combat and Canne de Combat. The qualifying tournament of the 2016 European Championships in Savate Combat took place recently in Greece. Many thanks to the organizer, Christos Kakos, the Hellenic federation and their team of volunteers, who gave us a warm welcome in a beautiful place. There are many advantages to a tournament being held close to the sea! The weigh-in took place on Thursday and the fighting began on Friday morning. The combats were supervised by an experienced team officials, who assured clear guidance of the participants and management of the event. Thank you to all of them! All the national delegations were presented at the Opening Ceremony, with each delegation accompanied into the arena by volunteers in traditional Greek costumes. On Saturday evening, the junior finals and three of the senior women’s finals took place in an atmosphere of excitement, adrenaline and excellence. The other finals will take place in October in France. Congratulations to all the athletes! M-56 Champion : PLACE Lorenzo FRANCE Vice-champion : CAPUTI Léonardo ITALY JM-60 Champion : SHCHERBACHENKO Sergei, RUSSIA Vice-champion : MARIMOUTU Eddy, […]
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 […]
Since the beginning of time, sport has played a very important role in inspiring people regardless of their divides. The enormous power of sport is one that can be used to achieve great change. Giving back to society and using the power of athletes and champions can contribute to achieve something larger than yourself. Therefore the 23 AIMS member federations signed a pledge with UN Women to combine 23 sporting federations for a united goal. The MOU was signed between Mrs Anna-Karin Jatfors, the Regional Program Manager of UNiTE to End Violence Against Women Campaign and Mrs Julie Gabriel, AIMS Executive Board member in charge of Social Responsibility and IFMA Vice President Sue Latta who head the FEM program. The signing ceremony was witnessed by over 400 delegates from the family of sports, including representatives from IOC, IWGA, TAFISA and FISU.
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.
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.
The 2017 Universiade was officially declared open by Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing welcoming athletes from around the world. The spectacular ceremony featured 3 different cultural performances presenting the story of Chinese Taipei to the world. Stunning digital and human performances received standing ovations and then when over 4,000 athletes marched into the arena with the final team Chinese Taipei, the stadium erupted. Chinese Taipei baseball hero Chin Feng Chen hit the fireball from around 50 metres lighting up the cauldron and sending a firework into the stadium and around Taipei. FISU president Oleg Matytsin delivered a heartfelt speech addressing the youth as tomorrow’s leaders and our future. IOC president Dr. Thomas Bach made a video address to all the athletes sharing his pride back in the days when he was a proud participant in the Universiade. AIMS congratulates FISU on an outstanding opening and wishes all the participants lifelong memories at the 29th Summer Universiade !
After hard days of congress meetings, IFMA, the host of the AIMS conference in Bangkok invited all representatives from the IOC, FISU, TAFISA, IWGA and the 23 sports to a night of cultural experience and enjoyment in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Bangkok, the heart of the Kingdom of Thailand. IFMA President Dr Sakchye Tapsuwan welcomed every one at the “Muaythai Live: The Legend Lives” show taking the participants for a one hour journey through the history of Thailand and from the old days of the Tiger King, The Prisoner with the Eight Limbs, The Warrior with Broken Swords led by General Pichai, The lethal art of Muaythai to the modern days of the art. Following this, a private barge picked up the participants on the pier for a 1.5 hr night dinner cruise, sailing them through the exquisuite beauty of Bangkok by night and the ancient temples over courses of delicious thai delicacies and thai hospitality.
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 […]
LAUSANNE, Switzerland – At the Extraordinary General Assembly of SportAccord held at the Hotel Royal Savoy in Lausanne, Switzerland on Wednesday 11th November, the members decided by large majority to authorise the SportAccord Council to negotiate with the Board of the SportAccord Convention to merge the organisations into one body. In spring 2016 the General Assembly of SportAccord will convene and review the proposed Statutes that will be established and submitted to the members. Until the end of the year the members have been invited to submit any specific requests and ideas for the merged SportAccord entity that will be considered during the negotiations between the SportAccord Council and Board of the SportAccord Convention. Interim Chairman of the SportAccord Council Gian Franco Kasper said: “Today represents an important message from the International Federations, that we value SportAccord as our shared platform to interact, discuss topical issues, share problems and look for solutions. I appreciate the positive feedback and constructive approach from the members during today’s SportAccord Extraordinary General Assembly and am convinced we have made a positive step”. AIMS President, Mr Stephan Fox participated at this highly anticipated Extraordinary General Assembly, as one of the SportAccord Council Members. The EGA […]
The first President’s Cup was held in London, England, in September of last year; this year the prestigious tournament will take place on the 27th of September, in Manchester. After coming second to the Russians, the founders of Sambo, the British team have their minds set on winning and finally leaving at home the exquisite trophy, made by ‘Jewelers of the Northern Capital’.
An important meeting was held in Lausanne between the 16 IOC and/or SportAccord Combat sports to discuss continued cooperation for mutual benefits, with further discussions on the Combat Games. The IOC was represented by IOC Sports Director Kit McConnell and Head of Stakeholder Relations, Jennifer Mann, SportAccord Convention was represented by Nis Hatt, and AIMS President and SportAccord Council member Stephan Fox, was designated to chair the meeting on behalf of SportAccord. The meeting was very productive and the group will continue to work closely together in the spirit of fair-play to protect each other against splinter groups that jeopardise the name of the recognised sport. A decision was also made to continue to cooperate on the possibility of the Combat Games 2018 with an ad-hoc committee being set up representing all the 3 groups, ASOIF, ARISF and AIMS and the 16 combat sports under the leadership of the new SportAccord president.
Anastasia lives in Athens, Greece together with her family. She was born in 1998 and is still very much in high school. She started with Karate when she was 6 years old. After 2 years she started to train Ju-Jitsu at Titans Ju Jitsu club and from then she never stopped. She is a black belt 1st Dan in Ju Jitsu 1. What is your biggest accomplishment in Ju-Jitsu I have taken the 1st place in Duo System at the age of 15 and 1st place in Fighting system at the age of 16 in the World Championships. 2. What one or two things do you currently do in your training that are keys to your success? My coach successfully combines both plysical exercise and the techniques that we train. I’m not doing something special, I’m just trying to be as focused as I can and give my best in every training. Also, we make a lot of fun in our training because we are very friendy and we are all very closed to each other, so that helps us to have good communication and good mood! 3. What would be your ultimate achievement? When I will be over 18, […]
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 […]
2016 WMF World Adventure Golf Masters in Kosovo will be played on the 25-26th of June A record number of players and teams from the record number of countries will be lining up to compete in the 2016 WMF World Adventure Golf Masters minigolf tournament taking place in Pristina, Kosovo this weekend. The sixth edition of the World Minigolf Sport Federation event will see 61 players and 11 teams from 14 countries play on the Kosovo Adventure Golf course in Pristina on the 25 and 26 June, with titles to be contested in individual and team categories. Pasi Aho, WMF Sport Director said “We are glad to be here and are enjoying the hospitality and friendliness of our hosts and are looking forward to an exciting championship.” The countries competing alongside the host nation are Albania, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Croatia, Denmark, Germany, Great Britain, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Sweden, and United States of America. The last one will compete at the WMF international event for the first time after very long break. Each team is represented by 4 players. The tournament formula consists of 5 (plus 1 final) rounds. Results will be available LIVE at http://www.kosovominigolf.com/sq/world-adventure/. Main interesting detail of […]
The 36th World Amateur Go Championship was held from June 5th to 12th in Bangkok, Thailand. Total of 57 players from 57 countries and territories participated, and as a result of intense 8 rounds competition, Changhun Kim, the Korean representative became the new champion.
AIMS visited the city hall on invitation of the Mayor of Wroclaw, Mr. Rafał Dutkiewicz. The Mayor was presented with a special token by President Stephan Fox and Vice President Panagiotis Theodoropoulos, thanking him on behalf of all AIMS members, for the people of Wroclaw in opening their homes and hearts to the youth of the world. Mr. Fox especially thanked the Mayor for the amazing championships, assured and that everyone will leave Wroclaw at the end of the games with unforgettable memories of true Polish hospitality.
Youth teams from all over the world are getting ready to become part of the biggest muaythai event for junior divisions in the world. The Championships will take place in the capital of the Kingdom of Thailand, Bangkok. The event will showcase the future of muaythai, a friendly competition where athletes can make friends for life.
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.
The SportAccord Convention is without a doubt one of the most prominent events on the international sporting calendar. The entire elite sporting industry gathers each year to exchange ideas and information for the benefit of all in sport. AIMS consists of 23 international sporting federations, recognised by SportAccord and AIMS plays an important role to actively unite, to coordinate and defend the common interest of the AIMS members. AIMS prides itself in the close cooperation between the Olympic and non Olympic sports, the 3 umbrella groups ASOIF, AIOWF and ARISF, and SportAccord and IOC. This is the 14th edition of the SportAccord Convention which has taken place in many beautiful cities around the world but this year as its return to the Olympic city of Lausanne, the home of many international sporting federations and the IOC, undoubtedly will ensure an unforgettable and most importantly successful event in which there is clearly one winner – SPORT.