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Mr. Jörn Verleger was introduced as new voluntary Secretary General at the IFA Congress in Argentina back in November 2015. The 44-year old sport enthusiast from Bavaria aims high when it comes to the future of fistball. He talks to us about the progress of the IOC Recognition and new IFA structures. IFA: Hello Jörn, you are in office for 100 days now. What were your main tasks during this time as Secretary General? Jörn Verleger: The main focus was on the organizing duties, like the preparation of the first Board meeting on 15th of January. Due to the new elections and restructuring of the commissions we had to hold several ballots. Furthermore, we received information from the IOC about the ongoing recognition process. The work for the required documents is already in progress for several months, but the questionnaire from the IOC was extended and the requirements specified. I think there is still a lot of work ahead for us. IFA: How could we present our sport more attractive for spectators and sponsors in the future? Jörn: Fistball is a fascinating sport with impressive dynamic within the game. We have to convey these dynamic to the fans and […]
Askim, Sweden – The Minigolf Open Youth European Championships were held from August 2 -5, 2017 on the concrete and miniaturegolf courses in Askimsbadet, Askim. In total, 66 players (48 male and 18 female) represented 12 different countries in the individual play. There were 5 full country teams in the male division and 4 teams in the female division that competed for the team title. The schedule was packed for the tournament as 8 rounds over the first two days comprised the team competition while and additional 4 rounds were played to round out the individual stroke-play competition at 12 rounds. The last day of play was for the match-play competition, which is played by the top tier players from the stroke play. The story of the tournament was the weather, as rains and bad weather interrupted play and caused from some adjustment of the round schedule. However, that didn’t seem to phase the home team during the team competition as the Swedish male and female teams struck gold and swept first place in both divisions, and followed it up with some success in the individual competitions. It was the first time in 11 years that Sweden swept in the […]
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 […]
The first editions of 2015 WMF World Ranking Lists are published on http://minigolfsport.com/index.php. Congratulations to all number ones and good luck in defending your titles and also good luck to all challengers!
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 […]
Today at the IFA 2016 Fistball U18 World Championships Germany the first games were played. With India and USA two countries made the first time an appearance at an U18 World Championship. But before the games could start the organisational committee and the IFA had to solve an unusual situation about the Indian Teams: The International Fistball Association has learned in the past month that there are two fistball federations in India. The older federation is called “Faustball Federation of India”, which over the years caught attention with confirming their participation in several international events and cancelling in the last days before the competition. Furthermore, missing membership fees almost led to the elimination of the federation. Considering those short time cancellations, a new rival federation was formed in India in spring 2016. This federation was officially registered as “Fistball Federation of India” nationwide. The newly established federation took all necessary steps in time to participate in the IFA 2016 Fistball U18 World Championships. Therefore, the participation of this federation was confirmed by IFA. The other, almost eliminated, federation (founded in 2003) organised their trip to Nuremberg in a last-minute move and arrived in Germany on Monday this week, against all expectations from […]
AIMAG 2017 started with a spectacular opening and now it is time for the athletes to shine. 3 AIMS members are part of the game, Ju-Jitsu, Kickboxing and Sambo. Ju-Jitsu was the first to start with the stadium packed to the last seats and outstanding performances by the athletes. Ju-Jitsu President, Pannagiotis Theodoropoulus, who is also AIMS Vice President, congratulated Turkmenistan and the OCA on this outstanding event and also welcomed the AIMS President, Stephan Fox, at the finals.
15 days of competition and friendship held across Jakarta and Palembang come to a close with an impressive fireworks display, an acrobatic dance performance involving hundreds of drummers, followed by a proud parade of nations. The capacity crowd which had many high-profile personalities including IOC President Dr Thomas Bach, OCA President Sheikh Ahmad Al Sabah, among others. Indonesia’s President Widodo started a series of speeches via Video Link from the Island of Lombok, which was hit by a 6.9 earthquake. He was accompanied by a crowd of survivors, and everyone stood in solidarity with Indonesia. OCA President Sheikh Al Sabah made a heartful speech and declared the Games over and the flag was handed over to the representative of the Chinese Olympic Committee and Hang Zhou Mayor Xu Liyi. A beautiful Chinese dance was performed to seal the hand over. Asia is looking forward the next edition of the Games in Hang Zhou. The rest of the evening was filled with entertainment with many international entertainers. IOC President Dr Bach stated “Congratulations Indonesia, Congratulations Asia, a great Asian Games, a young continent united in its love of sport, showing all its unity in all its diversity.” IFMA would like to […]
Implementing agenda 2020 requires a close relationship between the International Olympic Committee the recognised and the non-IOC recognised sports federations. This has been expressed at the first joint IOC/AIMS workshop, held in Lausanne, the Olympic Capital. The meeting was chaired by Kit McConnell, the IOC Sports Director.The meeting was opened by IOC Director General, Christophe de Kepper, welcoming all the 23 AIMS member federations and Raphael Chiulli, the ARISF President, outlining the importance of cooperation between AIMS and the IOC, the important meetings which took place in the build up to this meeting between IOC President, Dr. Thomas Bach, AIMS President, Stephan Fox, the IOC Sports Department, Kit McConnell and himself. Building a better world through sport is the main focus in the vision of Olympism which is a philosophy of life to play sport at the service of human kind. Stephan Fox, AIMS President, thanked the IOC for inviting the 23 recognised international federations to the IOC headquarter organising this historical and important meeting. He stated that it was a historical day for AIMS and all AIMS sports, a significant step towards an important relationship with the IOC and the Olympic movement. He spoke of how the cooperation between […]
The World Minigolf Sport Federation (WMF) organized courses, both before and after the 2015 Minigolf European Cup held October 1st to 3rd in Appelscha (NED), to increase awareness on the fight against doping in sports. These courses, consistent with the WMF Test Distribution Plan 2015, briefed members on the current World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) regulations. The attending athletes and coaches were instructed by the attending doping control officials on the proper procedures when an athlete is chosen to undergo an anti-doping test. Each of the twenty-one teams in attendance was represented by multiple members, guaranteeing that this information would be passed on and shared at the local club level. The WMF aims to implement a more efficient, intelligent and proportionate Testing and Education program. The instruction in Appelscha is just one of the ways the WMF is educating their members and ensuring that we “Play True!“
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 […]
AIMS takes great pride in its cooperation with the recognised organisations in sporting world. The AIMS conference held on the 19th of April, at the Swisstech Centre in the Olympic Capital of Lausanne was a great success with major and highly respected names in the world of sport, the conference was not only informative but also left a great sense of solidarity towards a united goal – that is the betterment of the world through sport. The conference was lead by welcome speeches from Mr Francesco Ricci Bitti, President of ASOIF and SportAccord Convention, Sir Craig Reedie IOC Vice President and President of WADA and President of ARISF Mr Raffaele Chiulli. The various speakers congratulated AIMS on it’s progress and development through the year, under the leadership of it’s president. Following the welcome notes, were very informative presentation from other special speakers that included: IOC representatives, Sport Director Mr Kit McConnell and Head of Sport Partnerships and Coordination, Mrs Jenny Mann; Peace and Sport and World Olympians President, Mr Joël Bouzou; CEO of IWGA, Mr Joachim Gossow; WUC Director FISU, Mr Paulo Ferreira; Director ThinkSport Mrs Anna Hellman; including host city presenters, HE Mrs Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, the Thai Minister of Tourism and Sports, […]
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.
Over 100 recognised international sports organisations and federations will make their way to Bangkok to participate in the 2018 SportAccord convention. One of the activities running simultaneously is the Sports Festival, which will be patronised by the IOC where over 50 sports will participate. AIMS President and GAISF Vice President Stephan Fox stated that one of the most important objectives is to establish new National Federations and sports in Thailand. The International Fistball Association(IFA) under the presidency of Karl Weiß is the first sport which took this opportunity, sending a female coach, Ines Mayer, to coach 2 university teams, Rangsit University and Thamassat Univerity for the next four weeks. Every day the university students have the chance to practice and play at the festival. This has been done in conjunction with the Thai University Sports Board. The president of fistball stated that this is an amazing opportunity for fistball to grow in Southeast Asia and fistball being part of the World Games is one of the most popular sports in the games. The Thai university sports board must be also applauded for the initiative. Fistball coach, Ines Mayer said that this is also an honour for her and building two […]
The Royal Thai Government, the Institute of Physical Education, came together for a day of sport, hosting the 23 AIMS sports to have a unique chance to introduce themselves to the sport universities, the Department of Physical Education and other stakeholders in Thai sport. AIMS President Stephan Fox stated that this gathering is vital to exchange sports, as some are stronger in certain regions while others have no presence at all in certain regions. It is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the sports, awaken interest and work together with higher sporting authorities. The representatives from the IOC, IWGA, FISU and TAFISA applauded the initiatives that will now continue in different regions around the world. AIMS Executive board member, Michal Buchel from FIAS, summed it up “Sport has a unique power, the unity in sport is important for the overall development of each of our sports.”
On the personal invitation of the distinguished IOC president Dr Thomas Bach, AIMS attended the 128th IOC session in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. AIMS president Stephan Fox thanked the distinguished IOC president Dr Bach for this invitation. Besides witnessing important decision-making, such as the vote of the 2020 Youth Olympic Games and the 2022 Winter Olympics, important information was handed on the updates of the implementation of Agenda 2020. Sir Martin Sorrell made an inspiring Keynote speech on Youth Media Consumption and what it means for the Olympic Channel. Emotional moments were felt when the IOC granted South Sudan full recognition. Sir Craig Reedle, Chairman of World Anti Doping Agency and many more gave reports. The session also provided the opportunity for AIMS to meet the many IOC members and the leaders in sports and AIMS would like again to thank the IOC President for this opportunity.
Over 30 years ago, countless Rohinga families fled from violent human rights abuse and conflict within Myanmar (Burma) and have been “temporarily” living in nine refugee camps within the Tak Province along the western border of Thailand. With over 120,000 refugees in this region, they contribute to the fastest growing refugee crisis in the world. Rohinga families currently have no alternative than to live in cramped shacks in over-crowded make-shift communities. Regular risk of fires sweeping through these camps means that each house is adorned with rows of small plastic bags above their entrances filled with water or sand. These families live where they can, with little access to medical care, they are dependent on donations. Many have been born into the camps never stepping foot outside of the gated and guarded compounds. Dusty air, poor nutrition and hygiene is the reality for these families. There is no alternative but to live off donated rations. Here they eat what is available and what they are given. Here there is no privacy, almost no personal space and a lack of basic amenities. Children marry young, create their own families, receive basic education provided by elected teachers within the camps. With limited […]
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 […]
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 […]
AIMS was honoured to attend the opening of the Olympic Head Quarter in Uzbekistan that was inaugurated by IOC President Dr Thomas Bach, President OCA and ANOC HRH Sheikh Al-Sabah and President of the Uzbekistan Olympic Committee Mr Mirabror Usmanov.A special dinner was hosted, with many delegates from the world of sport, that included IOC Executive Board Members and AIBA President Dr CK Wu, President of Fencing Mr Alisher Usmanov. An invitation was also given to AIMS President and IFMA General Secretary, Mr Stephan Fox. The Mr Fox on behalf of AIMS presented a special plaque at the event to the Uzbekistan Olympic Committee. Uzbekistan is a true sport loving country, where which sports and cultural understanding plays an important part in life. AIMS would like to thank for their true hospitality, our friends from Uzbekistan Boxing and Muaythai Federation.