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Interview with Stephan Fox, President of AIMS Stephan Fox is a former Muaythai world champion, who now holds various administrative roles in sport including the Presidency of the Alliance of Independent Recognised Members of Sport (AIMS). Fox is also Vice President of the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) and the General Secretary of the International Federation of Muaythai Associations (IFMA). He has a passion for global sports development and has been integral in guiding multiple International Federations on their journey in the Olympic Movement. Fox is also dedicated to using sport as a tool for social change, with AIMS being the founding member of United Through Sports, which brings many organisations together for the benefit of youth around the world and also has been the driving force behind the sport festival during SportAccord and other events. Stephan Fox also serves as President of UTS. Can you tell us more about the background of AIMS? AIMS was formed in 2009 when all the GAISF recognised Members that had not yet been recognised by the IOC and had no voice in the GAISF family as an umbrella group. As a result, all the recognised Members at the time, that did […]
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 !
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 next team for the Men’s World Championships in Argentina was announced: The United States of America selected their 10 player squad. The team is made up of select individuals from three regions across the country – greater areas of Milwaukee, Newark and Philadelphia. The squad:Front Row (L to R): Eric Kindler, Mat Henrichs, Steve Kucera, Aaron Weninger, Keith Schweda Back Row (L to R): Coach Ron Jesswein, Kris Graham, Pat White, Mat Ogin, Jack Stern Not Pictured: Matt Ayling and Todd Strassberger See the whole article in English here.
LAUSANNE. 2nd October 2017 – The Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) today announced the first International Federations to achieve Observer Status. They are: World Armwrestling Federation (WAF) World Dodgeball Association (WDA) Federation for International FootGolf (FIFG) International Union of Kettlebell Lifting (IUKL) International Federation of (Match)Poker (IFP) International Pole Sports Federation (IPSF) International Table Soccer Federation (ITSF) Details on these Federations can be found here. The decision to introduce Observer Status for aspirant members was unanimously agreed by delegates at the GAISF General Assembly in Aarhus, Denmark, earlier this year. Since then the GAISF Membership Commission Chaired by Antonio Espinos along with Vice Presidents Dr Raffaele Chiulli (President of ARISF) and Stephan Fox (President of AIMS) have worked to define eligibility criteria and application procedures which were shared with aspirant Federations in Lausanne in May. Observer Status allows new, young International Federations to take advantage of the GAISF network to grow and develop. They can take part in the annual IF Forum and attend the General Assembly, but have no right to vote. The Observer status has been designed as a first step in a clear pathway towards full GAISF membership. Observers will be accompanied by GAISF in their development […]
The Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF), supported by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), has today launched sustainability.sport, a web portal devoted to sustainability issues such as climate change, economic inequality and social injustice. The portal has been created to help further sport’s sustainability goals, by providing a free tool where sustainability resources from the entire sports community can be grouped together on one dedicated platform. “Today, we can see a growing momentum across the sports community to help the world build a more sustainable future,” said IOC Sports Director Kit McConnell. “With sustainability being one of the three pillars of Olympic Agenda 2020, the strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement, our aim is to support sports organisations big and small in their sustainability journey. This platform will form an important part of these efforts. We look forward to our continued cooperation with GAISF to ensure that sport is an impactful player in today’s global sustainability efforts.” The content, which will be regularly updated, ranges from sustainability initiatives from International Sports Federations (IFs) to resources from outside the sports ecosystem, such as guidelines and reports. In addition, a wide range of best practice case studies from sports […]
Alan Govinden – Needs no introduction into the world of film and entertainment. More importantly he also works tirelessly to give his support to The National Autistic Society as well as prestigious UK charities including the NSPCC and the Duke of York Community Initiative. Among the 300 guests at the AMG Charity ball was Her Royal Highness the Countess of Wessex GCVO who herself is a patron of the National Autistic Society and NSPCC. Also in attendance was GAISF (SportAccord) Vice President, Stephan Fox who is worldly renowned for using the power of sport to create a positive change, with his focus towards those most vulnerable, our youth. One of the many charities where Mr Fox gives active support towards children with autism is The Samui Special Needs Foundation in Thailand. The foundation recently received a minibus following a charity run by some Muaythai athletes who wished to give to those less fortunate than themselves. For Mr Fox, supporting this notable cause is a must. An outstanding Film producer and Philanthropist, Alan and his wife Maria have five children, their youngest Jonathan has Autism. Alan’s daughter Julia has recently joined forces with SportAbility and the Festival United Through Sport campaign […]
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 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:
A special meeting took place in Bangkok between ARISF President Raffaele Chiulli and AIMS President Stephan Fox. The meeting was important to discuss cooperation in many ways, and also to discuss activities and ideas for the upcoming SportAccord Convention 2018 in Bangkok. A meeting was also arrangement between the ARISF president and the minister of Tourism and Sports, HE Mrs. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland – The Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) Council met via video conference on Wednesday, 16 December 2020 for a GAISF Extraordinary Council Meeting chaired by President, Dr. Raffaele Chiulli. As previously communicated, the current Director, Philippe Gueisbuhler decided to pursue an opportunity outside of the organisation with the International Ski Federation (FIS) commencing 1 January 2021. Following the Extraordinary Council Meeting, President Chiulli said: “It is truly a pleasure to announce today that in view of ensuring the continuity of GAISF administrative action, SportAccord, Managing Director, Mr. Nis Hatt, was unanimously endorsed as interim Manager of GAISF.” President Chiulli went on to say: “I have the utmost confidence and trust in Mr. Hatt’s ability to oversee the operations of GAISF as he has a thorough and intrinsic understanding of the GAISF organisation and its relationship with its Members.” Mr. Hatt will start his interim role effective immediately.
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.
Today we take you to world of Minigolf, a sport enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities. The WMF is the umbrella organisation of Minigolf sports and is a member of GAISF and AIMS. The president of the World Minigolf Federation Mr. Gerhard Zimmerman, is also the General Secretary of AIMS. The core values of WMF are integrity, teamwork, respect, passion and connecting generations. The World Minigolf Federation promotes and supports the Olympic values and under the leadership of Mr. Zimmerman, Minigolf has reached every corner of the world, both as a leisure activity by millions and also as a serious top-level sport. Minigolf is involved in many initiatives, especially safe guarding athletes from harassments and abuse in sports. Today WMF’s video is inspirational and shows us how easy it is to play and have fun at home in these challenging times. Let’s play Minigolf.
Bangkok, Thailand – Over 100 international federations and organizations have come together united to showcase and promote inclusion, equality, non-discrimination and peace. Together they support the United Through Sports (UTS) World Virtual Youth Festival 2020 which is organized by United Through Sports. Amongst the organisations are the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and Special Olympics International (SOI) who have all granted patronage to the event. The UTS World Virtual Youth Festival 2020 is a celebration for and with the youth of the world. There will be five festival competitions: Max Fit, Aero Fit, Talent, IPC Inclusive Sports Challenge and Special Olympics Unified Fitness Challenge. IOC President, Thomas Bach said in a video message: “The IOC is excited that the UTS World Virtual Festival is inviting youth of all abilities and backgrounds from the International sports community and organizations using sport as a tool for a better world.” The IOC not only gave patronage to the event but is playing a very active role in the delivery of this innovative event. The Olympic Channel will be airing the Opening Ceremony and there could be no better day as November 20, United Nations World Children’s Day. The Closing Ceremony will also […]
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 […]
Sport Is Your Gang is an initiative which started many years ago providing safe playgrounds especially for children from challenged backgrounds. The Bangkok Sport Accord Convention 2018 was hailed as one of the most successful, especially with the UN initiative born by AIMS, one of the five IOC and GAISF recognized umbrella bodies. The initiative was called United Through Sports (UTS) and the three day festival, with the participation of over 60 sports and conferences which was given full patronage of the IOC, involved many participants including refugee and disadvantaged youth. Money was raised to give sport equipment and great playground areas. One of the initiatives, still in the aftermath and thanks to the help of UTS, IFMA, Right to Play and the sponsoring of Extreme Entertainment, was the creation of the Bangkok Urban Youth Games. The event is also under the patronage of Khunying Patama, Thailand’s IOC member. The event series will run for 5 months with the final being played on His Majesty’s, The King’s birthday celebration.
Sport is a powerful platform for the empowerment of woman, girls and gender equality. Gender equality, must be a basic human right, and, a fundamental principle of any recognised sport. Over that last years we have all been part in promoting gender equality for all our athletes and within the international federation rightfully more women have taken active roles in the leadership. We must continue to give greater access, and above all opportunity for everybody to be part and participate in sport. United Through Sports is an important vehicle to address these challenges and AIMS, the founder of United Through Sports, is a great example of gender equality having 2 female presidents sitting in the council. Thursday 4th June 2020 4pm we will see some leading women in sports live on Facebook interviewed by UTS CEO Julia Govinden. Let’s be inspired by these outstanding athletes.
April 6th is United Nations’ symbolic day for sport development and peace. We all believe that sport has a unique power. In football, the yellow and the red card as part of the game in order to keep the game fair. On April 6th each year however, the white card is the sign of commitment to peace. AIMS is proud of its long-time partnership with Peace & Sport under the high patronage of his serene highness Prince Albert the second. AIMS believes strongly in the Olympic values and above all in Olympic humanity. We are living in challenging times and today more than ever, with the current pandemic we need to stand together in unity. We must nurture the values of solidarity across the world, stand for equality, inclusion, and continue to foster and promote the positive values of sport. We need to stand together for a better world and a better tomorrow. In normal circumstances, it is the practice of sport which has brought us together physically. Now more than ever, this year’s white card campaign has spread a message of physically distant connectivity throughout the world of sport. The world has come together in solidarity, sharing their […]
The President of Republic of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko has awarded Dmitry Valent with the sports title of Honoured Master of Sport, which marks the outstanding achievement of Belarus muaythai under the leadership of the President of Belarus Muaythai Federation and Commander in Chief of Belarus Army, Yuri Karaev.
The President of the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee (SAOC), HRH Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal, and the President of United Through Sports (UTS), Mr Stephan Fox, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Tuesday, October 6. The MoU, which will run for two years, was signed at the SAOC President’s office at the Prince Faisal bin Fahd Olympic Complex in Riyadh and is a step to contribute to the development of humankind as well as the promotion and development of sport and youth locally and around the world, The MoU also promotes information-sharing, including academic and professional resources and documents, and additional events hosted by both parties. Both parties will jointly establish a working team to carry out the cooperation projects as defined under this MoU. HRH Prince Abdulaziz said: “The memorandum aims to promote and develop an active lifestyle and sports, exchange information, resources and academic and professional documents, participate in various events hosted by the two parties and develop practical relations between them. “The signing of the memorandum comes in the belief of the importance of strengthening cooperation between the two sides in the areas of common interests, developing sports and the youth development movement locally and around the […]