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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.
The Olympic run in Thailand was a huge success with over 12,000 participants coming together in the early hours of the 24th of June to do a five or ten kilometre run. IFMA and United Through Sport certainly were there in full force to not only participate but also take the opportunity for important meetings with the President of the NOC of Thailand General Prawit Wongsuwon who is also the Deputy Prime Minister, the Minister of Tourism and Sports Weerasak Kowsurat, the Vice President of the Olympic Committee General Charouk Areeratchakaran and Khunying Patama Leeswadtrakul, Thailand IOC Member and President of Thailand Badmintion National Federation. IFMA General Secretary and GAISF Vice President Stephan Fox lead the IFMA team together with Charissa Tynan the Sport Director. AIMS was represented by Executive Secretary Panida Ottesen, United Through Sport Julia Govinden, FAMA was represented by Azadeh Kamyabi, the European Muaythai Federation by Gleb Kalita and the list goes on. IFMA Sport Director Charissa Tynan stated that it was a great opportunity for a great morning workout but also to remind us of the Olympic values. Julia Govinden from United Through Sport stated that this morning brought together not only all of the representatives […]
An official signing took place with representatives of the Chinese Taipei government and National Olympic Committee to host the 2019 World Combat Games. The contract was signed by representatives of the Chinese Taipei government, Director General of Sports Administration, Ministry of Education Lin Te-Fu and Director of International and Cross-Strait Sports Division Maggie Hsu. The GAISF Council approved the MOU which was then followed by the signing. GAISF President, Mr. Patrick Baumann counter signed together with GAISF Vice President and Chairman of the GAISF Combat Commission, Mr. Stephan Fox. The announcement was made at the GAISF briefing in front of the 92 GAISF member federations. The combat meeting has already been scheduled.
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 […]
2019 Marks the 55th anniversary of Judo as an Olympic sport. It has debuted in 1964 so there could be no better place, one year before the 2020 Olympics, as to celebrate it in Tokyo. Judo is coming home, literally. Judo has become one f the most recognisable sports in the world and the credit must go to the IJF President, Marius Vizer, who has been acknowledged at the gala with the IOC most prestigious trophies, the IOC President’s Trophy. An achievement for the Judo family. It was a night to remember where 6 decades of Olympic champions were honoured. Many VIPs were presented that night, with IOC represented by John Coates, GAISF and SportAccord by Raffaele Chiulli. Congratulations to Judo also on all the social work that Judo family is doing.
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, […]
After the successful AIMS breakfast get together in Wroclaw, Poland. AIMS President, Stephan Fox, invited the world of sport to a gathering during the Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games 2017 in Ashgabat. AIMS President welcomed everyone on behalf of AIMS and the 21 sports but also in his capacity as the General Secretary of IFMA (Muaythai). President Fox made a heartfelt speech on using the unique power of sports to contribute to the society in many positive ways and he thanked some of the guests who have been a great contributor to sports over the years. The first appreciation was given to Mr. Wei Jizhong, the life-time honorary president of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) who have contributed his life to sports, including as a former president of International Volleyball federation. The second presentation as made to Mr. Pere Miro, IOC Deputy General Director also heading the IOC Director for NOC Relations and Olympic Solidarity, which continues to make such a positive impact in the Olympic movement. The 3rd presentation was made to the President of the International Weightlifting Federation and a member of the International Olympic Committee, who has supported sports for so many years and is […]
The 2015 World Cup is taking place in Kemer Antalya TURKEY on October 26-31 2015. The 2015 TURKISH Open Darts Tournament will precede the World Cup starting October 19-26 2015 in Kemer Antalya TURKEY. Both events will take place in Limak Limra Hotel and resort which is located in a popular tourist resort of Antalya. More info for darts around the world at www.dartswdf.com
After two days with beautiful weather and good fistball games in Bozen (ITA) the qualification round was finished Sunday morning. Germany won all the games without losing a set and was qualified directly for the final. Austria and Switzerland were qualified for the semi finals. Italy and the Czech Republic had do play the qualification game for the small final. Italy showed that they wanted to play another game in front of the own fans and won the game without problem in three sets. So the Team of the Czech Republic finished on the 5th place. The semifinal between Austria and Switzerland started with a tight set and better ending for Switzerland. After this the Austrian girls could win the next sets and the game 3:1 and qualified for the final. In the small final Switzerland won the bronze medal against Italy in tree sets, but had to fight hard in the last tight set. The final between Germany as the current World Champion and Austria the defending European Champion promised to be an exciting game. Austria won the first set after a strong effort and good fighting spirit 11 to 8. The second set was a tight one with the […]
The 17th of April was a historical day in the world of sport with the official launch of the United Through Sport (UTS) initiative during the SportAccord Convention 2018 held in Bangkok. The Bangkok Sport Festival and UTS initiative was under the full patronage of the IOC and to show his support, IOC President Dr.Thomas Bach was keynote speaker at the opening conference of the festival. The President made a heartfelt speech congratulating the GAISF Vice President Mr Stephan Fox for his initiative and thanks was also given to United Through Sport CEO Mrs. Julia Govinden. The President outlined the goal of the Olympic movement, with emphasis on the Olympic spirit which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play. He highlighted the importance of the opening ceremony in PyeongChang with the unified Korean team reminding us that sport does not build walls, today more than ever we need the unifying power of sport. There were many welcoming speakers, including the GAISF President Patrick Baumann, President of ASOIF Francesco Ricci-Bitti and President of WADA Sir Craig Reedie. The event was opened by the Minister of Tourism and Sport his excellency Weerasak Kowsurat with many other speakers; […]
Forte Lauderdale has taken centre stage for the first-ever Regional SportAccord and gathering for the Pan American region. The focus of the regional convention is to bring the Pan American, Olympic and Non-Olympic community together in one location. The purpose and value is to bring world recognised International Sports Federations to exchange ideas, share knowledge, views, to learn from one another and to bring more events into the Pan American region. The AIMS family will be present in large numbers to take this important opportunity to promote their own sports, to participate in the conference program where speakers and experts will tackle some of the most relevant topics for the Olympic and Non-Olympic and Pan American Sport movement. Photo source: https://www.porthole.com/fort-lauderdale-off-the-beaten-path/
Yesterday the Men’s World Championship in Argentina started with the opening ceremony in Villa General Belgrano, which included folkloric dances and a Tango performance and the official welcome-speech by Jose Gonzales, president of the organisation committee and Karl Weiss, president of the international fistball association. Directly after the ceremony the opening game was held at the same venue. Around 1000 visitors enjoyed the game between the local team of Argentina against the team from the USA. Argentina won the game i 3 strait sets. The opening ceremony as well as the opening game was broadcasted via live stream to the whole world. Unfortunately the team of India was not able to come to the games. So the schedule for group C had to be changed. Group C will now play a double round against each other on day 2 and day 3. You can find all information about the world championship including the schedules, news, all results and tables as well as the schedule of the live stream in the multi lingual homepage of the world championship: http://faustball2015.com/
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 […]
Minigolf World Championships 2015 started in Lahti, Finland Minigolf World Championships 2015 started on August 19th at Lahti Minigolfkeskus (Lahti Minigolfcenter), Finland. 129 players from 21 countries and all Continents were registered for the event. Together with coaches, team staff and officials almost 200 people gathered in Lahti to take part in the world biggest minigolf event of the year. The competition is held on eternite miniature golf and felt courses. Participating countries: Austria, Czech Republic, China, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Latvia, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, Switzerland, Slovakia, Sweden, Taiwan, USA, Croatia. Two of them – Kenya and New Zealand – participate in the Minigolf World Championships for the first time in the history. The official schedule of the competition is following: On August 14th to 18th – official training days. August 19th to 21st – strokeplay World Championships (team competition ends on 20th of August). August 22nd – matchplay championships among the 32 best male and 16 best women after strokeplay. Official opening ceremony was held on evening, 17th of August, closing and awarding ceremony – on 22nd of August night. Lahti Minigolfcenter organizes 3 international minigolf competitions in 2014-2016: 6.-9.8.2014 Youth (under […]
After a few nominations for the Men’s World Championship this time the Austrians selected first the women’s team for the European championship held in 2 weeks in Bozen (ITA). The team will try to defend the title against the teams from Germany (World Champion 2014), Switzerland, Czech Republic and the home Team from Italy. back (left to right): Ojo Elisabeth, Kempinger Karin, Weigert Tanja, Hieslmair Verena, Lackinger Katharina, Mayer Ines front(left to right): Steininger Nina, Gahleitner Tanja, Zeller Nicole, Peer Elisabeth, Hieslmair Marlene, Marusa Stefanie See the whole News in German here.
AIMS will hold its Working Group meeting and conference from the 11th – 13th August in Bangkok, with an agenda packed with meetings and presentations. The IOC, IWGA, FISU, OCA and many more will be coming to make presentations and all IFs will have a chance to demonstrate their sport to delegates from universities, the Department of Physical Education and other interested parties. There will also be a full cultural program. The full agenda will be published shortly.
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 […]
“Everyone has a spirit that can be refined, a body that can be trained in some manner, a suitable path to follow.” Morihei Ueshiba For the first time, two wheelchairs using Aikido teachers taught together in Aikido clinics in Europe. Lydia Zijdel, the Chairperson of the Disability Working Group of the IAF, from Netherland, and Molly Hale, member of the same working group, from USA, organised a tour where they taught together in Netherland. This event was organised in cooperation with Aikikai Netherland, under the aegis of IAF. Lydia Zijdel (Sandan) started with Erik Louw Shihan, with the assistance of Wilko Vriesman Shihan in Amsterdam, in March 1983. This was only 6 months after a car accident whereby her cervical spine and spinal cord were damaged. Not only learning on the mat the beauty of Aikido, but also realizing its effect on her rehabilitation to sit, to balance her body and becoming more at ease with the physical abilities she had lost. Since then, Lydia became a driving force in Europe for the inclusion of people with a disability within the Aikido and Martial Arts Community. In 2010 she become the IAF Ambassador for Aikido in the Beijing, Combat Games. […]