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23 International Federations and one of the five groups that make up the world of sport came together in a joint meeting in Bangkok, hosted by IFMA the world governing body of Muaythai. IFMA General Secretary and President of AIMS Stephan Fox , welcomed all the members of the Olympic family, from the IOC, IWGA, FISU, TAFISA and many others for a day of important presentations. Christian Wassmer Head of Recognised Stakeholder Relations, IOC, kick off the day with an important presentation on the IOC Agenda 2020, the Olympic Channel and the future of AIMS within the IOC Movement. He also presented detailed information on the IOC recognition process. AIMS President Stephan Fox, thanked Mr Wassmer for his presentation and the support of IOC towards the AIMS family. The CEO of the International World Games Association Mr Joachim Gossow was the second speaker. The World Games are an important part of the Olympic movement as many sports in the Olympics come via the World Games and many AIMS members are already member of the IWGA and or included in the World Games. Mr Gossow presented the IWGA structure and a detailed presentation on the 2017 World Games in Wroclaw, Poland […]
Leinster and Irish Rugby International, Sean Cronin, officially launched the inaugural Irish Minigolf Open today at Rainforest Adventure Golf in Dundrum. The Irish Minigolf Open is set to take place on Saturday February 18th and Sunday February 19th in Rainforest Adventure Golf. Sean Cronin and both his Leinster and Irish teammates are regular visitors to Rainforest Adventure Golf, with Irish International Ian Madigan holding the best record on both the “Aztec” and “Mayan” courses in Rainforest Adventure Golf, followed closely by Leinster and Irish International Dominic Ryan. Sean Cronin, ambassador for the Irish Minigolf Open, commented, “This is a fantastic opportunity for people to discover the sport of minigolf and to learn and compete with some of the best in the world. It’s shaping up to be a very exciting weekend and I’m delighted to be part of it. Rainforest Adventure Golf is a fantastic venue to host the very first Irish Minigolf Open, both my teammates and myself love to compete on both courses during our downtime!” This will be Ireland’s first World Minigolf Sport Federation (WMF) event, with the competition set to attract players from across the U.K. and Europe. Rainforest Adventure Golf have also named Make-A-Wish Ireland […]
AIMS would like to congratulate AIMS President, Mr Stephan Fox on his new appointment as SportAccord Vice President! Mr Fox shared a few words: “The unity of the world sporting family is of utmost importance, and we must ensure that all voices are heard. The cooperation of SportAccord, IOC and WADA; the close relationship of both the Olympic and non-Olympic international federations and the sporting organisations must work to benefit the most important asset of all our sports, the youth and the athletes. It is an honour for me to be part of the SportAccord Council, led by our President Patrick Baumann, along with the other seven truly outstanding sport personalities. I will do my part to work under the direction of the President and the council, to do the best for every member and certainly the 23 members of AIMS, who have given me their trust. I have no doubt that the close cooperation with all stakeholders in the recognised world of sport will benefit us all.”
The youth of the world are our future in sports and in life. The 2018 Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires was a perfect event for the AIMS Council to celebrate the Olympic values and enjoy the immense beauty of sport. The International Olympic Committee invited AIMS to be a part of this exceptional event with the inauguration of the first ever Olympism in Action Forum. The forum was well received bringing together the Olympic movement stakeholders and civil society. AIMS can only praise the initiative and the evident power of sport to create positive change not only on the micro, but also on a macro level. The council meeting was held at the IOC Headquarter, the befitting Hilton Hotel in centre of the city where the council was certainly blessed and honoured to have the inspirational late President of GAISF and SportAccord Mr. Patrick Buamann in attendance. IOC Sport Director, Mr. Kit McConnell joined the meeting and welcomed AIMS on behalf of the IOC. Mr. McConnell’s presence expressed clearly the close relationship between the IOC and AIMS, as well as the importance AIMS has as one of the 5 recognised International Federation umbrella organisations. Mr. Philippe Gueisebuhler, head of GAISF Administration […]
The 8th General Secretary of the United Nations was the keynote speaker at the 2019 AIMS General Assembly. Mr. Ban Ki-moon earned the highest respect for his work for peace, justice and human rights and he also chairs the IOC Ethical Commission. Mr. Ban Ki-moon spoke about the unifying power of sport. He spoke about the ability to unite, inclusivity, equality and the power of sport towards social change. He gave grace to the AIMS family for their initiative, United Through Sports, and this year’s United Through Sports Youth Festival as part of the Sport Accord Convention on the Gold Coast. The initiative which started in Bangkok at the convention is a perfect example of what can be accomplished by working together, sharing the same vision for the future and the youth of the world. The initiative, which again is patronized by the IOC, outlines the Olympic values and Olympic humanity and Mr. Ban Ki-moon thanked all the AIMS members council and the UTS team under the leadership of President Stephan Fox and he encouraged everyone to continue this inspiring initiative.
The four presidents of the SportAccord umbrella organisations Mr Gian Franco Kasper (AIOWF), Mr Raffaele Chiulli (ARISF), Mr Francesco Ricci Bitti (ASOIF) and Mr Stephan Fox (AIMS) met in Kuala Lumpur to discuss the continued close cooperation between world recognised sports represented in the 4 groups. AIMS president, and IFMA General Secretary Mr Fox, thanked all the distinguished presidents for this important meeting.
In a special ceremony held in Cheongju, Mr Ban accepted the position to stand as President of the 2019 World Martial Art. The former United Nation Secretary General and current head of the IOC Ethics Commission needs no introduction. The slogan of the 2019 event will be “Beyond the times, bridge the world”. The event is more than just a competition, it is a festival of martial art enthusiasts and athletes combining the various martial arts and culture. The President of the 2019 event will be Mr Chungwon Choue, President of World Taekwondo which also leads the Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation empowering refugees. The President of the Organising Committee and Governor of Cheong Ju, Mr Si-Jong Lee stated that he is “proud to host this event with the full support of the Korean Government and the Olympic Committee of Korea. Many GAISF and IOC recognised combat and martial art sports will participate”. Mr Ban Ki-Moon made an emotional address outlining the unique beauty that each of the participating martial arts have. He also spoke with passion about the many social projects martial arts contribute to society.
Lausanne was the place for the World Combat Games meeting. The event showcasing the spirit of combat sports and martial arts. The meeting was opened by SportAccord chairman and the President of Winter Olympic Federations, AIOWF, Mr. Gian-Franco Kasper. On behalf of SportAccord, AIMS President and SportAccord council member, Stephan Fox, made all the presentations discussing structure, possible host cities and criteria for the next World Combat Games. Important decisions have been made especially the Olympic sports to showcase the non-Olympic disciplines. A possible yearly gala organised by the 16 world recognised martial arts and a draft of a pledg e of cooperation of the 16 IOC and/or SportAccord recognised combat sports grouped together ASIOF, ARISF and AIMS. All 16 sports have voted to continue to work closely together and the next Combat Games meeting is set with major decisions on the agenda at the SportAccord convention 201
AIMS is made up of 23 recognised international sport federations that make up about a quarter within the four recognised umbrella groups that include ASOIF, AIOWF and ARISF. AIMS President Stephan Fox said that this 25% is the minimum of AIMS ISF and sports that should be included in multi sport games. Giving the athletes from all the sports a chance to be included in the various games including both summer and winter, continues to be one of the main priorities of AIMS. Mr Fox stated that a good example of this is the upcoming Asian Beach Games in Danang Vietnam, where 5 out of the 20 selected sports come from the AIMS family. AIMS will continue the drive to popularise each and every member sport in the interest of the athletes, so they can proudly compete at these multi sport games representing their sports, their country and most importantly themselves.
The National Kenyan Minigolf Federation hosted the first African Minigolf Summit in Kisumu from September 16th-18th, 2016 with participants from Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and Tanzania. The Summit was a great success with Statutes of African Minigolf Sport Federation established and an election of a full board. The board will be led by Wycliffe Ngoya (Kenya) as President and Talal Fattal (Ghana) as Secretary General. Participants of the African Minigolf Summit Grass-roots projects for minigolf development and individual adaption for different countries were discussed widely and with great interest. The World Minigolf Federation (WMF), supporting the Olympic movement and importance of social responsibility for a better world, offered its support for national projects and education programs for kids, players, coaches and referees. Social projects for Democratic Republic of the Congo (peace) and Kenya (youth communication center) have been initiated. The first African Minigolf Resort was discussed to be built up on the area of a private school close to Kisumu, where minigolf would be integrated in the official school sport. Alice Kobisch, Minigolf Ambassador and former World Champion, promoted the Minigolf-Kids foundation at the Summit. The Minigolf-Kids foundation was co-founded by her and the current […]
The second round of the Bangkok Urban Tournament took place last weekend with youth teams meeting again to compete in futsal, 3X3 basketball, sepak takraw, badminton and muaythai. The Bangkok Urban Youth Tournament is the continuation of the legacy left in the wake of the SportAccord Convention 2018 in Bangkok where charity, social and sports organisations such as United Through Sports, EXtreme Sports and Right To Play united to launch a multi-sports event to bring kids from different socio-economic backgrounds on to a shared field of play. All hands were on deck with officials and coaches from the Badminton Association of Thailand, International Federation of Muaythai Amateur, Sepak Takraw Association of Thailand, Thailand Basketball Association, Thailand Department of Physical Education and the Amateur Muaythai Association of Thailand volunteering their time to provide the various sports for the youths to partake. IFMA President Dr Sakchye Tapsuwan was representing Thailand, Khun Paisan Rangsikitpho from the Badminton Association of Thailand represented the Chair of the event Khun Ying Patama, Vice President of the World Badminton Federation and IOC Member. GAISF was represented by Vice President Stephan Fox and Right To Play by Asia Director Niamh De Loughry. One of the highlights of the events was the fact that a team […]
There was no sitting or standing space at the Finals of the IFMA Royal World Cup 2015, when the best of the best met to secure their medals, place in the world and an esteemed spot in the 2017 World Games together with the chance to be nominated for highly coveted Royal World Cup trophy.
WINTERTHUR. Every four years the Men’s Fistball world championships take place. This year they are being held in Winterthur, Switzerland. From 11 to 17 August, 18 of the world’s best men’s fistball teams are playing for the coveted World Championship title. The event is also Qualifier for The World Games 2023. Furthermore, IFA will elect a new President and Board of Directors as IFA President Karl Weiss in not running again. New standards on the Schützenwiese The main games are being held in a fistball stadium that has been built within the football stadium Schützenwiese. The stadium has a seating capacity of 7,500. For the semi-finals and finals, the stadium should be a sell out and pre-sales have sold 11,000 tickets. The national teams from Germany, Brazil, Austria and Switzerland are the main contenders for the Gold Medal. The entire field of participants covers five continents and teams from New Zealand, Japan and Argentina will also be playing in Winterthur. All teams want to overthrow top seed Germany With eleven titles won out of the previous 14 World Championships, Germany is the favourite at the upcoming event. The team of national coach Olaf Neuenfeld currently holds all the titles up for […]
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:
It has been officially announced that the IOC Executive Board has recently approved recognition status of the of the Alliance of Independent Recognised Members of Sport (AIMS), subject to the signing of an MoU and some minor amendments to the AIMS Constitution. After the above mentioned requirements are satisfied, AIMS will receive provisional recognition and become an “IOC Recognised Organisation”. IOC President Dr. Thomas Bach sent a personal letter to AIMS President Stephan Fox informing the organisation of the wonderful news. Final amendments to the AIMS Statutes are aimed for completion and ratification at the next AIMS AGM in April during the SportAccord convention, 2016. “On behalf of the AIMS, I would first of all like to convey our deepest gratitude to the President of the IOC for his vision and implementation of Agenda 2020, the IOC Sports Department headed by Kit McConnell for his support and Sarah Van Ballekom for her continued professionalism throughout this process.” said AIMS President Stephan Fox. Congratulations to all the 23 International Member Federations of AIMS.
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 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.
April 19th, 2016 was historical day for sport with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Alliance of Independent Recognised Members of Sport (AIMS) in Lausanne. AIMS was established in 2009 and is composed of IFs that are recognised by AIMS and are members of SportAccord but are not members of ASOIF, AIOWF and ARISF. By granting recognition to AIMS, the IOC acknowledges the role of AIMS and it’s valuable contribution to support the Olympic Movement in the achievement of its missions and goals; in the fields of the development of sport, promotion of sport in support of athletes. AIMS now uses a designation that recognises its relationship with the IOC in compliance with the rules set forth in the guidance provided by the IOC. To mark this milestone and historic move in sport, AIMS has revised it’s official logo, proudly including the 5 colours of the Olympic rings. The colours are universal where at least one appears on every single flag in the world – symbolising unity through Olympism. AIMS is looking forward to a continued close cooperation with the IOC to promote physical and sporting activities to develop society and to provide support […]
WMF is now delighted and excited to be able to inform that we have signed the contract for WC 2019 with the local organizer and China Minigolf Sport Federation (CMF). This means that the Minigolf World Championships will take place for the first time ever outside Europe in 2019. This is a consequent step in the development of WMF to make the game more global. The negotiation process lasted about six months from the day when CMF President Xiaolong He announced that they have found an investor/organizer, who wants to bring the championships to China. The investor / organizer is a real estate company who is building a new hotel and recreational area in Zhouzhuang, the ancient water town of China. This real estate company is a subsidiary of high tech public company Invengo Information Technology Co. Ltd. who plans to bring more intelligent technologies to the minigolf course. They are also the Intelligent Campus Solution provider of Shanghai Disney Park. The negotiations were very smooth and we could reach a result with which all sides are satisfied. Also the regional government is supporting the championships, which is essential in China for the success of such an event. This contract […]
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 […]