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Patrick’s Dream Come True We all remember the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires where our late SportAccord/GAISF President and IOC member, Secretary General of the International Basketball Federation and above all, a true visionary and friend of sport, left us far to early. We all have witnessed, the amazing 3×3 Basketball competition at the Tokyo Olympic Games and we all know, as we say, “This was Patrick’s Baby.” – something he was so passionate about for the athletes, for the excitement, for the urban world, a sport for all. His spirit lived on and the world of Basketball and FIBA can be so proud. We have seen the amazing Festival atmosphere at our last Urban Games in Budapest and you could see the Who’s, Who sitting ringside in Tokyo including the First Lady of the United States, the French and Polish Presidents and we all know that 3×3 definitely is here to stay. We remember Patrick’s words, “3×3 from the streets to the Olympics.” Congratulations to all the athletes who have been part of this historical Olympic event.
POWERLIFTING SUPERSTAR 2ND RUNNER-UP Four-times The World Games Champion Larysa Soloviova’s sports career began at the age of six, and in all ten school years she was active in gymnastics, where she reached the level of Master of Sports in the Ukraine. However in 1995 the gymnastics club in her town was closed. “I had to think seriously about what to do next. And I had good luck: next to the gymnastics club there was a gym. I began to visit it to keep fit,” Soloviova says. “After a few training sessions, a Powerlifting coach approached me. He was closely watching my training and suggested that I try my hand at Powerlifting. I thought “why not”, and only two months later, performing at the Ukrainian Nationals I reached the level of Master of Sports in Ukraine, with a bronze medal in overall competitions! I realised that this was exactly the thing I wanted to do in my life,” Soloviova says. In 2005 Larysa Soloviova took part in The World Games for the first time in Duisburg, Germany, and directly won her class. Then she took a gold medal in the 2009, 2013 and 2017 editions of the Games. Besides that, she is a nine-times world champion (IPF), three-times European champion (EPF) and twelve-times champion […]
An important meeting took place between the 3 presidents of the 3 IOC recognised organisations the International World Games Association (IWGA), the Association of IOC Recognised International Sports Federations (ARISF) and AIMS to discuss the continued close cooperation towards common goals and for the most important assets, the athletes. IWGA also signed an important MoU with the IOC and many ARISF and AIMS international sporting federations are also members of IWGA and included in the games. The world of sport looks forward to the upcoming World Games 2017 in Wroclaw, Poland.
The International Paralympic Committee is an important partner of the United Through Sports initiative. Hundreds of youngsters from around the world joined the final competition. They needed to film themselves performing an exercise routine of their choice for 60 seconds maximum. Then they needed to spend 45 seconds to the camera explaining their motivation to participate in the challenge and what world leaders need to do to create a more accessible and inclusive future for all people. IPC President Andrew Parsons was the opening speaker for the Festival and the IPC, and participated in different Panels over the 5-day Conference. Furthermore, the I’mPOSSIBLE workshop held on 19 November saw over 2,000 participants from around the world learning about the Paralympic Movement and the Paralympic values. The Finals of the IPC Inclusive Sports Challenge really took the world by heart when the top 5 athletes in the Under 12 and Under 18 Categories were announced. The gold medal in the Under 12 division went to Harmonie-Rose Allen from the UK who showed us what inclusion and equality is all about. She is an amazing athlete and we are sure that we will hear much more from her in the future. Silver […]
When the postponement of the Olympic Games in Tokyo was announced, Bruce Danberry didn’t think he would be able to continue his passion of volunteering at the Games for the sport he loves, hockey. The business analyst from England is one of the lucky few international Field Cast sports volunteers at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, able to participate in the Games due to his sport-specific experience. Bruce is working at the Oi Hockey Stadium, supporting the work to ensure that the field of play is of optimum condition for the athletes. “I honestly thought when the pandemic brought the postponement that the Tokyo dream was probably over,” says Bruce. Despite the challenges linked to restrictions on travel to Japan, Bruce was determined to make the most of the opportunity to experience being part of an unprecedented Games edition. His dedication to volunteering is even more special as these are his third Games, having volunteered at Rio 2016 and London 2012, all in the sport of hockey. “I decided to volunteer again as it’s a chance to put something back into the sport of hockey that I love and have been involved with all my life,” he explains. “The Olympics […]
First African Minigolf Summit will take place on 16th-18th of September in Kisumu (Kenya). The World Minigolf Sport Federation (WMF) and the African Minigolf Sport Federation (AMSF) have organized the first in minigolf history African Minigolf Summit. Representatives from at least 8 countries (Botswana, South Africa, Ghana, Kenya, Cameroon, Nigeria, Togo, Tanzania) have already confirmed their participation while registration is still open. The challenges of minigolf development in different African countries will be discussed during the historic two-day forum, including organization of the minigolf education programs in Africa, different investment projects on minigolf development in Africa, possible WMF participation in Minigolf-Kids foundation and other social campaigns. It is also planned to elect the AMSF Executive Committee and the AMSF Representatives to the WMF Executive Committee and the WMF Technical Committee. WMF takes this responsibility for social activities according to the spirit of the Olympic movement and considers Africa as a very important continent for minigolf development. There are a lot of minigolf courses in different African countries, but there are also many opportunities to develop minigolf from a ‘street’ level towards a professional sport and Continental Championships in the near future. Wycliffe M. Ngoya (5th from the right) represented Kenya […]
TWENTY-FIVE YOUNG LEADERS HAVE BEEN SELECTED BY THE IOC AS PART OF A FOUR-YEAR PROGRAMME SUPPORTED BY WORLDWIDE OLYMPIC PARTNER PANASONIC. COMING FROM 25 COUNTRIES AND FIVE CONTINENTS, THESE FUTURE LEADERS WILL BUILD SUSTAINABLE, SPORT-FOCUSED SOCIAL BUSINESSES FROM IDEATION TO FRUITION, SUPPORTED BY WEEKLY LEARNING MODULES AND LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES. Today, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced the selection of 25 new IOC Young Leaders who will leverage the power of sport to make a positive difference in their communities. This fifth generation of IOC Young Leaders will benefit from an enhanced version of the programme, which moves from an annual to a four-year model, and will provide the Young Leaders with additional tools and expertise that they will need to become successful social entrepreneurs and make a positive impact through sport. Starting in February, the programme aims to empower the new pool of talents to develop their own social business as a localised sport-based solution to a pressing challenge in their respective communities. The participants will receive a total of CHF10,000 seed-funding over the four years, and will be supported by weekly learning modules and leadership opportunities. As ambassadors of Olympism, the IOC Young Leaders will also play active roles […]
GAISF PRESIDENT MARKS 200 DAYS TO GO TO TOKYO 2020, LOOKS AHEAD TO A SUMMER OF GLOBAL SPORT The global sports community and athletes across the globe today mark 200 days to go to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Thanks to the world’s scientists and medical experts, we begin 2021 with fresh optimism as we look forward to a festival of sport that is set to be a global celebration of humanity. In 2021, the best athletes of the world are set to take the stage at the Olympic and Paralympic Games and at the FISU World University Games. Between them, they will be counted in the tens of thousands, across dozens of sports. It is a daunting task, but one that we at GAISF will do all we can to help our Members make a successful contribution. 2020 presented a huge challenge for global sport. But the community’s resilience and positive reaction to adversity has no doubt allowed us to emerge stronger than ever. Indeed, this unshakeable determination and passion will continue to inspire the efforts in Japan during the coming 200 days to Tokyo 2020. GAISF extends its best wishes to the IOC, to the organising committee and […]
AIMS President followed an invitation by the Ju-Jitsu International Federation to visit the Ju-Jutsu Gand Prix held in Bangkok, Thailand. JJIF Director-General, Joachim Thumfart, welcomed the President and gave him a full tour through the venue. The AIMS President was not only impressed with the quality of the competition but also the number of participants and the inclusion of the social projects as part of the event. A special ceremony took place in which competition uniforms were being donated towards JJIF social projects and United Through Sports initiative. The AIMS President stated that Ju-Jitsu is an important member of the GAISF and AIMS family and the growth of the sport around the world speaks for itself.
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 […]
His Royal Highness Prince HRH Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Faisal President of the Saudi Olympic Committee chaired this year’s edition of the Olympic Conference for the G20 countries, which was organised in partnership with the secretariat of G20 and the Saudi Olympic Committee. The theme of the important conference, which was held on the sidelines of the G20 was The Olympic Movement During and After the Covd19 pandemic. IOC President Thomas Bach congratulated the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for once again prioritising the importance of using the power of sport to change lives for better. His Royal Highness Prince Abdulaziz stated that now more than ever the world needs sports to reconnect, recover and sustain. AIMS and United Through Sports President Stephan Fox stated that we are living in a time where it is vital to strive for solidarity and unity and must promote inclusion, equality and nondiscrimination. These are the key themes of the United Through Sports World Virtual Youth Festival for the youth of all abilities under the patronage of IOC, SOI and IPC. President Fox thanked the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for their commitment to sport and the youth. There were many more speakers from organisations […]
The 129th IOC Session in Rio saw a number of important decisions made in the world of sport, including the inclusion of the 5 SportAccord members to the sports programme for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Additionally, the newly appointed SportAccord Council who were in attendance at the sessions took the opportunity to not only congratulate the new sports on the successful votes, but also to get reacquainted with each other for the upcoming year in SportAccord.
HOW CAN WE ALL #TURNITAROUND? Last weekend the 5th SDG Global Festival of Action, supported by the UN SDG Action Campaign, took place. This time it was held virtually due to the pandemic. The festival tried to find new ways to exchange knowledge, increase mutual understanding, develop solutions, and connect key partners and organizations to take action toward the Social Development Goals (SDGs). The 2-day festival provided a dynamic and interactive platform where delegates can see the latest innovations, new ideas, tools and approaches to the SDG implementation. UTS was in attendance for several of the exceptional sessions taking home key messages and many thought-provoking concepts. The event incorporated 1 main stage, a Japan stage, 4 interactive spaces, 300 speakers from 80+ countries, 4 networking zones, 28 workshops, 20 exhibits, 10 performances, with the slogan: “Let’s #turnitaround, For People and the Planet.” During the festival delegates could connect with international leaders, changemakers, activists, the private sector and more. The event attracted more than 10K from 180+ countries and is here to encourage and inspire decision-makers, corporate companies, government, UN leaders, media, social entrepreneurs and activists. The 4 different themes were discussed: Climate Action, Gender Equality, Inclusive Systems & Finance and Poverty & […]
The AIMS logo consists of a handshake signifying the cooperation, friendship, respect and fair play of all sports, to use the power and benefits of sport for the good of society. A special meeting took place between the 23 AIMS federations and the IOC to establish official cooperation between the IOC and AIMS where a special present was given to the IOC Present, Dr. Thomas Bach – the official AIMS jacket for the chilly winter days ahead and a token of appreciation by AIMS for his vision in sport. The jacket was presented to IOC Director General, Christophe de Kepper, and IOC Sports Director, Kit McConnell.
By Sir Andy Murray, two-time Olympic champion in tennis On the occasion of International Women’s Day, and just a few days after the IOC made landmark decisions demonstrating that gender equality is a reality at the Olympic Games, British tennis star and two-time Olympic champion Andy Murray shares his views on the role that women, including his former coach Amélie Mauresmo, have played throughout his career, and the barriers that still need to be overcome. When my brother Jamie and I were growing up, we lived very close to the local tennis courts in Dunblane (Scotland). Given my mum played tennis to a reasonable standard and was also a coach, it was inevitable we would end up playing. My mum has great energy and has been a workaholic ever since we were young, often getting up at 4 a.m. to start her day. She’s a role model for me through her determination, work ethic and drive to do what she wants to do. Even now, she’s still travelling everywhere and teaching on the court, trying to bring tennis to the masses and give kids, girls and female coaches an opportunity. I was coached by my mum from a young age and have […]
GAISF and several International Sports Federations (IFs) have pledged their commitment to the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations’ (UNAOC) One Humanity campaign, which calls for solidarity, compassion and unity in the face of discrimination and divisiveness. The leading United Nations’ initiative to advance understanding, cooperation and dialogue among nations and peoples across all cultures, the UNAOC has recognised the ability of sport to further its call for promoting diversity and positive social change. Through the One Humanity campaign in particular, sport, together with the Alliance, will promote diversity as an advantage rather than a threat. Following GAISF’s announcement of support for the One Humanity campaign last week, several IFs have already expressed their commitment to the cause, including the International Ski Federation (FIS), the International Judo Federation (IJF), the International Federation of American Football (IFAF) and the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS). In addition, several GAISF Observers have also pledged their support for the campaign, including the International Jump Rope Union (IJRU), the International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) and the World Dodgeball Association. The campaign will see these sports champion One Humanity by demonstrating their commitment to peaceful and inclusive societies through a range of initiatives. In addition, these […]
The annual AIMS General Assembly was held virtually for the first time in the history due to the current Covid-19 pandemic. AIMS President, Stephan Fox welcomed all AIMS members, observers, former AIMS members and former AIMS Presidents. He especially thanked the AIMS Council for all their work and support, the General Secretary and the head of administration for working tirelessly during this challenging time of the pandemic. He also thanked especially, the IOC for all their support and for giving full recognition to AIMS to become the 5th IOC recognised umbrella organisation. President Fox, on behalf of AIMS thank the IOC President, Mr. Thomas Bach for his support and the IOC Sport Department for all their guidance. The IOC President, Mr. Thomas Bach delivered the welcome message to the AIMS family, outlining again the strong relationship between AIMS and the IOC and the cooperation over the years. He further thanked AIMS for their innovative initiative of the UTS World Virtual Youth Festival in which the IOC has been actively involved and given patronage. The AIMS family again thank the IOC and stands proud as an IOC recognised organisation. President Fox then thanked GAISF and SportAccord President Mr. Raffaele Chiulli for […]
The beautiful city of Amman and the Jordan Olympic Committee were honoured with the rights to host the 2nd leg of boxing’s “Road to Tokyo” series, the Asian-Oceania qualifying event. The best boxers of Asia and Oceania convened in Amman to compete to qualify in the 13 weight categories to book their tickets, and 63 proud athletes made it. HRH Prince Feisal, the President of the Jordanian Olympic Committee invited AIMS President, Stephan Fox, to be part of this event and the AIMS President congratulated His Highness and the Jordan Olympic Committee for the execution and quality of the world-class event. Athletes from 35 counties competed and 14 of them finished on the podium, China finishing on top, followed by Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. India and Kazakhstan won the highest number of quota spots and Jordan made history claiming a record number of 5 Olympic births and also winning their first-ever Asian gold medal in the men’s welter division. Congratulations must go to all athletes and to organisers. Mr. Fox was welcomed by the Chairman of the IOC Boxing Task Force and IOC member, Mr. Morinari Watanabe; Mr. Fox commended Mr. Watanabe for his outstanding work. Mr. Fox praised all involved […]
The GAISF Council met today at the new WBSC headquarters in Pully, Switzerland to discuss an array of topics including GAISF’s work to support its Members in key areas such as good governance, social inclusion and strengthening sport during the pandemic. Preparations for the forthcoming GAISF General Assembly and IF Forum, scheduled for early November, also provided an important focal point for the discussions. In particular, a new World Health Organisation project supported by GAISF and the International Olympic Committee was approved. Through this project, a risk assessment tool will be shared with IFs to further facilitate the safe hosting of competitions. Feedback on the successful mitigation of COVID-19 risks will be included in a database that will help further develop WHO’s guidance on hosting events during the pandemic. In addition, the Association of Paralympic Sports Organisations and World Transplant Games Federation will both be proposed at the upcoming GAISF General Assembly to become Associate Members. Both organisations strive to make sport accessible for all by harnessing its power to promote social inclusion. The International Federation of Teqball’s application was unanimously approved by the council for full membership and will be put forward at the next General Assembly. The Council […]