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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today officially opened Olympic House – one of the most sustainable buildings in the world. The inauguration was the highlight of the very emblematic and emotional celebrations to mark the 125th anniversary of the IOC, which was founded on 23 June 1894 by Pierre de Coubertin. The ceremony was attended by 700 guests, including the AIMS President representing the AIMS family, Mr Stephan Fox, President of the Swiss Confederation, Ueli Maurer; the IOC Members; the Presidents of the 206 National Olympic Committees and the International Sports Federations; and more than 30 Olympic medallists who, together with the Olympic medallists amongst the IOC Members, have won more than 125 medals at the Olympic Games. For the traditional ribbon-cutting at the foot of the iconic unity staircase of Olympic House, IOC President Bach was joined by President Ueli Maurer, the IOC Executive Board members, the President of the Vaud Council of State, Nuria Gorrite; Council of State members Pascal Broulis and Philippe Leuba; the Mayor of Lausanne, Grégoire Junod; and a number of Olympic medallists. Designed to reflect the IOC’s overarching mission to make the world a better place through sport and the reforms of Olympic Agenda […]
AIMS election took place after at the AIMS General Assembly in Bangkok and the following positions have been filled by the AIMS members: Vice-president Panagiotis Theodoropoulos General Secretary Gerhard Zimmermann Directors Robert Keller Mike Haslam Julie Gabriel Michal Buchel Karl Weiss Honorary member Espen Lund The AIMS family is looking forward for a close cooperation with ASOIF, AIOWF, ARISF, the IOC and all Olympic recognised stakeholders in sport.
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 […]
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 […]
The 2017 WDF Europe Cup Youth will take place July 12 to 15 2017 in Malmo Sweden
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
The World Games 2017 opened with a spectacular star-studded Opening Ceremony. IOC President Dr. Thomas Bach was present as the 10th edition of the Games got underway and was joined on stage by International World Games Association President José Perurena and the Mayor of Wrocław, Rafał Dutkiewicz, with AIMS President, Stephan Fox, Vice President Panagiotis Theodoropoulos, General Secretary Gerhard Zimmermann and Council Member Karl Weiss and Robert Keller also in attendance. Artists performing at the Ceremony, attended by around 40000 people organisers claimed, included Dawid Kwiatkowski, dubbed the “Polish Justin Bieber”, Radzimir Dębski, Kamil Bednarek and Steve Nash alongside the Turntable Orchestra. IOC President Dr. Bach addressed over 3,000 athletes from over 100 countries, encouraging them to “give it your best and always remember to compete in the spirit of Excellence, Respect and Fair Play”. The stadium and especially the athletes gave this a standing ovation. IWGA President Jose Perurena stated “Even if you don’t win a medal, you will have memorable experiences to look back on,” the Spaniard told them. The World Games features 3250 athletes from 111 nations across the world, who will over the next ten days compete in 31 different sports (27 official sports and four […]
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.
The SportAccord Convention 2018 edition took a fresh direction with the incorporation of activities that included a United Through Sports Art workshop led by Valentina Jarrett. With her warm spirit, the engaging Mrs. Jarrett volunteered to teach and inspire a group of displaced children from the Tak province (Mae la, Umpiem and Nu Po camps) to create art depicting sports using recycled materials to create beautiful pieces. Aside from being a part of the United Through Sports opening ceremony, the displaced youth participated in the Bangkok Sports Festival including; 3×3 basketball, street football and sepaktakraw. They also enjoyed other activities and workshops with Peace and Sport Olympic champion medal winner Pascal Gentil, French football legend Christian Karembeu and NBA basketball superstar Bismack Biyombo. During the unique afternoon event, the children expressed their freedom of creativity by using the logos of the 64 International Federations and the result was contemporary art illustrating sports of the participating IF’s. Assisting the afternoon events were translators from the organization Right To Play where the atmosphere was one of laughter, education about the principles of art and an exchange of ideas. The workshop came to a close over snacks and group photographs, with appreciation and thanks given […]
Patrick Baumann, the new SportAccord President had the opportunity of meeting all the representatives of the 23 international sports federations grouped together under the IOC recognized AIMS group. Mr Baumann outlined the importance of the cooperation between all stakeholders and recognized sports regardless of their inclusion in the Olympic Programme or if they are striving for inclusion or recognition. AIMS is one of the 5 groups in the SportAccord family and will continue the cooperation with all sports, SportAccord and the IOC for the overall development of sport and the athletes. AIMS President, Stephan Fox stated that he is looking forward to a fruitful cooperation with the SportAccord president.
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 […]
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 […]
FAIRPLAY is one of the five pillars in Muaythai and the mantra in muaythai is “to rather lose in honour than win in dishonesty.”
During the recent PanAm Games there emerged a new name in the US National Team: Todd Strassberger (32), the only “Rookie” on the US team. If a new name comes out of nowhere, the press team of the IFA becomes interested to look it up on the internet and we Googled “Todd Strassberger”. We were flabbergasted when many reports and videos of Todd Strassberger appeared. We found huge numbers of listings in Volleyball databases and ranking lists. There is talk of beach volleyball pro and prizemoney – reasons enough for us to conduct an Interview with Todd. Todd, who are you? I am regular guy just trying my hardest to have fun, enjoy life and be the best person I can be in all aspects of my life. When it comes to sports I try to be the best athlete when I get the opportunity to play, and give full support to my teammates while on and off the field with them. How did you come to fistball? I came into fistball after my best friend Mat Ogin introduced me to the game and told me he was going to Austria and Switzerland for the 2011 World Championship. I watched […]
The first official press conference of the 16th WMF Minigolf World Championships took place on Saturday, July 13th in Kunshan, China. The championships will be held near Kunshan in the ancient water town Zhouzhuang on October 18th – 27th. WMF President Dr. Gerhard Zimmermann represented WMF in the press conference and was one of the three speakers. In his speech, Zimmermann thanked the local organizer Kunshan Invengo Network Industrial Park Co., Ltd. for their cooperation and huge efforts for the minigolf sport, referred to big development possibilities for minigolf sport as an acknowledged official sport in China. He also described the current strategies of World Minigolf Sport Federation to support the national minigolf development in China by combining sport, education, media and business. A lot of media representatives and government officials were present at the conference and Chinese media has already published a lot of news from the press conference.
Bischofshofen, Austria – The best youth minigolfers in the World return to Bischofshofen for the 2016 WMF Minigolf Youth World Championships – one of the main worldwide minigolf events of the year. The players got a preview of the courses during the U23 WMF Minigolf Nations Cup held in May and now they will start putting again on August 10. Nine countries will be represented by the 74 participants registered to play at both the concrete and miniaturegolf 18-hole courses. Participants must be 19 years old or younger to compete in this tournament. The Germans are sending one of the largest contingents as they look to repeat their domination in the Under 23 tournament where they had top honors in the male, female and team categories. Italy returns to the Youth World Championships for the first time since 2011 and look to have their name in the running. Four rounds of competition are scheduled for the first day, alternating between the two courses, and the team competition will wrap up on August 11 with four more rounds. On August 12 the individual stroke play championships will conclude and set the table for the top males and females to finish the […]
Olympic Day is more than just a sports event, it is about participating in sport as a way of life, learning and understanding the Olympic values and enjoying the many sports there are. Many events take place around the world and AIMS member federations participate in various forms. The AIMS leadership came together in Lausanne, President Stephan Fox, General Secretary Gerhard Zimmermann and Council Member Michal Buchel, all enjoyed the Olympic Day at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne organized by the IOC and opened by the IOC president, Dr. Thomas Bach. The AIMS President Mr. Fox also took time out to visit the many fun activities, including the volleyball games in which IOC and GAISF/SportAccord teams participated. AIMS General Secretary Mr. Zimmermann summed it up – “a truly memorable day and a great atmosphere which motivates us to continue in the Olympic Values” Cover photo: KEYSTONE/ VALENTIN FLAURAUD
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!“
The Federation Internationale de Savate holds its world championships in Assaut and Combat in alternating years. This year being a Combat year, many Assaut fighters took the opportunity to gather in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, for an open event. The Bulgaria Open Mondial is always fun. Participants include athletes who are regular members of their national squad, along with others who are keen club level competitors. The participants stay in a nice hotel, next to an aqua park. Before the Open, everyone can participate in seminars to improve their skills. For the Open, the sports centre in Plovdiv saw athletes from across the globe. Over one hundred and twenty fighters from 25 countries enter the ring, including athletes from many European countries, Canada, Japan, India and the Seychelles. Officials were numerous and friendly. The technical level of the fights was very good, with a great atmosphere and fair play. Bulgarian television made a film about our sport and many photographers captured all the good, hard and funny moments, which you can find on Facebook. The results : Best senior technicians: SURREL Sarah and NWAMERUE Duk Best veteran technicians: MURRAY Rebecca and Alexander PUJOL Best team: Canada Best fighter: Pinder Shannon, Canada