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Dear Sport Colleagues and Friends, I trust each and everyone is in good health and a safe environment. As is customary, we should have all come together in Lausanne for the 2020 SportAccord, which was moved from the original location in Beijing, China. I would like to give a special thanks to our friends from BODA and Beijing LOC where we had planned a spectacular Sports Festival involving youth from over 60 sports. Certainly, the health and well-being of everybody is at the centre of all our thoughts during these uncertain times. We may not be able to meet in person, but we face an unprecedented time where the world of sport, the Olympic family stand in solidarity with the Olympic values of unity, solidarity, respect and non-discrimination symbolising the unifying power of sports. Through social media platforms we are more connected than ever before and with reflection of our past events, we created a newsletter. This newsletter reminds us all of the positivity and solidarity we have shared, created, contributed and participated towards over the last few years. We would like to thank each and everybody who has contributed and supported the vision and mission to create smiles, give hope and provide […]
FIBA Secretary General Patrick Baumann has been elected President of SportAccord after overcoming the President of World Underwater Federation Anna Arzhanova at the SportAccord General Assembly. Patrick Baumann is an IOC member and International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Secretary General was elected the new SportAccord president today at the SportAccord Convention in Lausanne. Mr. Baumann said that he acknowledges his challenge and will be “trying to build an atmosphere which can bring us all together.” He says SportAccord can serve as “the voice of sport.” AIMS is looking forward to a close cooperation with the new President and will continue to play an important part within the recognised world of sport.
A meeting took place for sport federations that have enquired for membership into GAISF (SportAccord) and potential applicants. 48 international sport federations were invited and it was held to provide introduction and practice guidance for international federations and other sport organisations considering applying for membership or associate membership. The day was developed in cooperation with the International Olympic Committee and the GAISF Membership Commission, chaired by Antonio Espinos, President of the World Karate Federation and co-chaired by the two SportAccord Vice Presidents, Raffaele Chiulli, President of ARISF and Stephan Fox, President of AIMS. GAISF President, Patrick Baumann opened the day stating that “sport never stands still”, and that “sport continues to evolve to reflect our changing world”. GAISF currently represents 109 ISFs and other sporting bodies, of which 21 are members of AIMS. The IOC Sports Dept. was represented by Jenny Mann, who praised the cooperation between GAISF and the IOC on the entry level towards further recognition towards AIMS, and then IOC recognised ARISF and the Olympic Programme in ASOIF and AIOWF. Antonio Espinos made it clear that applicants will go through a strict process with rivalry to any existing member as the starting point. The second day featured […]
“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. […]
It’s just 10 weeks to go til the 3rd Summer Youth Olympic Games starts in Buenos Aires, where more than 3,500 athletes between the ages of 15 and 18 will compete on the world stage. The lighting of the Youth Olympic flame on 24 July at the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens, Greece, will mark the start of a 60-day torch tour, culminating in the official Opening Ceremony on 6 October at the Obelisk in Buenos Aires. Tune in for the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic flame lighting ceremony LIVE! Click here to watch now
Today we take you back to the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness where, President Rafael Santonja, only a while ago has shown us that age is defiantly only a number and how you can turn basically any house hold item into exercise equipment. He also showcased to us the benefits of a Bodybuilding and Fitness lifestyle for our overall health. Today, IFBB takes us into a couple’s workout. While some may say that the pandemic and quarantine have put strains on their relationships but exercising together at home, can keep the relationships happy and healthy, as we see in this amazing workout. So, team up with your other half or your children and do a joint workout and then curl up together and watch some tv. Let’s, continue to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle under these tough lockdown conditions and keep aligned with a healthy diet. Thank you to this perfect example of staying healthy and fit at home.
It was a special honour for two SportAccord and AIMS International Sporting Federations, the International Sepaktakraw Federation and the International Federation Muaythai Amateur, meeting SportAccord President, Mr Patrick Baumann. The meeting happened as part of Mr. Baumann’s visit to Bangkok with the AIMS President, where he also met with IFMA President Dr Sakchye Tapsuwan and IFMA Sport Director Mrs Charissa Tynan, ISTAF Secretary General Mr Boonchai Lorpiphat, and ISTAF Asia Secretary General Mr Fariq Halim where they discussed sports development, Sport Accord and the vision of the new president. A special dinner was hosted by Dr Tapsuwan to congratulate Mr. Baumann and to enjoy each other’s friendship and company.
The weekend of 30th and 31st May 2020 was a monumental occasion that saw IFMP conduct its flagship event in a virtual manner, responding to the global pandemic we all currently find ourselves in. 12 nations geared up for this world championship event, in a unique format since everyone was playing from the safety and comfort of their own homes. Following on from the European and Asian continental championships last year in Kyiv and Taipei respectively, we saw our 12 participants emerge. Current Nations Cup holders Ukraine, European Nations Cup winners Spain, Asian Nations Cup winners India were all joined by Germany, Ireland, Belarus, Poland, Lithuania, Australia, Singapore, Taiwan and Korea. While trying to replicate the live format as much as possible, and adding a social element, IFMP partnered with Cisco to use their Webex video conferencing platform for the Nations Cup. Every player was online on Webex, connected to each of their table opponents, while simultaneously playing Match Poker on their smartphone, tablet or PC. Each team was provided with their own private meeting room where they could conduct their team meetings and discuss strategy between sessions. PokerNews came onboard as the official media partner of the event, providing […]
The Royal Thai Government, the Institute of Physical Education, came together for a day of sport, hosting the 23 AIMS sports to have a unique chance to introduce themselves to the sport universities, the Department of Physical Education and other stakeholders in Thai sport. AIMS President Stephan Fox stated that this gathering is vital to exchange sports, as some are stronger in certain regions while others have no presence at all in certain regions. It is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the sports, awaken interest and work together with higher sporting authorities. The representatives from the IOC, IWGA, FISU and TAFISA applauded the initiatives that will now continue in different regions around the world. AIMS Executive board member, Michal Buchel from FIAS, summed it up “Sport has a unique power, the unity in sport is important for the overall development of each of our sports.”
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.
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
FAIRPLAY is one of the five pillars in Muaythai and the mantra in muaythai is “to rather lose in honour than win in dishonesty.”
The Youth Giving us Hope and More Reasons to Smile Over the last 4 weeks, IFMA started a unifying initiative, #MuaythaiConnects, to bring the IFMA Youth even closer together in line with IFMA’s policy to do our best to contribute towards the best possible future for our youth and as such, to listen, guide and continue to nurture our youth towards their future. We believe that Muaythai and certainly, sport in general plays an important part for social cohesion and community building. We must combine sporting, cultural and educational exchange and there is no doubt, no better avenue than to be inspired by our youth. We have received hundreds of posts where our mission was to bring these components together and the impact has been remarkable! We can be proud of our children, of our youth and they inspire us even more to ensure our unified effort towards a better tomorrow post-pandemic. Today we will share with you one of our truly outstanding talents, 6 year old, Bassam Murthasa, a Muaythai practitioner from Sri Lanka. Today he invites us to his country to talk about Covid-19 and why we must take […]
It was a truly auspicious night at the IOC 2016 Awards Women in Sport, honouring outstanding individuals in their contribution towards women in sports. The Awards were introduced in 2000 to recognise the outstanding achievements and contributions of those who promote gender equality in sport. For the first time in history, the IOC gave it’s top award the IOC Women and Sport World Trophy to a man – Ethiopian journalist Dagim Zinabu Tekle who founded the Lisan Women’s Sport Radio Programme, dedicated to inspiring women and girls to be more active in sport and to pursue their goals and dreams. Tekle said in an IOC statement Monday. “I created this show because I realized that in Ethiopia, women have no voice, and they are not heard.” The five continental awards were: Africa – Felicite Rwemarika (Rwanda); Americas – Carole Oglesby (United States); Asia – Maria Leonor Estampador (Philippines); Europe – Majken Gilmartin (Denmark); Oceania – Moya Dodd (Australia). AIMS President, Mr Fox along was among the sport dignitaries that attended the event to honour the outstanding men and women. It was a night of inspiration and well deserved appreciation. Read more about the awards night on the official press release – IOC AWARDS 2016 WOMEN AND SPORT TROPHIES
Fistball is a very popular sport governed by the International Fistball Association (IFA) with national federations in around 60 countries. IFA is a member of GAISF, AIMS, IWGA and a full medal sport in The World Games. Bangkok hosted the 2018 Sport Accord Convention and history was made with the Bangkok Sport Festival under patronage of the IOC. IFA saw this as a great opportunity to set the roots for a national federation and sent one of their most outstanding female athletes, Ines Mayer, to Thailand and Rangsit University took the initiative to support, establish the sport in their own university and promote it through other universities in Thailand. Ines, then established programs in this university and organized its first Fistball tournament and since then has established the sport in the Kingdom of Thailand. Rangsit University organized a coaches workshop hosted in the beautiful compound of the university and Ines was again invited to coach and further promote the sport. AIMS President Stephan Fox was the keynote speaker at this event and he thanked first of all, Rangsit University for their efforts to promote new sports in Thailand, Ines for her outstanding Pioneer work and IFA as an AIMS member […]
Aim President, Stephan Fox, was the guest of honour and keynote speaker at the 2019 sepaktakraw conference with delegates from over 40 countries. Sepaktakraw General Secretary, Mr Abdul Halim Kader, welcomed the AIMS President and gave a full report to the delegates and the President on all recent developments of sepaktakraw as one of the founding members of AIMS. The AIMS President also had a chance to mingle and meet sepaktakraw athletes from around the world. The AIMS President spoke about how the sport is the universal element in cultures and how AIMS will continue to promote Olympism based on culture and sport. Mr Fox emphasised on sports and human rights and that every individual must have the possibility to practise sport and this must be done without any discrimination and that sport is one of the best ambassadors to promote human rights and the inclusion of all. The President presented special plaques to sepaktakraw leadership, the Vice President, Mr Boonchai Lohrpipat, and the General Secretary, Mr Abdul Halim Kader. The General Secretary thanked the AIMS President and stated that ISTAF will continue to be a valuable member of the Olympic and AIMS family.
During their visit to Pristina, Kosovo for the 2016 World Adventure Golf Masters competition, the WMF-President Dr. Gerhard Zimmermann and the EMF-President Mr. Victor Condeco were invited for a meeting with the President of the National Olympic Committee of Kosovo Mr. Besim Hasani at the country’s House of Sports. Mr. Hasani was very grateful that this important international event had been awarded to Kosovo. He was pleased that 15 nations from across the globe – ranging from New Zealand to the United States of America – had traveled to Kosovo to take part in the championship. Dr Zimmermann said “During our meeting we received the complete picture and full understanding about the political and sports development of Kosovo during the last decade. The ability of sport to unite and connect people from different backgrounds and nations is wonderful to see, and Kosovo’s efforts in worldwide sport are an excellent example of this.” Last year the IOC-President Dr. Thomas Bach visited Kosovo to award IOC-recognition to the National Olympic Committee of Kosovo. Therefore Mr. Hasani understands what it means to fight for IOC recognition, which is something the WMF is doing in 2016. Mr. Hasani and Dr. Zimmermann will meet each […]
The AIMS family would like to wish everyone happy holidays and a great start to the New Year.
Muaythai is a martial art and combat sport with over 1,000 years of tradition, but December 6th 2016 will shape the next 1,000 years, as muaythai was granted provisional recognition by the IOC Executive Board. In an official letter to IFMA President Dr. Sakchye Tapsuwan, the IOC congratulated IFMA “on its achievements in the development of the federation and the sport…” IFMA President Dr Tapsuwan was overjoyed by the news which was the culmination of the work over many years by the IFMA to foster, develop and promote the Olympic values through the five pillars of muaythai: Honour, Respect, Fair Play, Tradition, and Excellence IFMA Sport Director Charissa Tynan stated “We lodged our intent to apply for the IOC recognition on April 3rd 2012 at a special gala event, handing over the letter of intent to IOC member CK Wu and former SportAccord President Hein Verbruggen along with our application to be included into the International World Games Association (IWGA) which was handed over to IWGA former President Ron Froelich. We received recognition by the IWGA in 2013 and in 2014 were official included as an official medal sport in the World Games. That was already a glorious moment for IFMA and […]