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A meeting took place in Bangkok between the President Stephan Fox and Vice President Panagiotis Theodoropoulos to discuss current AIMS activities and discussions on the upcoming SportAccord Convention in Bangkok and also involvement in social responsibility projects. The meeting was also attended by JJIF Sport Director Joachim Thumfart and Maïa Amro, from the UNESCO Asia Pacific task force.
The next team for the Men’s World Championships in Argentina was announced: The United States of America selected their 10 player squad. The team is made up of select individuals from three regions across the country – greater areas of Milwaukee, Newark and Philadelphia. The squad:Front Row (L to R): Eric Kindler, Mat Henrichs, Steve Kucera, Aaron Weninger, Keith Schweda Back Row (L to R): Coach Ron Jesswein, Kris Graham, Pat White, Mat Ogin, Jack Stern Not Pictured: Matt Ayling and Todd Strassberger See the whole article in English here.
An important sport forum took place in Romania, organised by the Romanian Sports Institute. The event took place in one of the most historical but also most beautiful places, in Bucharest at the palace of parliament. Many speakers participated in this 3 day forum, including the IOC Member of Romania, President of Romanian NOC, Mr Mihai Covaliu, President of ARISF, Mr. Rafaelle Chiulli, CEO of FISU, President of R Sports to name a few. AIMS President, Stephan Fox, was one of the keynote speakers on the power of sports talking about the Olympic spirit of mutual understanding, the spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play. The AIMS President highlighted the fact that it’s not about the Olympic or non-Olympic sports but it is about “sports”. Regardless where we are in the recognised sporting pyramid that we must work as one to use the power of sport for good. We must promote sport for social change, work united against any kind of discrimination, gender equality, inclusion, youth development, education and peace building.
The 23 recognised world sports will be gathering again in Lausanne, the Olympic Capital for the 2015 SportAccord IF Forum. There will be various important meetings including the AIMS Executive Board meeting and the Assembly at which the representatives of the 23 sports will gather to make important decisions for the overall development of sport. AIMS is one of the 5 umbrella groups in SportAccord along with, ARISF, ASOIF, AIOWF and the Associate Members; and cooperation and networking for the overall development of sport is important.
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 […]
On the 12th on August, AIMS President and General Secretary were invited to attend an exclusive event in Rio de Janeiro, hosted by UN-Habitat and Nexus Brazil, to speak on the topic of Youth and Sustainable Development Goals during their time in Rio as part of the Olympic Games. The AIMS President spoke on using the power of sport to create a positive change. Gifts were presented by the General Secretary of AIMS, Gerhard Zimmermann to the hosts of the event, Ms Isabela Perez, a member of Nexus and philanthropist and organiser Ms Dana Podmolikova Youth & Urban Sports Specialist from UN-Habitat. AIMS will continue to collaborate and cooperate with it’s partners and other bodies to advocate the power of sport for the betterment of society.
The 15 IOC and or GAISF recognised Combat Sports met in Bangkok under the leadership of chairman Stephan Fox who is also GAISF Vice-President. The meeting was shared by IOC Executive Member, Nenad Lalovic, who is also the President of United World Wrestling. Many topics were discussed in regards to establishing a working group towards the World Combat Games. Also discussions took place in order to do a martial arts and combat forum. Mr Stanislas Frossard, EPAS Executive Secretary, did an extensive presentation on behalf of the European Council. The GAISF combat commission has become a strong group within the world recognised family and 6 out of the 15 members will be part of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
The Team for Cordoba After a week long training camp as preparation for the Men World Championship in Cordoba (Argentina) the Team coach Winfried Kronsteiner announced the 10 playsers to represent Austria in this year. After the final tournament in June the squad was already reduced from 17 players to 14 players and now it was the point of nominate the final world championship squad. Unfortunately three players had to drop out because of injuries and so only the youngster Jakob Huemer had to bite the bullet and will be reserve player. back from left to right: Gerhard Horvath (physical therapist), Thomas Letiner (co-trainer), Harald Pühringer, Siegfried Simon, Bela Gschwandtner, Klaus Thaller, Fritz Weiharter (sports psychologist), Winfried Kronsteiner (coach), Philip Schretter (physical therapist) front from left to right: Stefan Wohlfahrt, Klemens Kronsteiner, Jean Andrioli, Dietmar Weiß, Michael Feichtenschlager, Manuel Helmberger See the whole article in german here.
On the 9th February opening of the Winter Olympics 2018 the eyes of the world turned to Pyeongchang when the President of the Republic of Korea and President of IOC officially opened the events. It was an opening full of excitement and significant emotions. We witnessed the first Olympic victory made before amazing athletes from all around the world, as they entered the world of ice and snow competing for glory and pride not only for their countries, but most importantly for themselves. Victory of Olympic humanity towards peace and hope was given to the world when we saw 166 Korean athletes walking united behind the blue and white flag. This unifying flag bares more than a symbol of two countries that have been in conflict for several decades and has posed a threat for world peace. It was indeed a historical moment for so many reasons. North and South Korea together as one, athletes from two separate conflicting countries walking in side by side infact, hand in hand.We remember over the last months the escalation of words and threat such that a moment like this seemed to be impossible. But through the power of sport and the unifying five […]
SAMBO has been included among the sports that will be represented in the program of the XI Central American Sports Games. One of the largest sporting events in Central America will be held in Managua, the capital of Nicaragua, in 2017. SAMBO is the only sport not recognized by the IOC to be included in the program of the 2017 GAMES. The decision to include SAMBO was made at the Congress of the Central American Sports Organization (ORDECA) held in Managua in February. Emmet Lang, the President of ORDECA, who is also President of the National Olympic Committee of Nicaragua, noted that competitions in 28 sports would be held at the XI Central American Sports Games. Twenty of these are included in the program of the Olympic Games, another 7 have IOC recognition, and still another — SAMBO — will be presented as a demonstration sport. “The exact date of the competitions will be decided at the next ORDECA Congress, which will take place in late March — early April. To date, we have received proposals to hold the competitions either in July or November of next year,” Lang said. He added that most of the infrastructure in Managua was ready for this major multi-sport event. We remind you […]
World Open Powerlifting Championships 2016 YouTube-link Title Day Classes Start Technical Meeting Column1 Column2 Column3 Column4 Column5 Column6 Column7 Monday, 14.11.2016 Men 59 & 66 kg 12:00 https://youtu.be/5o29qdZ4S7U Men, 59 & 66 kg – World Open Powerlifting Championships 2016 Women 47 & 52 kg 17:00 https://youtu.be/9XhvpyVc_UM Women, 47 & 52 kg – World Open Powerlifting Championships 2016 Tuesday, 15.11.2016 Women 57 kg 12:00 https://youtu.be/iDbQclh0R1g Women, 57 kg – World Open Powerlifting Championships 2016 Men 74 kg 17:00 https://youtu.be/7ixB0cfo0lg Men, 74 kg – World Open Powerlifting Championships 2016 Wednesday, 16.11.2016 Men 83 kg 10:00 https://youtu.be/ue0yTTpKeA4 Men, 83 kg – World Open Powerlifting Championships 2016 Women 63 kg 14:00 https://youtu.be/0vSV0Adxpco Women, 63 kg – World Open Powerlifting Championships 2016 Men 93 kg 18:00 https://youtu.be/0FEIRTEHAms Men, 93 kg – World Open Powerlifting Championships 2016 Thursday, 17.11.2016 Women 72 kg 12:00 https://youtu.be/bUFdb0nyZNY Women, 72 kg – World Open Powerlifting Championships 2016 Men 105 kg 17:00 https://youtu.be/v89crAk7tIo Men, 105 kg – World Open Powerlifting Championships 2016 Friday, 18.11.2016 Women 84 & 84+ kg 12:00 https://youtu.be/z2COrkRvwYE Women, 84 & 84+ kg – World Open Powerlifting Championships 2016 Men 120 kg 17:00 https://youtu.be/IP1whuVJq9w Men, 120 kg – World Open Powerlifting Championships 2016 Saturday, 19.11.2016 Special Olympics Demonstration […]
Feel the Atmosphere : Video Montage of the Combat Qualifying Tournament 2015 ! The provisional dates and places of the of the finals World Savate Combat Championships 2015 have been announced. All eight weight categories of the senior men’s finals will take place in La Roche sur Yon, France, on 3rd October. Expect some excitement with athletes from nine countries competing for world titles. China, Croatia, France, Iran, Italy, Montenegro, Spain, Russia, and Ukraine will be there. The senior women’s finals (F) and junior men’s finals (J) will take place between 31st October and 12th December. 31st October, Martinique F-65kg, F-70kg and J-85kg : athletes representing China, Croatia, France and Russia 14th November, Vandoeuvre, France F-60kg, F-75kg, J-75kg and J-80kg : athletes representing Croatia, France, Mauritius, Russia and Ukraine 5th December, Saint Petersburg, Russia F-56kg, J-60kg, J-70kg and J+85kg : athletes representing France and Russia 5th December, Amiens, France F-48kg, F+85kg and J-56kg : athletes representing France, Italy, Mauritius, Russia and Tunisia 12th December, Lanester, France F-52kg : athletes representing Cuba and France date to be decided, Romania J-65kg : athletes representing France and Romania
Proud and happiness under the WAKO flag Over the weekend of 18-19 March WAKO Oceania held its inaugural WAKO Continental Kickboxing championships at the Arnold Classics Multi-Sport event in Melbourne, Australia. Over 170 fighters competed in this event across all WAKO disciplines and fighters from across the Oceania region enjoyed 2 days of exciting competition in the Melbourne Convention Centre. The quality of fights was tremendous and visiting spectators were impressed with the WAKO style of Kickboxing. During the course of the event, the competition area was visited by Mr Arnold Schwarzenegger who sat and watched a demonstration by the WAKO Australia Kickboxing club Martial Energy. WAKO Australia Official Vanessa Jenkins and WAKO Oceania President Pete Thompson were lucky enough to get up close and personal with Mr. Schwarzenegger who expressed how impressed he was with the WAKO Kickboxing and in particular with the younger participants whom he encouraged to continue in their training and competition. The exposure WAKO received during this event was tremendous, with the Arnold Classics Australia host to over 10,000 competitors and visitors from around the world the spectator numbers for […]
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.”
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 […]
During the preparation of the center court for the 3rd day a accident happend: The windshield of the lawn mower broke and the glas shard had to be picked up by hand or hoovered. But gladly in the morning everything was ready on the center court for the teams to go. The first two games would decide witch teams can follow Germany, Austria and Brasil into the semifinals. The women were starting with the game Switzerland against USA. Switzerland won the game in 2 straight sets and would have to face Germany in the semifinal later the same day. The game was followed by the men with Switzerland against India. The Swiss team liked to follow the example from the game before and they managed to do it and also won in 2 sets and will play the semifinal against Austria. Now the semifinals will start with the women Austria against Brasil. The game was a tight one from the beginning with good scenes on both sides. At the end the Brasilian girls could get revenge for the lost game in the preliminary round and won the game 4:2. Following this game was the first men’s semifinal between Germany and Brasil. The […]
9th Panamerican Kickboxing Championship” Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo October 26th – 30th, 2016. Pan American Championships 2016 is over. One more fantastic championships, one big step forward in developing WAKO as a stable, big and perspective organization. Continents are finishing their activities for 2016. Pan America as the biggest part of WAKO had a significant championship which marked the qualified athletes for The World Games 2017. The reason more to know that here, in Cancun, we had the best athletes of the specialty. WAKO Mexico team was working very hard to achieve a high-quality event worthy of our sport and confirmed the trust and responsibility placed to Mr. Fernando Granados Leon, President of WAKO Mexico. Before the Championships, we had Referee seminars for ring and tatami disciplines. Jan Frana was the chief referee for ring sports. He held seminar with demonstrations for his colleagues: ” A lot of hard work, precious experience for all of us, but must say that referees and judges in Pan America are making a huge progress.”, were his words after the Championships was over. Gina Engelhardt was the chief referee for tatami sports. She held the seminar too and shares almost every word Jan Frana […]
A special celebration took place celebrating the recognition of the International Cheer Union and the International Federation Muaythai Amateur. It was a truly memorable night with over 300 sport personalities there to congratulate both sporting federations. SportAccord/GAISF President Patrick Baumann, IWGA President Jose Perurena, FISU President Oleg Matytsin, ARISF President, Raffaele Chiulli, IOC Sport Director Kit McConnell, Head of IF Stakeholder Relations Jenny Mann and many others filled the room. AIMS President, Stephan Fox stated that “AIMS is proud that two of their members have achieved IOC recognition”. ARISF President Raffaele Chiulli welcomed the two federations into the family; and the President of ICU Mr. Webb and IFMA President Dr. Tapsuwan delivered emotional speeches. In addition to the festivities of the evening, another special moment took place, as it was the birthday of IWGA president, Mr. Perurena, FIAS President Mr. Shextakov and WKF General Secretary Toshihisa Nagura. who were celebrated with a special cake. Evenings like these showcase that though we may come from different federations, we are all united in the spirit of sport.
World Association of Kickboxing Organizations (WAKO) wish to all International Sports Organizations happy, successful and prosperous New Year.
IFMA prides ourselves to find a balance for the young generation on educational endeavors with sport. It is important for IFMA that education and sport go hand in hand and that we encourage that the young generation follows both paths. Elisa Salinas Chairman of IFMA Youth Commission stated that the enormous power of sport is one which can be utilized to achieve change for good. That is why IFMA has partnered up with organisations like Peace and Sport, Generation for Peace, UN Women to use the power of sport to make a positive difference especially for the youth around the world. This month’s initiative was for the youth from around the world to send their drawing on the theme around Muaythai day, incorporating the 5 key elements of the foundation of IFMA, Honour, Tradition, Respect, Excellence and Fair Play. So many kids from around the world have sent in their art pieces and then on the 6th of February, the final 10 made it to the Muaythai day final vote. The winner was Viktoria Silvestrova from Russia, but nevertheless, in the spirit of Muaythai, everyone is the winner. We published the final 10 art pieces, and congratulations to all […]