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The WMF Delegates Conference 2019 was held in Zhouzhuang, China on October 20th, 2019. WMF President Dr. Gerhard Zimmermann was re-elected unanimously. After the elections he pointed out, that the focus for the next years will be on youth, development and multisport events. This will be strongly reflected in the upcoming strategic plan 2021-2025. A Presidential Committee inside the Executive Committee has been established to clarify the legal responsibility for decisions and activities of WMF. WMF is becoming more and more solid in financials and Good Governance aspects. Former WMF Finance Manager Peter Joost Middag (NED) is going to transfer the financial duties to his successor Jürgen Elsishans (GER) at the end of the year and promised to ensure smooth transmission. WMF takes its social responsibility and continues with different valuable projects by implementing the Olympic values. The United Through Sports Conference with the slogan “United Through Minigolf – Building Bridges” will take place in Zhouzhuang on October 22nd, 2019 under the patronage of AIMS (Alliance of Independent Recognised Members of Sport).
Neutraubling, Germany – The Minigolf European Cup 2016 for club teams will be held September 29 through October 1 at the Minigolfcenter Neutraubling. Known as the “Champions League of Minigolf” 95 players will be representing teams from 8 countries as they battle to put their club team on the top of the podium. There will also be 35 coaches and officials at the tournament, bringing the participation count to well over 100 for this event. Everything is in place for an excellent late in the season tournament as the conditions for play are perfect with fine weather and a great atmosphere among the teams. Teams will compete on Thursday and Friday to earn their qualifying spots in the final Saturday rounds. Teams are already at the course practicing for what will be an intense and close competition. Pasi Aho, tournament officer, has this to say about the coming tournament, “The best minigolf teams in Europe have been practising since last weekend in best conditions and beautiful autumn weather. It will be very exciting to see if the title holders MGC Mainz, Germany (women) and Uppsala BGK, Sweden (men) can retain their titles or if the challengers will take the trophies […]
The WDF 2016 Europe Cup will take place September 20 – 24 2016 at the Hotel Zuiderduin Egmond Aan Zee in the Netherlands. 32 Men’s teams and 26 Women’s teams will be competing, The 18th WDF Asia Pacific Cup will take place in Osaka Japan Wednesday 19th to 22nd of October 2016 Countries competing will be Iran, Pakistan, India, Mongolia, Korea, Hong Kong, Australia and Japan. Visit www.dartswdf.com for more information on Darts around the World.
Ju-jitsu has a huge popularity in the world and is very active in the Kingdom itself. IJJF, the world governing body for Ju-jitsu is recognized by GAISF and AIMS. The President of IJJF, Khun Chuchart, is also the Vice President of AIMS. IJJF is included in many multi-sport games. The Thailand Ju-jitsu Federation under the presidency of Khun Chuchart, staged the National Championship and invited AIMS President as the guest of honor. President, Stephan Fox, congratulated the Thailand Ju-jitsu Federation on all their efforts and having over 700 junior athletes participating at the National Championships speaks for itself. Congratulations to the Ju-jitsu Thailand Federation!
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 […]
The Open Asian Minigolf Championships were held in Yokohama, Japan during the weekend of October 8 through 10. The event had two categories of competition – one for those who are AMF members (the Asian Championships) and one for anyone who is a member of the World Minigolf Sport Federation (WMF) (the Open Asian Championships). Within each of those categories titles were awarded for individual play and team play. In total, 56 competitors took to the lanes in Yokohama from 8 countries including China, Chinese Taipei, Finland, Germany, India, Japan, Sweden and Vietnam. Members from Korea and Iran were in attendance for the Delegate Conference that preceded the tournament but did not compete. Rain and wind hit the first day of competition but players and officials toughed it out and 8 rounds for the individual categories were played. In the Asian Championships, the home Japanese dominated as they won all of the categories except the female youth. Hisato Kondo won the male division by 3 strokes, shooting a 202 over the 8 rounds. All 3 strokes were made in the final round as he went tied into round 8 with Fuminori Itoh. The margin for victory in the female division […]
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.
IFMA hosted the AIMS conference in Bangkok from 10th to 13th of August with representatives from the IOC, IWGA, FISU, TAFISA, all recognised IOC groups, the representatives from 23 AIMS recognised sports , IEC in sports, the World Games Channel and many others in attendance. Her Excellency Mrs Wattanavrangkul the Minister of Tourism and Sports opened the beautiful evening with a heart-warming speech on behalf of the Royal Thai Government welcoming all sport dignitaries in true Thainess. Thailand is a sporting country and the government is in full support of sporting development. Her Excellency graciously thanked AIMS for choosing Thailand and Bangkok as the host city for the conference and thanked all the delegates for their presence. Mrs Wattanavrangkul shook hands with every delegate handing out a hand signed Souvenir book. All representatives from IOC, IWGA, FISU, TAFISA and UN Women, made welcome speeches and AIMS President Stephan Fox presented the plaque of appreciation to all delegates.
47-year-old Golfer and member of the Achimota Golf Club, Alain Vignard, last Sunday beat competition from 24 strong contenders to emerge the overall winner of the maiden edition of the Ghana Minigolf League, which took place at the Marvels Sports Club at Dzorwulu, Accra. The Golfer scored 44-points in the final round of the eighteen-hole competition to become the winner. Mr. Vignard, who was presented with a championship trophy, will, as part of the prize package, also receive a fully paid trip to represent Ghana at the World Minigolf series, to be held in Croatia this year. Following in the second position was businessman Ibrahim Usmaba, while Augustine Hohoayi also earned the Lowest Score of 40 for the Singles. They both received trophies, along with the doubles competition winners and runner up. The well-attended event, which blazed with lots of fun and excitement, was also graced by two high profile personalities – Mr. Pasi Aho, Sport Director, World Minigolf Sports Federation, and Mr. Wycliffe Ngoya, President, Africa Minigolf Sport Federation/Kenya Minigolf Federation. “I am particularly highly impressed that Ghana, with a rather teething Minigolf sport industry, has braced the odds to achieve this historic feat, by being the first country […]
AIMS would like to congratulate AIMS Vice President Mr. Panagiotis Theodoropoulos on his re-election as President of JJIF by the JJIF Congress. The sport of Ju-Jitsu has seen great development under Mr Theodoropoulos’ presidency and we wish him another successful term as he continues to take the sport of Ju-Jitsu to it’s highest recognition.
This year, the SportAccord Welcome Dinner will be held at the Olympic Museum organised by the International World Games Association (IWGA), the Association of IOC Recognised International Sport Federations (ARISF); and this year the Alliance of Independent Recognised members of Sport (AIMS) is proud to be the third group hosting the night. This highly anticipated dinner will see big and prominent names in the world of sport such as the distinguished IOC President, Dr Thomas Bach, WADA president Sir Craig Reedie, ASOIF President Francesco Ricci Bitti, AIOWF President Gian Franco Kasper, ARISF President Raffaele Chiulli, our own AIMS President Stephan Fox amongst many others. The dinner will be an exclusive event on the 18th of April at the beautiful Olympic Museum, a venue that is not only elegant but fitting for the gathering of all the international big names and recognised federations in the world of sport.
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.
AIMS President, Stephan Fox, Addressed the higher ranked officials who have contributed to the success of the AIMAG 2017 in Ashgabat. In a special ceremony, the AIMS president thanked the government of Turkmenistan represented by Mr. Komekov Toyly – Chairman of the State Committee for Sports, for staging this amazing event and giving all the athletes from Asia and Oceania the chance to be part of this event. Mr. Fox also thanked the management of the games, led by Matthew Kidson, Director of Sport AIMAG 2017, Mark Mateer, Head of Sport AIMAG 2017 and Competition Manager AIMAG 2017, Scott Novack, for their great contribution for the success of the games.
Frankfurt, Germany – The World Minigolf Sport Federation (WMF) Executive Board met over three days from March 24-26, 2017. Over 20 different topics were discussed during this meeting, including competition plans, relationships with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Alliance of Independent Recognized Members of Sport (AIMS), and SportAccord, finances of the WMF, and reports of the Continental Federations and other participating parties. The Executive Committee consists of members from 8 different countries (Germany, The Netherlands, Finland, Portugal, Kenya, United States, China and New Zealand), spread over all 5 continents (Africa, America, Asia, Europe and Oceania). Dr. Gerhard Zimmermann, WMF President, expressed his compliments to the members of the Executive Committee for their important work during the last period and informed in detail about the development regarding the IOC recognition process, the position of WMF within AIMS and the participation in the upcoming SportAccord Convention in Aarhus (Denmark). A large part of the meeting was spent talking about the future strategy of WMF, an update of the media and marketing plans, the value of the input of the WMF Special Committees, the activities to be part of Multisport Events and the start of a worldwide Grand Prix tour. A permanent seat […]
Nin, Croatia – The World Adventure Golf Masters (WAGM) and World Deaf Minigolf Championship (WDMC) were held on September 11 and 12, 2017 at Zaton Holiday Resort. Both of these events are sponsored by the World Minigolf Sport Federation (WMF) and feature some of the best international competitors in their respective divisions on both the minigolf open standard (MOS) and miniaturegolf style courses. There was a total of 104 participants from 18 countries in the WAGM and 32 players from 5 countries in the WDC. The first day of the events was delayed by heavy rains and did not start until 18:30 local time, more than 10 hours after the scheduled starting time. As a result, both tournaments were cut short to fit in the allotted time but that made for an even more exciting finish as the scores were very close across many of the divisions. The rain also made for some interesting course conditions with damp turf, which was a marked contrast to the practice conditions the teams saw earlier in the week. Tournament Director Pasi Aho had this to say about the competitions, “We have seen two days of fantastic minigolf in partly extreme conditions. The players […]
The AIMS family held their last meeting for 2019 in the Olympic capital, Lausanne, during the IF Forum 2019 from 28th – 30th October 2019. The AIMS council had discussions in regards to the upcoming SportAccord Convention, United Through Sport Conference and the Sports Festival 2020 in Beijing, China. The symbol of AIMS is a handshake. A handshake that works towards the same goal and working united towards the athletes and the youth.
It was an honour for the AIMS President to be invited by GAISF/SportAccord President, Raffaele Chiulli, who is also the President of UIM, to the opening round of 2020 Aquabike Pro World Championship in Kuwait. AIMS President would like to thank Mr. Chiulli for the invitation to this breathtaking event sanctioned by UIM promoted by H2O racing held at the beautiful Marina beach, Kuwait city, an amazing venue with a great atmosphere with athletes from over 20 countries. It was also an honour of the president to meet the General Secretary of Kuwait National Olympic Committee. The President would like to congratulate UIM’s effort in their environmental responsibilities in which over 4,000 trees have been planted around the world. Congratulations on this initiative must go to President Chiulli and the UIM family. Once again, it was a great pleasure for the President to join the event and UIM has certainly gained a fan!
The 2017 WDF Europe Cup Youth will take place July 12 to 15 2017 in Malmo Sweden
GAISF Vice President, Mr. Stephan Fox, who is also the Chairman of the GAISF Combat Commission, together with the SportAccord Convection CEO, Mr. Nis Hatt and GAISF Head of Administration, Mr. Philippe Gueisbuhler, made a visit to beautiful Chinese Taipei to discuss the World Combat Games 2019. The visit started in Taipei, where the team was greeted by representative of the government, Mr. Lin Te-Fu Director General sports administration, and representative of National Olympic Committee. Basic discussion took place about terms and conditions before the trip continued to Kaohsiung, where they were greeted by the Deputy Mayor, Ms. Hsu Ming-Chun and Deputy Secretary General Mr. Lin Ying-Pin. Other meetings took place around the city.