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All 23 international federations which are members of AIMS heartily congratulate the 5 sports which have been recommended by unanimous IOC Executive Board decision to feature at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Baseball/Soft ball, Sport Climbing, Surfing, Karate, and Skateboarding will be forwarded to the IOC General Assembly in Rio. AIMS sincerely thanks the IOC for their vision on the Olympic Agenda 2020 and this historical decision is one of the many important objectives of Agenda 2020. AIMS will continue to work closely with the IOC as an IOC recognised IF umbrella group and will continue to work closely with the other 4 recognised umbrella groups, ASOIF, AIOWF, ARISF and SportAccord. AIMS will continue its very good contribution to support the Olympic Movement.
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 […]
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 […]
Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, was confirmed as the host city for the 2018 edition of Sportaccord Convention during a stunning Opening Ceremony to mark the official start of this year’s edition in Aarhus. The announcement was made during a glittering opening ceremony at the Musikhuset, which featured culture, music and the performing arts, as well as speeches from the from the distinguished IOC President Dr Thomas Bach, SportAccord Convention President, Francesco Ricci Bitti, and the Mayor of Aarhus, Jacob Bundsgaard. Bangkok – and Thailand as a whole – is renowned for the welcoming nature of this people, and the city is served by numerous international airline, with most countries offering direct flights. As the main hub for Southeast Asia, the city will provide a base for Convention attendees who are keen to explore a stunning part of the world. Bangkok provides a multitude of affordable activities, with plenty to offer visitors in terms of culture, shopping and more. Commenting on the announcement, Francesco Ricci Bitti, President of SportAccord Convention and the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF), said: “It will be a pleasure to bring the 2018 SportAccord Convention to Bangkok, Thailand, and I would like to thank the Government of Thailand for supporting the Convention, which […]
AIMS congratulates Peace and Sport in their White Card Campaign! With over 310 projects from 170 countries registered on april6.org and 15 million reached through the #WhiteCard campaign, the 3rd edition of the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace was a global success! For more details on the April6 White Card Campaign click here Images and video credit Peace and Sport
WAKO European Championships Greece Loutraki 19th-27th November 2016 From 19th till 27th November 2016 Greece hosted the European Kickboxing Championship for the disciplines: Point fighting, Kick Light, Musical forms and Full Contact .These days were fully packed with high-quality fighting, great fights, friendship, and fair play. This championship is the example of the big positive development within the WAKO organization as a whole. For all participants, this was a great opportunity to join and be inspired for the future work. Full contact discipline female fight Kick light discipline men fight With participants from 33 countries, WAKO continues to show strength in Europe. With the participation of great, confirmed champions and legends of WAKO, fighters like Zsolt Moradi, Roman Brundl, McMenamy Robbie, Szabo Dorina, etc. we had also the newcomers who attended Championships of Europe for the first time. This was certainly inspiring for all of the participants. The promoter of the Championships, President of WAKO Greece, Mr. Mike Triantafillou has done a great job with his staff for realizing this event and he doesn’t hide his happiness for bringing kickboxing Championships back to Greece. […]
AIMS would like to congratulate Cheerleading (ICU) and Muaythai (IFMA) on receiving provisional recognition from the International Olympic Committee on the 6th of December 2016. AIMS wishes these members the best as they continue their journeys in sporting excellence and move on to ARISF. We hope that these two sports will continue to support and guide AIMS and it’s members. AIMS would like to thank the IOC for the recognition of these two international sporting federations.
AIMS members are geared up and ready for the Annual SportAccord International Federation (IF) Forum 2016 from November 9-11, at the Royal Savoy Hotel in Lausanne. This will be the 10th edition of an IF Forum, that has over the years been a gathering of great value to international sports federations. The forum has provided an constructive and inspirational platform for international federations to discuss key challenges and gain from the insights of major leaders and stakeholders from sport and the industry. This year will see three days of targeted session under the theme of The Power of Sport to Drive World Health. This edition will be a historic one with the IOC President Dr Thomas Bach, SportAccord Convention President Francesco Ricci Bitti and Sportaccord President Patrick Baumann opening the IF Forum, showcasing the unity between the IOC and SportAccord and SportAccord Convention. Stephan Fox, AIMS President and SportAccord Vice President was quoted saying “The IF Forum is a perfect platform for knowledge sharing and meetings between the IFs and umbrella groups. This years one is also important as the IOC Commission meetings are at the same time.“ AIMS members will be in full representation at the forum, including participation on some of the various […]
AIMS President, Mr Stephan Fox was invited by the IOC President, Dr. Thomas Bach to the IOC headquarters in Lausanne. The meeting took place in Dr. Bach’s private office in a relaxed atmosphere. Mr. Christophe De Kepper, IOC Director General and Mr. Christian Wassmer, Head of Winter Sports and IF Relations were also in attendance. Beforehand, Mr. Fox met for a preliminary two-hour meeting headed by Mr. Wassmer, which was then followed by the close discussion with the IOC President on the support of recognised IF’s for the Agenda 2020, the recognition process of non-IOC recognised sports, the Olympic channel, the Combat Games and many other important issues. AIMS President, Mr. Fox thanked the IOC for the important meeting and as a token of appreciation presented the president a plaque on the behalf of AIMS and Dr. Bach in return presented Mr. Fox with the official IOC tie.
A special meeting took place in Bangkok between the newly elected SportAccord President, Mr Patrick Baumann, an IOC Member and also the FIBA Secretary General. Mr Baumann paid a visit to AIMS President and IFMA Secretary General Mr Stephan Fox, who congratulated the new SportAccord president on his election and in turn, Mr Baumann extended congratulations to AIMS for recently gaining IOC recognition. SportAccord is the umbrella organisation for all Olympic and non-Olympic intermational sport federations as well as organisers of multi–sport and sport related international associations. Mr Baumann was elected president at the last SportAccord General Assembly in Lausanne, on the 22nd of April 2016. Mr Baumann discussed with Mr Fox his vision on the future of SportAccord and the multi-sport Games such as the World Combat Games, Mind Games and possibly the Urban Games. They also discussed the importance of the cooperation between all members of SportAccord grouped together in the 5 umbrella bodies that are ARISF, ASOIF, AIOWF, AIMS and the Associate Members. The Mr Fox thanked Mr Baumann on behalf of all 23 AIMS members and is looking forward to a fruitful cooperation within SportAccord and the IOC.
The beautiful city of Cheong Ju in the Republic of Korea was the venue for the World Martial Arts Masterships with 17 martial arts coming together in the spirit of combat sport, friendship and sporting and cultural exchange. 5 of the 7 AIMS member martial arts took part at these Cheong Ju Martial Arts Masterships, with the opening being a world class show. His Excellency the Governor of Chungcheongbuk-do Province and chairman of the event Mr Lee made an emotional speech on the spirit of martial arts, unity and diversity. The General Secretary of the United Nations Mr Ban Ki-Moon delivered a surprise speech on the power of sport and the contribution sport makes towards world peace. AIMS president and IFMA General Secretary Stephan Fox delivered a heartful speech thanking the city of Cheong Ju for hosting this event, the Governor for inviting all the athletes to this beautiful part of the world and addressing the athletes as the ambassadors stating that peace begins with a smile and that our athletes are the example of this. The stage was open for 7 days of cultural and sporting exchange.
History was made in Lausanne when the IOC invited 23 international recognised sporting federations member of AIMS to the IOC headquarter for a joint meeting to remember the day the AIMS executive board and all 23 AIMS federations took a group photo shot together as a reminder on a historical day and to continue to cooperate for one common goal, which is to use the immense power of sport and to continue on their mission to build a better world through sport.
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.
As the last of the big European Teams Switzerland nominated the squad for the men’s world championship in Argentina. Cyril “Fausto” Schreiber will again be part of the team with witch the Swiss plan to take revenge on the lost final of the European Championship final against Germany last year. There’s also one rookie in the team, but it will not be one of the youngest players. It’s Mario Kohler from FB Widnau. The last part of the preparation will be a training camp in Turkey . The squad: David Berger (Engwilen / STV Wigoltingen), Martin Dünner (Frauenfeld / STV Wigoltingen), Mario Kohler (Widnau / Faustball Widnau), Lukas Lässer (Diepoldsau / SVD Diepoldsau), Fabian Marthy (Flums / SVD Diepoldsau), Malik Müller (Widnau / SVD Diepoldsau), Kevin Nützi (Egerkingen / STV Oberentfelden), Ueli Rebsamen (Kreuzlingen / STV Wigoltingen), Raphael Schlattinger (Diepoldsau / SVD Diepoldsau), Cyrill Schreiber (Walzenhausen / Faustball Widnau). Read the whole story here.
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 […]
The World SAMBO Championships were held last weekend in Sofia, Bulgaria. The competition that brings face-to-face the best sambists in the world is also a unique chance for the Sambo stakeholders to evaluate the progress of the sport in different continents and discuss future paths at the FIAS Congress. This year’s encounter preceded the very anticipated decision of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) concerning FIAS recognition. In order to be aligned with the IOC’s agenda, the executive committee announced a set of changes in the organization. Among them, a minimum of 25% female presence on the Executive Board is now mandatory and the presidency term was limited to a maximum of three consecutive years. The national federations representatives also welcomed Canada, Indonesia, Philippines and Sri Lanka, who were awarded with FIAS full membership. Costa Rica and Macao joined this year as provisional members. Integrity and Fair Play One of the main topics addressed in the congress was FIAS efforts to emphasize the zero tolerance policy to corruption, match-fixing and doping. Not only that: the ongoing Fair Play campaign also targeted those who are the core of sambo: the sambists. An educational seminar was organized to athletes and coaches on the […]
The cooperation of sport for the benefit of sport is important according to IFMA President Dr Sakcyhe Tapsuwan and Ju-Jitsu President Mr Panagiotis Theodoropoulos. AIMS President Stephan Fox stated that it may be the case that some sports are stronger than another in different regions, therefore united events can educate the audience on sports that they may have none or limited knowledge on. Muaythai and Ju-jitsu will promote 4 events together with the final for muaythai being held in Bangkok and for Ju-Jitsu in Abu Dhabi while each event will promote the other sport during the series and finals. In a special conference in Bangkok, an MOU was signed between the presidents of the two sports, Dr Sakchye Tapsuwan and Mr Panagiotis Theodoropoulos. AIMS will continue to strengthen their member sports toward higher sporting recognition.
The 14th Athens Challenge Tournament took place 04 -05 February 2017 at the Olympic Wrestling Arena in Ano Liossia. Organized in association with WAKO and the PAN-HELLENIC FEDERATION OF KICKBOXING “POK “, Athens Challenge Tournament is without a doubt the biggest Kick Boxing event in Greece. Athens Challenge Tournament is one of the top 5 Kick Boxing events across Europe where each year athletes compete in Kick Boxing disciplines: Point Fighting, Light Contact, Kick Light, Low Kick, forms hard style, soft style, weapons and in Self-defense. This edition 2017 brought over 1220 European athletes from 12 countries such as Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Russian Federation, Spain, United Kingdom, Georgia who were competing in 2151 entries. Only Greece had more than 1400 entries. The second in entries was Italy ( 271) and Bulgaria (137). Over 27 international referees from across Europe travel to Athens each year for the needs of Athens Challenge Tournament where along with 28 Greek referees they guarantee another successful event. The competition was going on 11 tatami areas and on one ring for low kick. The main sponsor of the 14th Athens Challenge Tournament was VODAFONE and sponsors were Zaros, Dole, Kayak […]
Turkey On September 14, a working meeting on the development of SAMBO for the visually impaired in Turkey was held in the office of the International SAMBO Federation. Roman Novikov, the Head of the Commission on SAMBO Development for the Blind and Visually Impaired at the Russian SAMBO Federation shared his experience of the organization’s work with physically challenged athletes with Gadir Mamedov, President of the Turkish Sport-Combat Sambo Federation. They also raised the question of the development of demo SAMBO for wrestlers with musculoskeletal system disorders, and the details and nuances of this direction were clarified by Natalya Novikova, the President of the Blind SAMBO Foundation. The result of the meeting was a decision to set up a commission for visually impaired athletes at the Turkish Sport-Combat Sambo Federation. Republic of Crimea A heroic act by Anatoly Krapolev, the Head of the Regional Commission for SAMBO Development for the Blind and Visually Impaired at the Sambo and Judo Federation of the Republic of Crimea, is an example to follow! Anatoly, despite his poor eyesight, rushed to the aid of people in a burning building. The blaze was caused by a short circuit due to supply disruption. Six families were […]
KICKBOXING FOR BRIGHTER FUTURE OF YOUNG PEOPLE Every person, regardless of age, ability, economic advantage or any other criteria which make us different, has the right to participate in sport. Physical activity is the key to each individual’s physical and mental well-being. All young people has to have a sporting chance and to take part in physical activities no matter of their ability or disability. The sport has the power to develop young people’s potentials, helping them to be healthy and happy and to be a part of common society. To contribute and to succeed. To equip them with competence and to prepare them for the challenges of life ahead. To support young people to develop positive character qualities : creativity, aspiration, resilience and empathy. Moreover, for the children with disabilities, to support them and learn to have self-confidence. During the WAKO European Championships in Maribor in October 2016, part of the program on the Opening ceremony was kickboxing demonstration of disabled children. During that performance, where five boys of 15-18 came into the ring and did a little kickboxing,one couldn’t find an eye without tears in the audience. So touching performance showed to all of us that […]