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LAUSANNE, 8 November 2017- GAISF and International Olympic Committee (IOC) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), underscoring the unity of vision and purpose between the two organisations and paving the way to a continuing close and fruitful relationship, which will benefit all of sport’s stakeholders. The MoU was signed by IOC President Thomas Bach and GAISF President Patrick Baumann, ahead of the official opening of the International Federations Forum in the Olympic Capital Lausanne. The signing marks a new era in the ever-closer relationship between GAISF and the IOC, and the closure of a transition period which has seen Sportaccord re-name as GAISF, as well as the re-evaluation and redefinition of its role, aims and objectives. The relationship between GAISF and the IOC is increasingly important in a changing international sports landscape and emphasises the IOC’s continued commitment to the International Federation (IF) Family, which was highlighted in Olympic Agenda 2020. This gave IFs a greater responsibility in key areas including nomination of new sports, the Olympic Games bidding process and ensured a voice at the top table across the Olympic Movement. The MoU covers membership criteria, services to members and multi-sport games, and is designed to serve as […]
United Through Sports 2020 World Conference The opening ceremony of the 2020 United Through Sports World Virtual Youth Festival has been applauded by many for the innovative initiative to give opportunity for youth and to promote inclusion, equality, non-discrimination and peace promotion While the youth already started competing in the different events under the patronage of the IOC, IPC, and SOI, the world conference was opened by the Minister of Tourism and Sport of Thailand. He thanked United Through Sports for hosting this event from Thailand to the world, he further thanked all the participating organisations and the youth. A wide range of speakers gave their view on many important topics and importantly sent a united message to and for the youth of the world under the “One spirit one heart” slogan. Over the next days 8 different panels will be hosted discussing important topics from: Inclusivity and Non-discrimination in Sport, Sport Towards Peace Promotion, Sport as a Human Right, Millennials for The Future, Safeguarding of The Youth, Fair Play in Sport, Athletes United and Sport Leaders United. Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, Minister of Tourism and Sports Mohammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize Winner Ban Ki-Moon, 8th UN Secretary General Prince Albert II […]
An important meeting took place between the 3 presidents of the 3 IOC recognised organisations the International World Games Association (IWGA), the Association of IOC Recognised International Sports Federations (ARISF) and AIMS to discuss the continued close cooperation towards common goals and for the most important assets, the athletes. IWGA also signed an important MoU with the IOC and many ARISF and AIMS international sporting federations are also members of IWGA and included in the games. The world of sport looks forward to the upcoming World Games 2017 in Wroclaw, Poland.
AIMS will continue to support IPSF in every way possible. IPSF was part of an important online meeting with the AIMS leadership to discuss continued cooperation to ensure the continued growth of IPSF. THE RISE AND DEVELOPMENT OF POLE SPORTS WORLDWIDE Pole, introduced as a sport in 2006 after it became a popular form of fitness in 2000, has experienced rapid growth around the world, following the creation of the International Pole Sports Federation (IPSF) in 2009. In 11 years, the IPSF has gone from standardising elements of pole sports, such as scoring, judging and competitions, to hosting eight world championships and establishing 35 national federations. In July 2018, more than 200 athletes from 40 countries competed in the World Pole Sports Championships in Tarragona, Spain. As a result of the efforts of the IPSF, including gaining GAISF Observer Status in 2017, the sport is now practised in more than 60 countries with over 5,000 male and female athletes competing every year. Commenting on the development of pole sports and the federation’s support from GAISF, IPSF President Katie Coates said: “Gaining Observer Status in 2017 was a fantastic opportunity for the IPSF, and over the last two years we have […]
HOW CAN WE ALL #TURNITAROUND? Last weekend the 5th SDG Global Festival of Action, supported by the UN SDG Action Campaign, took place. This time it was held virtually due to the pandemic. The festival tried to find new ways to exchange knowledge, increase mutual understanding, develop solutions, and connect key partners and organizations to take action toward the Social Development Goals (SDGs). The 2-day festival provided a dynamic and interactive platform where delegates can see the latest innovations, new ideas, tools and approaches to the SDG implementation. UTS was in attendance for several of the exceptional sessions taking home key messages and many thought-provoking concepts. The event incorporated 1 main stage, a Japan stage, 4 interactive spaces, 300 speakers from 80+ countries, 4 networking zones, 28 workshops, 20 exhibits, 10 performances, with the slogan: “Let’s #turnitaround, For People and the Planet.” During the festival delegates could connect with international leaders, changemakers, activists, the private sector and more. The event attracted more than 10K from 180+ countries and is here to encourage and inspire decision-makers, corporate companies, government, UN leaders, media, social entrepreneurs and activists. The 4 different themes were discussed: Climate Action, Gender Equality, Inclusive Systems & Finance and Poverty & […]
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
The SportAccord IF Forum will take place in Lausanne from 11th -13th November 2015. Over 100 world recognised sports and sporting organistaions and umbrella bodies will gather in Lusanne the Olympic capital of the world. “Governance in Sport” will be one of the main focuses on the conference program for this important forum, which will be opened by the President of the IOC, Dr. Thomas Bach. The opening address will be delivered by the President of ASIOF (Association of Summer Olympics Association), Mr. Franco Ricci Bitti also the President of the SportAccord Convention. Important topics for the world’s leaders in sport include implementing good governance, preventing competition manipulation, IOC integrity initiatives, the IOC-Interpol annual report, Olympic agenda 2020, to name just a few for these exciting 3 days. AIMS President Mr. Stephan Fox will be presenting in his capacity as AIMS President and SportAccord Council Member.
After the Tournament in Jona (SUI) the German Head Coach Olaf Neuenfeld selected the 10 players, who will represent the German colors during the 15th Men World Championship in Argentina this November. Here the announcement in German. Only one day later the next squad was selected. The Fistball Federation of Australia announced the team and the staff for the 1st participation of an Australian Fistball Team at World Championships. You can read the full story here .
Askim, Sweden – The Minigolf Open Youth European Championships were held from August 2 -5, 2017 on the concrete and miniaturegolf courses in Askimsbadet, Askim. In total, 66 players (48 male and 18 female) represented 12 different countries in the individual play. There were 5 full country teams in the male division and 4 teams in the female division that competed for the team title. The schedule was packed for the tournament as 8 rounds over the first two days comprised the team competition while and additional 4 rounds were played to round out the individual stroke-play competition at 12 rounds. The last day of play was for the match-play competition, which is played by the top tier players from the stroke play. The story of the tournament was the weather, as rains and bad weather interrupted play and caused from some adjustment of the round schedule. However, that didn’t seem to phase the home team during the team competition as the Swedish male and female teams struck gold and swept first place in both divisions, and followed it up with some success in the individual competitions. It was the first time in 11 years that Sweden swept in the […]
With sadness we have heard the news on the passing of Don Porter. We would like to send our deepest condolences to his wife Jean and the Porter family. We all know Don was a man of sport, serving as the president of the International Softball Federation for 26 years and his vision and his dedication Softball becoming an Olympic sport for the first time in 1996. He played an instrumental part in the merger of ISF and IBAF in establishing the World Baseball Softball Confederation which under your leadership has grown into one of the leading sports federations in the world. Don had a special talent for leadership and had courage, he was a family man, being married for 71 years and so our heart really goes out to his lifelong partner Jean. Don played an instrumental part of the development of GAISF and he has helped many other sports to develop to become an GAISF member. The AIMS family is saddened by the passing. We honour his life and the opportunities he has given to our own youth. On behalf of the AIMS family, we say farewell and thank you to a true man in sport and human […]
Following the initiative of Pierre de Coubertin, who wanted to combine “muscles and mind” at the Games, seven editions, from 1912 to 1948, included Olympic events in painting, sculpture, literature, music and architecture. After these were dropped, the cultural programmes created for the Games successfully continued the vision of the man who revived the Games. In an article entitled “the Roman Olympiad”, published on the front page of Le Figaro on 5 August 1904, 10 years after the revival of the Games, Pierre de Coubertin announced: “The time has come to enter a new phase, and to restore the Olympiads to their original beauty. At the time of Olympia’s splendour, and even later when Nero, the conqueror of Greece, made it his ambition to gather the ever-desired laurels along the banks of the Alphaeus, the arts and literature joined with sport to ensure the greatness of the Olympic Games. The same must be true in the future.” The reason for the title of these two newspaper columns was the recent choice by the IOC members of the Italian capital as host of the Olympic Games in 1908. Thus, Coubertin continued, it is now “possible and desirable to unite in the future celebrations, as […]
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 first editions of 2015 WMF World Ranking Lists are published on http://minigolfsport.com/index.php. Congratulations to all number ones and good luck in defending your titles and also good luck to all challengers!
Today, we will take you to a sport which has a cult status, especially in Asia. It has spread its wings from South East Asia around the world and is one of the most popular sports in the Asian Games and South East Asian Games. Sepaktakraw is an indoor and outdoor sport and is also a very popular beach sport included in the Asian Beach Games. The flagship events are the ISTAF World Cup and the ISTAF Super Series. It has record figures on Asian TV, Euro Sports and many others. ISTAF is a proud member of the GAISF family and a driving member of AIMS since its inauguration and has been represented at every Sportaccord. The President of Sepaktakraw, Major General. Charouck Arirachakaran, is the Vice President of the OCA and National Olympic Committee of Thailand. The General Secretary, Dato Halim, is one of the driving forces of Sepaktakraw. Today, we see the amazing skills of the Sepaktakraw athletes Fight Gravity. Enjoy the contribution of the ISTAF Family.
AIMS will hold its Working Group meeting and conference from the 11th – 13th August in Bangkok, with an agenda packed with meetings and presentations. The IOC, IWGA, FISU, OCA and many more will be coming to make presentations and all IFs will have a chance to demonstrate their sport to delegates from universities, the Department of Physical Education and other interested parties. There will also be a full cultural program. The full agenda will be published shortly.
SPORT FOR REFUGEES COALITION: FROM PLEDGES TO ACTIONS At the first ever Global Refugee Forum last year, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Olympic Refuge Foundation (ORF), in close collaboration with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), announced the creation of an unprecedented global initiative: a Sport Coalition committed to building a better world for refugees through sport. As the Coalition celebrates its one-year anniversary – and UNHCR its landmark 70th anniversary – we look at some of the concrete projects that were brought to fruition in 2020 through the Coalition. Consisting of over 80 partners – from governments to National Olympic Committees, International Sports Federations (IFs), clubs, associations and civil society organisations – the Sport for Refugees Coalition made three important pledges to promote and ensure equal access for all refugees to: safe and inclusive sporting facilities; organised sport and sports-based initiatives; and participation in sporting events and competitions at all levels. Despite the many challenges faced in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Coalition members have transformed these pledges into concrete and impactful actions that have brought the many benefits of sport to a large number of refugees and displaced and host community members throughout the year. […]
The AIMS family would like to wish everyone happy holidays and a great start to the New Year.
AIMS President Stephan Fox hailed the success of the regional SportAccord Convention in Fort Lauderdale. He states that this was an important event to provide an even stronger foundation between the region and the international sports movement especially for the non-Olympic recognised sports and the National Olympic Committees of the region. AIMS took part in the panel with the President himself together with SportAccord and GAISF President, Raffaele Chiulli, Andrew Ryan, Executive Director of ASOIF. The panel focused on “The Future of International Sports Governance”. Another important panel was “The Duties and responsibilities of Sport towards Social Responsibility”. Mr Stephan Fox, AIMS President & GAUSF Vice President, stated that this Regional SportAccord was very important and maybe long overdue in this region, as the region of the Americas is rich in sporting traditions, and this has been a great opportunity to open up new frontiers to seek growth and opportunities for AIMS members.
After the historic recognition of AIMS by the International Olympic Committee, the AIMS council convened at the Maison du Sport in the Olympic city, Lausanne. The AIMS council meeting took place to discuss the steps ahead, the council discussed many points on the steps forward, the strategic plans for the future of AIMS as an IOC recognised umbrella organisation, the upcoming General Assembly in Beijing and the sports festival in Beijing as part of the SportAccord Convention 2020 under the theme “United through Diversity”. AIMS will continue to be a credible, responsible member of the Olympic family and an organisation for the members through the members for the benefits of the next generation, integrating the sport with no discrimination a better tomorrow.
The International Paralympic Committee is an important partner of the United Through Sports initiative. Hundreds of youngsters from around the world joined the final competition. They needed to film themselves performing an exercise routine of their choice for 60 seconds maximum. Then they needed to spend 45 seconds to the camera explaining their motivation to participate in the challenge and what world leaders need to do to create a more accessible and inclusive future for all people. IPC President Andrew Parsons was the opening speaker for the Festival and the IPC, and participated in different Panels over the 5-day Conference. Furthermore, the I’mPOSSIBLE workshop held on 19 November saw over 2,000 participants from around the world learning about the Paralympic Movement and the Paralympic values. The Finals of the IPC Inclusive Sports Challenge really took the world by heart when the top 5 athletes in the Under 12 and Under 18 Categories were announced. The gold medal in the Under 12 division went to Harmonie-Rose Allen from the UK who showed us what inclusion and equality is all about. She is an amazing athlete and we are sure that we will hear much more from her in the future. Silver […]