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On World Health Day, the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, reiterated his call for governments to include sport and physical activity in their COVID-19 recovery programmes during an online webinar hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO). Speaking at the event, which addressed the challenges and opportunities presented to sport and physical activity systems by the COVID-19 pandemic, President Bach invited national and international stakeholders to work with the Olympic Movement to use sport to help build a healthier society. “The Olympic Movement is ready to play its part to engage with all the governments and to engage with everybody to activate our population to be more active and, in this way, to contribute to a healthy society for everybody,” he said. “I invite you: join me in becoming active and join the Olympic Movement to include sport in your crisis recovery programmes, so that together we can show what we can do in solidarity for healthier societies and happier people.” Sport and physical activity contribute directly to physical and mental health and to combatting non-communicable diseases (NCDs), as demonstrated in the WHO’s new Guidelines on Physical Activity & Sedentary Behaviour. THE ROLE OF SPORT TO ADDRESS […]
In early 2018, the International Rope Skipping Federation and World Jump Rope Federation merged to form a new united organisation, the International Jump Rope Union (IJRU). Supported and overseen by GAISF, the successful merger was championed by athletes, officials and stakeholders around the world. Following the merger, IJRU was successfully granted GAISF Observer Status at SportAccord 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand. With the help and guidance of GAISF, the Alliance of Independent recognised Members of Sport (AIMS) and other International Sports Federations (IFs), IJRU boasts 60 member countries worldwide and its growth continues to accelerate. By following its mission statement and core values of diversity, inclusion, excellence and innovation, IJRU aims to develop the sport of jump rope and rope skipping globally and to become, possibly soon, part of the GAISF family. Commenting on IJRU’s global ambitions and achieving GAISF Observer Status, IJRU President Shaun Hamilton said: “GAISF Observer Status has enabled us to connect with other International Federations. The support and guidance from GAISF has not only helped us develop as an organisation, it has allowed us to improve our governance and provide our members with the resources they need to succeed. We are very grateful for GAISF’s support in […]
Powerlifting, is fast growing in popularity, with IPF being the sole world recognised organisation in the world of sport. Powerlifting is a sport for all, in which the athletes take centre stage in every part of the pyramid, regardless if you chose do it as a way of life or at elite competitive levels. Inclusivity and non-discrimination are not just the slogan for the International Powerlifting Federation. Under the leadership of President, Gaston Parage, Secretary General Robert Keller, General Manager Emanuel Scheiber, the Executives and all the hard-working National Federation, IPF has grown from strength to strength as a world recognised sporting federation. IPF is a member of GAISF and was included in the World Games, through the General Secretary and AIMS Council member. IPF has been one of the backbones on the recognition process of AIMS, becoming an IOC recognised umbrella organisation. All this has been done for the betterment of the athletes. The progress of Powerlifting as a sport has come from equality and access for all rules, the standards, ethics and fair play on all levels. GAISF President, Raffaele Chiulli and AIMS President, Stephan Fox had the honour to be invited to the World Powerlifting Championships […]
IFMA has published more than 15 books over the last 20 years promoting all aspects of the art and sport of muaythai. The new book just has been released titled Muaythai Revealed. 172 pages of images shot by Richard Juilliart, the official four time Olympic Games photographer. Richard is one of the most famous sport photographers covering the Olympic Games in Torino, Beijing, Vancouver and most recently in London.
The third edition of the World Youth Championship in Savate Assaut took place in Bulgaria from 30th July to 2nd August 2015. The championship takes place every two years, and is open to athletes aged from 15 years to 17 years. This year, boys and girls representing 14 countries and 3 continents took part. The Bulgarian Savate Federation and the city of Plovdiv, European Capital of Culture 2019, hosted the championships and gave the delegations a great welcome. The weigh-in of the athletes took place on Thursday evening, with the championship beginning on Friday morning. One hundred athletes competed for GOLD and the coveted title of world champion. The technical level was high, with the French squad marking its supremacy and technical skill. Bulgarian National Television made two broadcasts of the competition – one of an hour and the other about twenty minutes, which should help to develop our sport in Bulgaria. The championship ended on Saturday night with a party organized by FISav, around the pool of the Hotel, to mark the 30th anniversary of FISav. Thank you to the athletes, their trainers and the officials for their participation in this championship. Happy Birthday FISav !
The Asian Sepaktakraw Federation conducted their continental elections in which incumbent President Abdul Halim Kader secured a landslide victory against two challengers. Mr. Boonchai Lorhpipat has been elected as Secretary General. The AIMS family congratulates both President and Secretary General and is looking forward to a continued cooperation. Press Statement
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 International Olympic Committee (IOC) today officially opened Olympic House – one of the most sustainable buildings in the world. The inauguration was the highlight of the very emblematic and emotional celebrations to mark the 125th anniversary of the IOC, which was founded on 23 June 1894 by Pierre de Coubertin. The ceremony was attended by 700 guests, including the AIMS President representing the AIMS family, Mr Stephan Fox, President of the Swiss Confederation, Ueli Maurer; the IOC Members; the Presidents of the 206 National Olympic Committees and the International Sports Federations; and more than 30 Olympic medallists who, together with the Olympic medallists amongst the IOC Members, have won more than 125 medals at the Olympic Games. For the traditional ribbon-cutting at the foot of the iconic unity staircase of Olympic House, IOC President Bach was joined by President Ueli Maurer, the IOC Executive Board members, the President of the Vaud Council of State, Nuria Gorrite; Council of State members Pascal Broulis and Philippe Leuba; the Mayor of Lausanne, Grégoire Junod; and a number of Olympic medallists. Designed to reflect the IOC’s overarching mission to make the world a better place through sport and the reforms of Olympic Agenda […]
The SportAccord and GAISF head office in Lausanne was honored by a visit from the Sport Authority of Thailand and Deputy Governor Col. Ruj Saeng-Udom and executive delegation. The team was welcomed by the CEO of SportAccord, Mr. Nis Hatt and GAISF Vice President, Mr. Stephan Fox. Both sides thanked each other for the fruitful cooperation of the successful 2018 SportAccord Convention and GAISF General Assembly held in Bangkok. The deputy governor awarded the GAISF Vice President, Mr. Fox, a special token of appreciation for his continued support and fruitful discussions took place between the SportAccord, GAISF team and the delegation of the Royal Thai Government to discuss continued cooperation and upcoming activities.
The President of Republic of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko has awarded Dmitry Valent with the sports title of Honoured Master of Sport, which marks the outstanding achievement of Belarus muaythai under the leadership of the President of Belarus Muaythai Federation and Commander in Chief of Belarus Army, Yuri Karaev.
AIMS President Stephan Fox stated, “This has been an important gathering especially for the non-Olympic sports. We all find ourselves in challenging times, where we can use social media, not only to stand in solidarity but also through physical distancing we are able to train together. We should also continue to use it for educational purposes and this seminar is a perfect example. We all must continue to work together and plan for the after crisis, for the protection of clean athletes and the unified fight against doping. Everyone benefitted from this important initiative.” https://gaisf.sport/international-federations-learn-best-practice-for-updating-anti-doping-rules-via-videoconference/
As the United Nations (UN) celebrates its 75th anniversary, the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, has hailed the collaboration between the two organisations, while also emphasising the role that sport can play in fostering global solidarity in the face of the coronavirus crisis. Marking its historic anniversary, the UN launched a global consultation earlier this year to ask people about their hopes and fears for the future, and their priorities for international cooperation. Speaking on the occasion of a UN75 panel discussion to address the findings of this initiative, President Bach praised the work of the UN and highlighted its unique partnership with the IOC, which is built on common values and goals. “As the UN is celebrating 75 years of existence, we are proud to have decades of existing collaboration with the UN system on a very wide range of issues. The global pandemic has only underlined how important this cooperation is on so many levels,” said the IOC President. “Both our organisations are built on peace and solidarity and, as such, we are uniquely positioned to continue to work together in a partnership towards a better and more peaceful world. We are always stronger […]
On Tuesday, November 19th, AIMS President, Stephan Fox, joined Right to Play in a powerful panel discussion at the ASEAN Youth Development Workshop for Peace and Leadership. Mr. Fox, a former Muaythai world champion, alongside Right To Play Track and Field Twin Athlete Ambassadors from the UK, Ms. Lina Nielsen and Laviai Nielsen and Ms. Pacharakamon Arkornsakul, a professional badminton athlete and lecturer at Thailand National Sports University Chiangmai Campus spoke on how professional athletes use the power of sport to bring about positive social change to themselves, others and communities. The President spoke about the unique power sport has to change the world, unite, include and give hope against all kinds of discrimination in a world that can be so harsh and cold. He commented that in a world where the leaders of the world cannot shake hands, the youth play together in sport and during the Olympics, the world declares Olympic truth when nations stop to fight. Mr. Fox highlighted the value of alliances and gave an example from his own experience in sport. The President reminded the youth leaders that “The real belt you win is not the physical belt you take from your sport, it is the […]
TWENTY-FIVE YOUNG LEADERS HAVE BEEN SELECTED BY THE IOC AS PART OF A FOUR-YEAR PROGRAMME SUPPORTED BY WORLDWIDE OLYMPIC PARTNER PANASONIC. COMING FROM 25 COUNTRIES AND FIVE CONTINENTS, THESE FUTURE LEADERS WILL BUILD SUSTAINABLE, SPORT-FOCUSED SOCIAL BUSINESSES FROM IDEATION TO FRUITION, SUPPORTED BY WEEKLY LEARNING MODULES AND LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES. Today, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced the selection of 25 new IOC Young Leaders who will leverage the power of sport to make a positive difference in their communities. This fifth generation of IOC Young Leaders will benefit from an enhanced version of the programme, which moves from an annual to a four-year model, and will provide the Young Leaders with additional tools and expertise that they will need to become successful social entrepreneurs and make a positive impact through sport. Starting in February, the programme aims to empower the new pool of talents to develop their own social business as a localised sport-based solution to a pressing challenge in their respective communities. The participants will receive a total of CHF10,000 seed-funding over the four years, and will be supported by weekly learning modules and leadership opportunities. As ambassadors of Olympism, the IOC Young Leaders will also play active roles […]
Today, we take you to the world of Fistball. IFA is the world governing body for all the Fistball sports and is a proud member of GAISF and AIMS. The former President Mr. Karl Weiss, is an AIMS Council member and has taken Fistball to a record number of Member countries The newly elected Mr. Jörn Verleger represents the next generation of Fistball continue to build the Vision of a united Fistball Family being and building the next and even bigger Fistball family. Fistball is included in many Multi-sport Games, World Games and TAFISA. The AIMS President was part of the last Fistball World Championships in Switzerland which he described as, “an awesome experience of sport”. Today we take you to Fistball, great initiative “Fistball at home” which showcases a sport for everybody and all generations. Let’s get hooked on Fistball!! http://youtu.be/uTxF_pdouM4
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 […]
The annual AIMS General Assembly was held virtually for the first time in the history due to the current Covid-19 pandemic. AIMS President, Stephan Fox welcomed all AIMS members, observers, former AIMS members and former AIMS Presidents. He especially thanked the AIMS Council for all their work and support, the General Secretary and the head of administration for working tirelessly during this challenging time of the pandemic. He also thanked especially, the IOC for all their support and for giving full recognition to AIMS to become the 5th IOC recognised umbrella organisation. President Fox, on behalf of AIMS thank the IOC President, Mr. Thomas Bach for his support and the IOC Sport Department for all their guidance. The IOC President, Mr. Thomas Bach delivered the welcome message to the AIMS family, outlining again the strong relationship between AIMS and the IOC and the cooperation over the years. He further thanked AIMS for their innovative initiative of the UTS World Virtual Youth Festival in which the IOC has been actively involved and given patronage. The AIMS family again thank the IOC and stands proud as an IOC recognised organisation. President Fox then thanked GAISF and SportAccord President Mr. Raffaele Chiulli for […]
On behalf of the AIMS Family we would like to share our concern and best wishes to everyone affected by the global Covid 19. The Corona Virus does not know boarders, religions or nationalities. The world is suffering and we are all affected by this pandemic. We must stand in solidarity and unity against the pandemic. Now, more than ever we must foster and promote the Olympic values of respect and friendship and as President Bach recently said the “THE OLYMPIC FLAME CAN BECOME THE LIGHT AT THE END OF THIS DARK TUNNEL”. More than ever now our athletes are connected through the use of digital platforms and channels. Where they are inviting each other, through social distancing and through their living rooms to exercise together and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Through discipline and following the guidance and advise of our Governments and the WHO. We will overcome this pandemic. With the help of the frontline healthcare workers and science, we will overcome this crisis and will again be united more than ever before. We must especially thank and express our appreciation to all the medical staff, the ‘modern day heroes’ for their commitment and resilience. We, the world of […]
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.
It has been a great opportunity to help International Federations to bring together stakeholders and organisations to help develop their sport in the region. The theme of the conference is “A United Approach to the International Sports Landscape in the Americas”. was a fantastic choice highlighted by Sportaccord and GAISF President Raffaele Chiulli who stated that this is a great opportunity to build bridges between IFs and National Olympic Committees from Pan American region and other stakeholders. The keynote address was delivered from the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations Executive Director, Andrew Ryan, focusing on “The Changing Landscape of the International Sports World”. Over 60 International federations participated in the event.