WFDF Meets the New Sportaccord President Marius L. Vizer
12 June 2013
WFDF officials have meetings in St. Petersburg (Russia) and Japan
The SportAccord General Assembly on May 31 elected Marius L. Vizer (President of the International Judo Federation) as the new President of SportAccord. Vizer, a Romanian-born Hungarian, succeeds Hein Verbruggen, who decided to step down as President after 11 years. Mr. Vizer received 52 votes of the 89 votes cast and his opponent Bernard Lapasset (Chairman of the International Rugby Union) 37. Vizer won on a platform of transforming SportAccord into a “more powerful” and “lucrative” body, with a ''United World Championships'' being the centerpiece of his program. Per Vizer’s plan, this event will be held every four years for both Olympic and non-Olympic sports. Vizer said he plans to organize the first event in 2017 and hopes all 91 member federations take part.
SportAccord, the former General Assembly of International Sports Federations (GAISF), is the umbrella organization for both Olympic and non-Olympic international sports federations as well as organizations hosting international multi-sports events. SportAccord has 93 Full Members (international sports federations governing specific sports worldwide) and 16 Associate Members (organizations which conduct activities closely related to the international sports federations). WFDF has been a full member of SportAccord since 1995.
Photo (from left to right): Marius L. Vizer, new Sportaccord President, Robert “Nob” Rauch, WFDF President, and Volker Bernardi, WFDF Executive Director
WFDF had met with both candidates, Mr. Vizer and Mr. Lapasset, at the annual SportAccord convention in St. Petersburg prior to the election. During the meetings the candidates had provided an outline of their background and experience and given us an overview of their plans. “The General Assembly of Sportaccord had to decide between two very capable candidates for the Presidency. WFDF welcomes the election of Marius Vizer as President of Sportaccord and we are looking forward to working with him on the improvement of the opportunities for international sports federations,” commented WFDF President Robert “Nob” Rauch. “The plans of the new President to raise the profile of the non-Olympic sports sound particularly interesting.”
Mr. Vizer had another opportunity to meet with a WFDF representative during his trip to Japan on June 9-11. Mr. Fumio Morooka, long-time WFDF board member and former Sportaccord Council member, was asked by the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) to work with Mr. Vizer on their behalf and assist with the press conference and reception. Mr. Morooka also serves as President of the Asia Flying Disc Federation (AFDF).
Photo (from left to right): Fumio “Moro” Morooka, JFDA/AFDF President, Marius L. Vizer, Sportaccord President and Masakazu Honda, JFDA Board member.
Mr. Vizer has served as President of the International Judo Federation (IJF) since 2007 and is responsible for developing the World Judo Tour, cementing the sport's place as an integral sport at the Olympics, securing significant broadcast media and sponsorship, and initiating rule changes to make the sport more appealing to a wider audience.
Latest WFDF Communiques
28 September 2015 - Official Communication
Since 2011, fifty percent of the money that the WFDF received from the WFDF & BULA Continental and World Championships of Beach Ultimate has been put aside to invest in the development of Beach Ultimate worldwide.
Starting 2016 the WFDF will be allocating $ 5,000/year to fund ideas brought by Member Associations, or individuals, to develop Beach Ultimate. In 2016 the funds will be awarded to worthy programs aimed to start or fortify local/national Beach Ultimate leagues. The maximum amount that will be awarded for one project is $ 1,500, and smaller grant applications are encouraged.
The application procedure and form can be found here.
04 September 2015 - Official Communication
WFDF’s Ultimate Committee, Guts Committee and Board of Directors are seeking bids from potential host organizers for the upcoming sanctioned continental club events to be held in 2017:
WFDF Asia Oceanic Ultimate Club Championships 2017 (AOUCC
WFDF Pan American Ultimate Club Championships 2017 (PAUCC
WFDF Asia Oceanic Guts Club Championships 2017 (AOGCC
WFDF All Africa Ultimate Club Championship 2017 (AAUCC
The 2015 events, which are due to be held over the last quarter of 2015, are going to be held as follows:
AAUCC – Uganda. Sat 12th – Sun 13th September 2015 with 7 teams registered in 1 Division (Mixed)
AOGCC – Chinese Taipei. Sat 17th – Sun 18th October, 2015 with registration still open, 2 Divisions (Open, Women`s)
PAUC – Mexico. Wed 18th – Sat 21st November 2015 with 49 teams registered in 4 Divisions (Open, Women`s, Mixed, Open Masters)
AOUC –Hong Kong. Fri 27th – Sun 29th November 2015 with 25 teams registered in 3 Divisions (Open, Women`s, Mixed)
AOUC and PAUC (National teams) are held on a quadrennial basis alternating with the AOUCC and PAUCC (Club teams).
If you are interested in preparing a bid, we ask for initial indications of interest no later than 15th October 2015. The deadline for submitting completed bids for the above listed events is 1st December 2015, and it is anticipated that bids will be awarded no later than 20th February 2015 and the announcement for the event location will be 31st March 2016.
Please note that all bids must be sent in using the official WFDF bid templates which will be emailed to you upon receipt of your expression of interest.
For information about any of these events, the bidding process, or to confirm your expression of interest, please contact Karina Woldt, WFDF Event Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
02 September 2015 - Official Communication
WFDF is pleased to announce that the Congress has approved the Georgian Flying Disc Federation (GFDF) as regular and the Chilean Association of Ultimate (AChU) as provisional national members of the World Flying Disc Federation. The acceptance of these two member associations brings the WFDF membership to 65 member associations in 62 countries, adding two key countries in Eastern Europe and South America to the WFDF membership portfolio.
31 August 2015 - Official Communication
Today WFDF released an update to the World Ultimate Ranking list for WFDF member nations who have participated in major events over the past 4 years. This update takes into the account the recent results from the WFDF World Under 23 Ultimate Championships, held from July 11 to 18 in London.
Rankings are based on the finishing position of each country’s top team in each playing division from the most recent Ultimate events as follows:
- World Ultimate Club Championships (2014), WUCC
- World Ultimate and Guts Championships (2012), WUGC
- World Under-23 Ultimate Championships (2015), WU23
- World Ultimate Junior Championships (2014), WJUC
- World Championships of Beach Ultimate (2015), WCBU
“Points are accumulated based on the finishing position of the highest ranked team for each country in each playing division, with a maximum number of points awarded to the first place team equal to the number of countries participating in that division,” explained WFDF Ultimate Committee chair Brian Gisel. “The number of points awarded is reduced by 1 for each lower finishing position. For example, in a division with 10 different countries, the highest ranked country receives 10 points, the second ranked country receives 9 points, the third 8 points and so on. These rankings will be updated at the conclusion of each major event listed above.”
21 August 2015 - Official Communication
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) is pleased to announce that two additional discs for WFDF and USA Ultimate (USAU) championship-level competition have been approved. The Discraft UltraStar, Web Mold II – Hot Stamp and the Yikun Sports UltiPro both were granted championship-level approval by the Disc Standards Working Group. The approval of these two discs brings the total of WFDF and USA Ultimate championship-approved discs to seven – five of which are manufactured by Discraft with a variety of molds and printing processes.
09 August 2015 - Official Communication
Today the World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) released its updated list of average Spirit of the Game scores by country. Inspired by the recently published WFDF Power Rankings, and started as an exercise in curiosity, this list takes into account all the teams from each country at relevant World Championships over the past four years, including the Spirit scores from the recent World Championships of Beach Ultimate in Dubai and the U23 in London. Find the full list here.
05 August 2015 - Official Communication
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) is pleased to announce that it has appointed Rob McLeod, also known as “Frisbee Rob,” as WFDF Director of Communications and Global Media. This newly created volunteer position will assist the officers and executive staff in the daily media and networking services like issuing media releases, identifying content and managing WFDF’s Facebook and Twitter pages, and improving the existing presence on youtube and other video platforms.
“We are extremely pleased that we were able to find someone with the media and promotion experience that Rob has within the Flying Disc sports community,” stated WFDF President Robert “Nob” Rauch. “WFDF needs to take better advantage of the evolving opportunities in social media in order to better communicate with all of WFDF’s stakeholders and audience. Rob recently spent time with the WFDF officers and staff in London for the World U23 Ultimate Championships. We had previously discussed this role with Rob and, after the WFDF Congress last weekend and hearing all of the work that the national flying disc federations are doing to grow the sport, Rob decided to enthusiastically accept this role.”
02 August 2015 - Official Communication
WFDF is pleased to announce that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) today has granted full recognition to the World Flying Disc Federation at its 128th Session in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Established in 1985 and celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2015, the WFDF is composed of 62 national member associations on five continents. WFDF had received provisional recognition by the IOC in May 2013.
“The sport of Flying Disc has been granted full recognition by the International Olympic Committee today and WFDF is extremely honored and humbled by the decision and support shown by the IOC Session for our sport today. We are very thankful to the IOC membership, the Executive Board and its administration, in particular to the IOC Sport Department and staff, for their guidance and support during the period since WFDF was provisionally recognized by the IOC Executive Board in May 2013,” stated WFDF President Robert “Nob” Rauch.
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