International Olympic Committee grants full recognition to the World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF)
02 August 2015
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.
“This is an incredible milestone in the 30 year history of WFDF and a further important step for our International Federation in the development of our sport worldwide. There could be no bigger anniversary present to WFDF, which was launched in August 1985, and we are looking forward to continuing to work with the IOC as our partner in promoting Flying Disc sports around the globe. Since 2013, we have successfully implemented most of the recommendations made by the IOC promulgating best practices for a sport IF,” continued Rauch. “Since 2013, we have established Continental Associations on all continents, increased number of WFDF national member associations to 62 and the number of associations recognized by the National Olympic Committees to 11, focused on the development of organized activity in Africa, modified the WFDF governance structures to increase the influence of athletes in the decision-making process, and further supported the global growth of Flying Disc sport. Today’s decision will give a further boost to our efforts to increasing the presence of Flying Disc sports in all countries and on all continents.”
WFDF today represents 65 member associations in 62 countries and holds major World Championships in Ultimate Frisbee, Beach Ultimate, Guts, Disc Golf, Freestyle and Field events regularly in Open, Women`s and Mixed divisions of all age categories.
Picture: The IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur following the WFDF presentation video (IOC website screenshot - www.olympic.org).
A dramatic day of semi-final upsets and final round action brought the inaugural PDGA-WFDF Team Disc Golf World Championships, presented by DGA, to a climax today in Vancouver, Canada. Team Canada and Japan had appeared to be the favourites to advance to the finals after they finished first and second after three days of regulation play, but the Americans rolled to gold after they and the Kiwis both squeaked by the leaders in the semifinals. The event was held from August 18-21, 2016 in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia. Six countries -- Australia, Brasil, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, and the USA -- competed in this inaugural Team Disc Golf World Championships. The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) co-hosted the event along with the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA).
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) is pleased to announce that the first ever PDGA-WFDF 2016 Team Disc Golf World Championships, presented by DGA, is being held from August 18-21, 2016 in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia. Six countries from the Americas, East Asia and Oceania, including Japan, USA, Brasil, Australia, New Zealand, and the hosts, Canada, will be competing for the medals and the honor of being crowned the inaugural Team Disc Golf World Champions. WFDF is co-hosting the event with the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA).
WFDF is pleased to announce that it is launching the second ever Global Disc Sports Community Survey. This questionnaire has been designed to gather input from athletes, coaches, administrators, tournament directors, and anyone else involved with disc sports from around the globe. WFDF hopes to get as much participation as possible in this online survey, which can be found here . The survey is open as of today and will close on 18 September 2016.
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) 2016 World Junior (Under-20) Ultimate Championships (WJUC) concluded Saturday, August 6 with the Canadian Women's and the USA Men's teams winning gold at the Polemarsowe Fields in Wroclaw in front of 1,500 enthusiastic local and international spectators. Silver was awarded to the USA Women's and Canadian Men's teams. Bronze medals went to the Colombian Women's team and the Great Britain Men's team who won the 3rd place game Friday. The Ireland Women's team and the Australian Men's team won the Spirit of the Game awards.
Day 3 of the WFDF 2016 World Junior Ultimate Championships (WJUC) saw the end of the pool play. 16 teams in the men’s division and 12 in the women’s have advanced to the next round remaining on the path to the medal rounds.
One of these 16 teams still aiming for gold are the hosts Poland who lost to a strong Japanese men’s team by the score of 15-13. “We knew that in our opponent we faced a fast, well drilled and very technically skilled team, but our height advantage and heart were our secret weapon” said Polish MVP Bwire Ekonjo, who scored 6 of the Polish points. The Polish women’s had a narrow loss to Great Britain losing in “universe point” 13-12, putting them out of the running for medals.
Day 2 of the WFDF 2016 World Junior Ultimate Championships (WJUC) on 1st August 2016 saw 49 games played today at the Polemarsowe Fields in Wroclaw.
Today’s cooler weather was well received by athletes after a hot and muggy first day. Groundsmen went above and beyond to ensure the fields were in top playing condition, taking water off some fields using a giant sponge before athletes arrived at the venue. The overnight rain created perfect field conditions, softening some of the harder fields.
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) is pleased to announce that the WFDF 2017 Pan American Ultimate Club Championships (PAUCC 2017) will be staged in Cañuelas City, 40 kms outside of Buenos Aires, Argentina. PAUCC will be staged from 14th-19th November, 2017 at the Dirck Henry Kloosterman Recrational Center and will be run with the support of the PanAmerican Flying Disc Federation. The Tournament Organizing Committee (TOC) Espiritu Sudaka is a non-profit sports organization which has hosted the popular annual “Espiritu Sudaka” Ultimate Tournament for the past 7 years.
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) 2016 World Junior Ultimate Championships (WJUC) began today in Wroclaw with an opening ceremony and showcase game taking place at the Polemarsowe Fields in front of a thousand enthusiastic local and international spectators.
A total of 988 athletes representing 49 teams from 29 countries playing the sport of Ultimate will contest the Men’s and Women’s divisions at WJUC. The event runs from today, July 31st, through August 6th, 2016. The Tournament brings together the best U20 players from in the world, with 640 young men and 348 young women athletes. The week long competition will culminate in the finals to be played on August 6th at 11am (Women’s) and 1pm (Men’s).
WFDF is pleased to congratulate the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) on the 40th anniversary of the founding of the organization. Disc Golf is the second largest discipline within the sport of "flying disc" and has been experiencing exponential growth in the last decade. To commemorate this special anniversary, we put together a video of many disc golf hall of famers and long time frisbee players wishing the PDGA a Happy Birthday. Enjoy!
The PDGA has posted a short history of the sport and its association which can be found on its website here or can be accessed for download in pdf form here.
The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) is pleased to announce that the WFDF 2017 All Africa Ultimate Club Championships (AAUCC 2017) will be held in Nairobi, Kenya from Friday 2nd June to Sunday 4th June 2017 at the Kenya Science Campus of the University of Nairobi, with the championship games to be played at the Nyayo Stadium. AAUCC will contest the mixed division and expects 10-12 teams from around the Continent to participate.