Press Release * Official Communication
Peace and Sport and WFDF unite to facilitate social integration of the most vulnerable in Colombia
26 July 2013
More than 150 educators and beneficiaries of the project "Ultimate por la Paz" supported by Peace and Sport and the World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) gathered last weekend in Cali for the "Community Hat Tournament," highlight of the social responsibility program of the Colombian Ultimate Federation (AJUC).
One year after signing a partnership to use and promote the sport of Ultimate Frisbee as a tool for peace education and social integration, Peace and Sport and WFDF are starting their concrete cooperation in Colombia supporting the National Federation.
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WFDF 2013 World Under 23 Ultimate Championships officially opened in Toronto, Canada
23 July 2013
The warm, sunny weather was perfect for the opening ceremonies and kickoff showcase game of the WFDF 2013 World Under 23 Championships in Toronto, Canada, on Sunday afternoon. First nation dancers lead the 36 teams representing countries from around the world into the opening ceremonies. The players’ enthusiasm was particularly well highlighted by the gymnastic talents displayed by the Japanese player who, instead of walking in, entered the ceremonies with backhand springs. Jason Robinson, Co-Tournament Director and GM of the Toronto Ultimate Club, was the Master of Ceremonies and after a blessing from an aboriginal elder, WFDF President Robert "Nob" Rauch greeted all the players and spectators.
WFDF newsletter Archives Updated
10 July 2013
WFDF is pleased to announce that it is making publicly available a significant part of its history. The WFDF Newsletters from 1985 to 1996 have been digitally scanned and are now available on the web site. Johan Lindgren, who had served as WFDF Secretary from 1985 to 1994 had singlehandedly prepared and distributed between one and four newsletters in each year of his tenure. Lindgren also served as Treasurer from 1989 to 1998.
“We are really excited to be able to share so much of the early history of WFDF and international disc sports,” stated WFDF President Robert “Nob” Rauch. “I was excited when I contacted Johan and he confirmed that he had a complete archive of the Newsletters in paper form for that period. We have come a long ways over the last nearly 30 years and this archive provides a useful perspective in light of our recent recognition by the IOC. Johan himself deserves to be recognized for the very important contribution he made to WFDF and global disc sports, as it was his steady presence, dedication, and hard work that sustained WFDF in its formative first decade.”
The Newsletter archive can be found here.
BULA/WFDF 2013 European Championships of Beach Ultimate final results
09 July 2013
The 2013 BULA/WFDF European Championships of Beach Ultimate (ECBU) in Calafell Platja, Spain, came to a close with a victory by Team Sweden over Ireland 12-4 in the featured Mixed division final. A total of 1,150 players from 23 countries participated in the largest Beach Ultimate event ever co-hosted by the Beach Ultimate Lovers Association (BULA) and the World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) in the seven divisions: Open, Women’s, Mixed, Open Masters, Women’s Masters, Mixed Masters and Grand Masters. In the other finals on the last day of the event in a wonderful and always sunny setting on the Calafell Beaches, Switzerland defeated Great Britain 11-8 in the Open division while in the women’s division Russia bested Switzerland with a 13-9 score.
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WFDF Congress approves Turkey and Ukraine as regular members
08 July 2013
WFDF is pleased to announce that the Congress has approved the Flying Disc Players Association of Turkey (Oyunun Ruhu Derneği - ORD) and the Ukrainian Flying Disc Federation (UFDF) as regular national member associations of the World Flying Disc Federation. The approval given by Congress to FDPAT-ORD and UFDF brings WFDF to a membership of 59 member associations in 56 countries.
The BULA/WFDF 2013 European Championships of Beach Ultimate (ECBU2013) are running
29 June 2013
The BULA/WFDF 2013 European Championships of Beach Ultimate (ECBU2013) are running and on live.ecbu2013.org the fans can find all online coverage of the BULA/WFDF event which is held on Calafell Beach, Tarragona (Spain) 27-30 June 2013.
Since Thursday the tournament has been blessed with fantastic weather and the Tournament Organising Committee (TOC) gets compliments for their preparations and operations of the event.
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.
BULA/WFDF European Championships of Beach Ultimate 2013 – communication and media platforms launched
12 June 2013
The Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the BULA/WFDF 2013 European Championships of Beach Ultimate (ECBU2013) has launched the media platforms and communication plan for the event.
LOC opened up live.ecbu2013.org. This will be the basis of all online coverage of the BULA/WFDF event which will be held on Calafell Beach, Tarragona (Spain) 27-30 June 2013. This premier Beach Ultimate event will feature 1,150 athletes from 23 nations in 7 divisions of play.
World Flying Disc Federation Receives Recognition by the International Olympic Committee
31 May 2013
The Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided on Friday the 31st of May 2013 to grant the World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) provisional IOC recognition during their meeting in St Petersburg (Russia). WFDF serves as the international sports governing body of all flying disc sports.
“WFDF welcomes this recognition to join the Olympic family and we confirm the commitment of the flying disc community to the ideals set out in the Olympic Charter,” stated WFDF President Robert “Nob” Rauch. “Our strong value of “spirit of the game” on the field of play and off of it has always reflected these principles. We thank the IOC Executive Board and administration for their support and encouragement, and our Member Associations, board of directors, and athletes for their enthusiasm and commitment to this process.”
WFDF Congress approves Iceland as a regular national member
07 May 2013
WFDF is pleased to announce that the Congress has accepted the Frisbee Sport Federation of Iceland (FSFI) as a regular national member association of the World Flying Disc Federation.
“The approval of Iceland as a full regular member shows the ongoing support of our member associations for recognizing new Flying Disc nations. Iceland has been a WFDF provisional member for several years before this upgrade and their membership status results in all Nordic countries now being WFDF regular member associations,” commented WFDF President Robert “Nob” Rauch.
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