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IOC-IWGA Contract for World Games

Dear Presidents,
I have received many requests from Federations to receive once again the contract between the IOC and International World Games Association (IWGA), as mentioned in my message giving preliminary information regarding the Akita World Games sent to you this morning. This contract illustrates clearly the importance that the World Games have assumed in relation to the IOC and in consequence, the IWSF's Olympic Project. In light of these requests, I am resending you the contract in attachment, along with some relevant points highlighted in the original message (dated November 22, 2000) to which the contract was attached:

I would like to ask your special attention for the first document, the contract between the IOC and the IWGA. As we all hope, not only from a point of view of image but also from an economic point of view in future, this contract is the sign for a closer relationship between the IOC and the Federations that are not Olympic, but that however have been recognized by the IOC and that are part of the IWGA.

The IOC has finally realized that the pressure on all non-Olympic Federations that want to become Olympic is enormous. The amount of energy spent by the Federation in the attempt to become Olympic has been enormous as well from the human and economic point of view. Now, in the context of reducing the Olympic dimension it has become indispensable for the IOC to increase the "value" of the Federations which are non-Olympic, but which are part of the IWGA and therefore to increase the importance of the multisport event of the World Games.

I personally believe that in the near future, when the new President of the IOC signs the contracts for the Olympic Games in 2008, he may also sign contracts which may bring substantial support to the Federations of the IWGA. This is why, dear Presidents, it is of extreme importance that (if we do not become Olympic for 2004) we make the best possible manifestation (in quality) for the next World Games in 2001.

As always, I am at your disposal for any other information.
Best regards,

Graziano Tognala
Secretary General IWSF


MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN THE INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE (IOC) AND THE INTERNATIONAL WORLD GAMES ASSOCIATION (IWGA)

The lnternational Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International World Games Association (IWGA) share the same value of promoting physical and sporting activities for the well-being of society.

The IOC recognises the importance of the World Games as a multi-sport event and agrees to support the IWGA and provide assistance based on the following principles:

The IOC will provide its expertise when needed and will maintain its cooperation with the IWGA through its Department of Sports, Olympic Games Coordination and Relations with International Federations, and will help to promote IWGAs activities within the Olympic Movement.

The IOC agrees to grant its patronage to Organising Committees of the World Games and to provide technical assistance through the transfer of knowledge programme.

The IWGA recognises the importance for athletes and officials in all sports to participate as a national multi-sport delegation at the World Games, and will therefore implement this new concept in future World Games.

The IOC will encourage the National Olympic Committees (NOCs) to support and assist their national multi-sport delegations taking part in the World Games.

The IWGA is willing to review and further develop the sports programme of the World Games with the help and input of the IOC.

The IWGA accepts that disciplines/events of sports that are not on the Olympic Games programme could be included on the programme of the World Games.

The IWGA shall ensure that only sports whose International Sports Federations are recognised by the IOC (ASOIF, AIOWF, ARISF), are full members of GAISF, or existing members of the IWGA, will be included in the World Games programme.

The IWGA shall continue to develop a dose working relationship with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

The IOC also agrees to grant funding to the Organising Committee of the World Games for doping control, according to the Olympic Movement Anti-Doping Code.

 

 

Done in Monte Carlo, Monaco, on this 27th day of October 2000.

 

 

 

Ron Froehlich        Juan Antonio Samaranch
President
International World Games
Association
President
International Olympic Committee
 

Letter from Juan Antonio Samaranch

Lausanne

Ref. No /97/

 

Dear Sir / Madam,

As you aware, the World Games is a quadrennial multi-sport event, governed by the International World Games Association (IWGA). The program is comprised of sports not in the program of the Games of the Olympiad, with number of athletes totaling between 2,500 and 3,000 in 25-30 sports. The 1997 World Games were held in Lahti (FIN) and the 2001 World Games are to he held in Akita (JPN). The I\VGA also has close links to the Association of TOC Recognised International Sports Federations (ARISF).

At the 1997 World Games, the IOC announced its commitment to supporting the World Games and the IWGA, and since that time we have further developed our support and collaboration. This support is beneficial in assisting the development of this important multi-sports event through the provision of advice and experience to the IWGA, resulting in the development of the sports on the programme of the World Games.

In recent months, discussions have been held with the IWGA regarding the formalisation of a closer relationship between the International Olympic Committee and the JWGA. A memorandum of understanding was signed to this effect between the organisations on the occasion of the IWGA Annual General Assembly, Monte Carlo (MON), 24-26 October 2000.

Further to this agreement, we would like to request a further review of the possibility of increasing the level of support of your National Olympic Committee for your national delegation to the 2001 World Games.

In previous World Games, athletes and teams have been organised by the sport in which they are participating, with little organisational integration between national representatives in the various sports. However, the important aspect of athletes competing as a national delegation has been addressed by the IOC and the IWGA, and at the 2001 Akita World Games, delegations will parade by country under their national flag, and have national uniforms.

This important development also increases the need for a central administrative structure and other-similar support for participating national delegations.

The World Games is an important occasion of participation in a world multi-sport event, provides an opportunity for the mixing of athletes from a variety of sports as part of a collective national team, and for many participating sports represents a pinnacle of their competition at the elite level.

In order to maximise the experience of your athletes at the World Games, and to utilise your expertise in the preparation and administration of a national delegation at a large multi-sport event, your efforts to support the delegation of your nation at the 2001 World Games would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your understanding in this matter.

 

 

Juan Antonio SAMARANCH


GUIDELINES SET FORTH BY THE INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE FOR THE NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEES CONCERNING THE 2001 WORLD GAMES
 
Dear Federation Presidents,
 
It is with pleasure that I send to you below His Excellency Juan Antonio Samaranch's message to the National Olympic Committees. It is important at this point that your Federation, which will have Athletes in representation participating in the 2001 World Games, contact the other sport Federations from your country, which will also be participating in the World Games.
 
The idea is to present a united front, and petition your National Olympic Committee (NOC), sensitizing them to the necessity of forming a national delegation for the World Games, and thus having the NOCs provide National Uniforms and National Flags for the Athletes. This is clearly indicated in Samaranch's letter below which establishes guidelines  for the National Olympic Committees concerning the World Games, following the IWGA - IOC agreement in Montecarlo which took place on October 22, 2000, and of which you were sent copy attached to my e-mail dated November 22, 2000.
 
Best regards,
Graziano Tognala
Secretary General
International Water Ski Federation (IWSF)
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International Olympic Committee                                                   
To:
All National Olympic Committees
Cc: IWGA
Lausanne, 26th January 2001
Ref. No C/252/2001/GMF/KML/dsr
 
Re: World Games - Akita 2001
 
Dear Sir / Madam,
 
As you are aware, the World Games is a quadrennial multi-sport event, governed by the International World Games Association (IWGA).  The program is comprised of sports or disciplines not in the program of the Games of the Olympiad, with number of athletes totalling between 2,500 and 3,000 in 25-30 sports. 
 
The 5th World Games were held in Lahti (FIN)
in 1997, and the 2001 World Games are to be held in Akita (JPN), 16-26 August.  The IWGA also has close links to the Association of IOC Recognized International Sports
Federations (ARISF).
 
At the 1997 World Games, the International Olympic Committee announced its commitment to supporting the World Games and the IWGA, and since that time we have further developed our support and collaboration.  This support is beneficial in assisting the development of this important multi-sports event through the provision of advice and experience to the IWGA, resulting in the development of the sports on the programme of the World Games.
 
In recent months, discussions have been held with the IWGA regarding the formalisation of a closer relationship between the IOC and the IWGA.  A memorandum of understanding was signed to this effected between the organisations in Monte Carlo (MON), on 27th October 2000 .
 
In previous World Games, athletes and teams have been organised by the federation of the sports in which they are participating, with little organisational integration between national representatives in the various sports.  However, the important aspect of athletes competing as
a national delegation has been addressed by the IOC and the IWGA, and at the 2001 Akita World Games, delegations will parade by country under their national flag, and have national uniforms.
 
In the past, a number of teams have been organised as multi-sport national delegations under the initiative of their respective NOC, and we would like you to consider such a possibility for your participating athletes at future Games.  The World Games is an important occasion of
participation in a world multi-sport event, provides an opportunity for the mixing of athletes from a variety of sports as part of a collective national delegation, and for many participating sports represents a pinnacle of their competition at the elite level.
 
In order to maximise the experience of the athletes at the World Games, your efforts to utilise your administrative expertise to support the delegation of your nation at the 2001 World Games would be greatly appreciated.
 
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in this regard.
 
Yours faithfully,
Juan Antonio SAMARANCH
Marqus de Samaranch
 

 

Message to 2001 World Games and National and International Olympic Committees

Dear Federation Presidents,

In reference to the message which I sent you yesterday (below), and in order to facilitate contacts between the individual National Federations and those of other sports federations particpating in the World Games in Akita, you will find below a list of the Official sports for the 2001 World Games.

Again, I urge you to contact these other sport federations in order to petition under a united front your National Olympic Committee to support (economically and with the supply of National Uniforms and National Flags) the formation of national delegations for the 2001 World Games, as put forth in the guidelines established by Samaranch in his letter dated January 26.

The other official sports present at the 2001 World Games in Akita are:

  1. Ju Jitsu
  2. Rollerskating
  3. Finswimming
  4. Life Saving
  5. Faustball
  6. Rugby
  7. Sports Acrobatics
  8. Trampoline
  9. Tumbling
  10. Sports Aerobics
  11. Rhythmic Gymnastics
  12. Dance Sport
  13. Body Building
  14. Powerlifting
  15. Orienteering
  16. Field Archery
  17. Billiards
  18. Boules Sports
  19. Casting
  20. Flying Disc
  21. Tug of War
  22. Karate
  23. Parachuting
  24. Korfball
  25. Bowling

Complete List of IWSF Invited Athletes and Officials