WFDF Receives Full Recognition From International Olympic Committee

A big day for WFDF in its 30th year.

Photo: WFDF.
Photo: WFDF.

The World Flying Disc Federation was granted full recognition by the International Olympic Committee today at the IOC meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

“WFDF is extremely honored and humbled by the decision and support shown by the IOC Session for our sport today,” said WFDF President Robert “Nob Rauch in a statement. “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.”

Back in 2013, the IOC gave temporary recognition to WFDF but asked them to improve in a number of areas prior to receiving full recognition two years later.

“Since 2013, we have successfully implemented most of the recommendations made by the IOC promulgating best practices for a sport [international federation,” said Rauch. “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.”

This move from the IOC was expected, but it is still a vital step towards ultimate’s future Olympic hopes.

  1. Charlie Eisenhood
    Charlie Eisenhood

    Charlie Eisenhood is the editor-in-chief of Ultiworld. You can reach him by email ([email protected]) or on Twitter (@ceisenhood).

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