GAISF Approves Three New Members

By Taruka Srivastav | November 10, 2020

GAISF has welcomed the International Teqball Federation (FITEQ) as a full Member, while the Association of Paralympic Sports Organisations (APSO) and the World Transplant Games Federation (WTGF) were both approved as Associated Members.

The applications of all three new Members were approved during the General Assembly via a robust and secure voting system provided by Lumi.

“GAISF is delighted to welcome FITEQ, APSO and WTGF as members of our diverse family of sports and those who support them,” said GAISF President Raffaele Chiulli. “All of these organisations embody and promote the values of inclusivity and unity. They now join an invaluable support network, and GAISF looks forward to continuing to support all of these organisations in the years to come.”

The International Teqball Federation (FITEQ) becomes the latest International Sports Federation (IF) to progress from Observer status to full membership following the approval of its application. The IF is the governing body for the fast-developing sport of teqball, which has quickly gained popularity globally. FITEQ will now join the Alliance of Independent Recognised Members of Sport (AIMS), where the IF will continue its journey in promoting teqball worldwide.

FITEQ General Secretary Marius Vizer Jr said: “We are honoured to be welcomed into the GAISF family as a full member. Today is a day of celebration for everyone at FITEQ, as it is recognition of the global development of our sport. In particular, I want to thank our National Federations who have been the driving force of our growth. We have made great strides in recent years and we will continue to chase our dream of taking our sport to every country in the world.

“Becoming a full GAISF member is an important step in that journey and we are grateful for the support and guidance GAISF has given us. We also want to share our appreciation of the trust demonstrated by the international sport family in accepting our membership. We will now look to use the momentum of this landmark moment to make 2021 another record-breaking year and continue to introduce our sport to people around the world.”

The Association of Paralympic Sports Organisations (APSO) aims to protect and promote the interests of its members and athletes within the Paralympic movement. As a collective association consisting of 17 International Federations and sports organisations, APSO is committed to providing a collective voice to ensure that its sports and athletes are given the opportunity, visibility and awareness they deserve.

Established in 1978, the World Transplant Games Federation (WTGF) organises the Summer and Winter World Transplant Games. The organisation’s main focus is to raise awareness for the benefits of organ donation by showcasing the health and fitness that can be achieved post-transplant. And by celebrating successful transplantation in its two flagship Games, WTGF strives to inspire all recipients, giving them motivation to strive towards full rehabilitation through exercise and healthy living.

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