The GAISF General Assembly 2021 last week welcomed the International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) as a full Member and approved Associate Member applications from the Association of Pan American Sports Confederations (ACODEPA) and World Martial Arts Masterships Committee (WMC).

Newly-elected GAISF President Ivo Ferriani said:

“We are delighted to welcome three new Members to the diverse family of sport that is GAISF and we look forward to supporting them on the next stage of their journeys. It is clear that the IPSC, ACODEPA and WMC have all worked tirelessly to fulfil the membership criteria, and I have no doubt they will continue to improve, develop and work for the benefit of sport in the years ahead.”

The International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) manages the sport of practical shooting which is a highly dynamic discipline consisting of shooting multiple targets at various distances from multiple locations. The IPSC uses shooting ranges and promotes the safe and recreational use of firearms by persons of good character. It becomes the latest International Sports Federation to join the Alliance of Independent Recognised Members of Sport (AIMS), where it will continue its journey to promote and advance the sport of practical shooting worldwide.

The Association of Pan American Sports Confederations (ACODEPA) is constituted by the Pan American Sports Confederations or Continental Sports Organisations recognised by their respective International Federation. It aims to promote the development of the different sports disciplines affiliated, coordinate efforts in the development of Pan American sport and works together with Panam Sports to help ensure the successful delivery of the Pan American Games and other regional sports competitions.

The World Martial Arts Masterships Committee (WMC) is an international martial arts organisation which aims to realise the value of martial arts and pass down their intangible cultural heritage to the next generation. WMC also focuses on martial arts’ power to promote peace, solidarity and fairness.

AIMS President and GAISF Vice President stated,

“The AIMS family is extremely proud to welcome the IPSC as a new member. They have been working very closely with the GAISF administration and membership commission to ensure all criteria were fulfilled. The cooperation between the IOC sports department, the GAISF membership commission and the GAISF council is an important one, as this ensures the importance of the Olympic pyramid. The recognition by GAISF means the entry point. As a recognised sport and you become a full member of AIMS and from there, the cooperation continues between the IOC, AIMS, ARISF and GAISF so the sports can strive for individual IOC recognition. In 2021 6 former AIMS members joined the ARISF family as the IOC granted full recognition to, International Sambo Federation, World Lacrosse, The World Association of Kickboxing Organizations, International Federation Icestocksport, International Cheer Union, International Federation of Muaythai Associations. Now with the IPSC the AIMS family counts 20 full members and 11 observers.”