A special meeting took place in Bangkok between the newly elected SportAccord President, Mr Patrick Baumann, an IOC Member and also the FIBA Secretary General. Mr Baumann paid a visit to AIMS President and IFMA Secretary General Mr Stephan Fox, who congratulated the new SportAccord president on his election and in turn, Mr Baumann extended congratulations to AIMS for recently gaining IOC recognition.

SportAccord is the umbrella organisation for all Olympic and non-Olympic intermational sport federations as well as organisers of multi–sport and sport related international associations. Mr Baumann was elected president at the last SportAccord General Assembly in Lausanne, on the 22nd of April 2016.

Mr Baumann discussed with Mr Fox his vision on the future of SportAccord and the multi-sport Games such as the World Combat Games, Mind Games and possibly the Urban Games. They also discussed the importance of the cooperation between all members of SportAccord grouped together in the 5 umbrella bodies that are ARISF, ASOIF, AIOWF, AIMS and the Associate Members.

The Mr Fox thanked Mr Baumann on behalf of all 23 AIMS members and is looking forward to a fruitful cooperation within SportAccord and the IOC.

SportAccord President, Mr Baumann with AIMS President, Mr Fox in Bangkok