International Mind Sports Association
Press Release from the World Bridge Federation
Friday 3rd June
On the occasion of the Sport Accord Congress, held in Berlin, Germany
on 19th April 2005
- The World Bridge Federation (WBF) represented by Mr. J. Damiani,
- The International Chess Federation (FIDE) represented by Mr. G.
Makropoulos, Deputy President and Mr. D. Jarrett, Treasurer
- The World Federation of the Draught Games (FMJD) represented by
Mr. W. Van Beeck, Vice-President
- The International GO Federation (IGF) represented by Mr E. Puyt,
Vice-President and Mr. R. Yamamoto, General Manager.
met together under the aegis of the General Association of
International Sports Federations (GAISF).
And decided to constitute the International Mind Sports Association
The aim of this Association is to engage in a dialogue with the
International Olympic Committee for the organization of the World Mind
Games – Intellympiads - to be held in the Olympic cities following the
Winter or Summer Games at a time to be mutually agreed.
This project would have the advantage of using the infrastructures
already put into place for the Olympic Games and re-utilizing the teams
of volunteers. The final objective, beyond the factual, is of course to
facilitate the admission of the national federations of these mind
sports into their respective National Olympic Committees.
The Association intends to work towards the recognition of the
quality of teaching these disciplines lavished on young people and which
helps them considerably in their curriculum (career path).
The Association will therefore work in liaison with – in addition to
the IOC and the GAISF – UNESCO and the UN, as it is convinced of its
capacity to improve the level of education in the world and to
participate in a more peaceful entente through the practice of these
Contacts will be made with other potential world scale sponsors to
ensure that these games are profitable, without weighing on the budgets
of the federations concerned, while at the same time welcoming national
delegations in the best possible economic conditions, in particular
through free board and lodging.
In its statutes, the IMSA has provided for the unanimity of the four
founders before accepting new members. It will specially be taken in
account the quality of the competitions organized by the candidates.
The IMSA will be administrated by an Executive Committee composed of
José Damiani - President
George Makropoulos - Deputy President
Erik Puyt - General Secretary
Wouter Van Beeck - Treasurer
Jean-Claude Schupp - Honorary Secretary
Contact for IMSA