Congress approval brings WFDF’s member nations to 100 countries
The World Flying Disc Federation (“WFDF”) is proud to announce that its Congress has approved the Ghana Flying Disc Association (GFDA), the Nigeria Flying Disc Association (NFDSA), the Malagasy Flying Disc League (MFDL), the Serbian Flying Disc Association (SFDA) and the Frisbee Federation of the Kyrgyz Republic (FFKR) as its newest national Members, increasing WFDF’s membership to 100 member National Federations (NFs).
“We are very proud to bring WFDF’s membership to 100 national federations, which represents a tremendous milestone for our International Federation,” commented WFDF President Robert “Nob” Rauch. “It is a testament to the universality of Flying Disc as a truly global sporting movement, especially under the highly restrictive conditions caused by the pandemic.
“As we outlined in May, the second round of membership admissions in 2021 focused on Africa, where we added three new Federations, with the other two in eastern Europe and central Asia. WFDF’s Development Programme, in close cooperation with our continental associations in Africa (AAFDF), America (PAFDF), Asia-Oceania (AOFDF), and Europe (EFDF), continues to move forward down the pathway to add even more members after our thorough admission process. With significant flying disc activity in another two dozen countries which are not yet members, we have targeted getting to 120 national federations by 2024.”
Ghana Flying Disc Association (GFDA) President Desmond Kwame Mantey said “The GFDA is most pleased to announce that we are officially part of the World Flying Disc Federation community. The introduction of disc sports in Ghana has aroused the desire of much more youth to participate in sports in Ghana. The interest among the youth has been electrifying in these past few months. The passion seems to know no bounds as it has attracted the interest and support of ministers, parliamentarians, and traditional leaders alike. When support was sought from the World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF), the global body did not hesitate to grant our request and has offered great organizational support to the GFDA. The disc sports game is still making waves and the possibilities are endless in Ghana. The pandemic has in no small way made life difficult for us but today, we are glad that our name has been added to the world’s flying disc national associations and we will work hard to contribute to the promotion of the game in Ghana. We are grateful to all entities that have in various ways played their parts in making the journey this far. And our gratitude cannot be complete without reiterating our commitment to work hand in hand with member associations, other national associations, and the WFDF in advancing the goals and objectives of WFDF.”
Salawu Mumini Jamiu, President of Nigeria Flying Disc Association (NFDSA), commented “We are honored to be a member of the World Flying Disc Federation. The Nigeria Flying Disc Sport Association since 2019 has been passionate about Flying Disc sports across Nigeria, spreading the Spirit of the Game, teaching personal accountability, responsible decision making, promoting gender equality, conflict resolution skills, training to improve the quality of our athletes and of course creating public awareness. We hope to transmit all the values and principles behind Flying Disc sports to both the younger and elder generations of our country to help them grow and live with peace, unity, love, and more possibilities. We are very thankful and express our gratitude to WFDF for the help and support throughout the membership process; we are looking forward to participating in the coming events and being part of this great frisbee family.”
Ratsimandresy A. Kiady P., President of the Malagasy Flying Disc League (MFDL), stated “We are honored to be a member of the World Flying Disc Federation. Since 2019, the Malagasy Flying Disc League has been passionate about Flying Disc Sport across Madagascar, fostering relationships in a respectful manner with the spirit of the game, supporting people and teams in achieving their goals, and striving for professionalism in all our activities. We are open and honest in communication with our membership and we deliver programs, services, and activities in a candid and honorable manner. Through collaboration, we listen, inspire, educate and support our participants. We hope to transmit all the values behind Flying Disc sports to all the generations of our country. We are very thankful and express our gratitude to WFDF for the help and support throughout the membership process. We look forward to participating in upcoming events and being part of this great Frisbee family.”
Serbian Flying Disc Association (SFDA) President Milan Todorović said: “We are truly happy and proud to become a new member of the WFDF family! We are confident that this step will be a huge milestone in the development of flying disc sports in Serbia and throughout the region of Southeast Europe. Recognition by WFDF will help us promote values we all share and we hope we will be able to attract many new players through various projects we intend to fulfill in the future. On behalf of all our members, the Serbian Flying Disc Association would like to thank WFDF for the acceptance and we promise to work harder than ever to grow the sport and share the joy and passion for flying disc sports in our country and the region.”
Frisbee Federation of the Kyrgyz Republic (FFKR) President Seiidov Seiidali commented: “Since 2014 we have been developing flying disc sports in the Kyrgyz Republic and, in 2021, we officially registered our federation. Our task is to provide the younger generation with the opportunity to grow not only in training but also in life. We are very grateful and express our gratitude to WFDF for the opportunity to become a part of WFDF. We look forward to participating in upcoming world championships and becoming part of this great global community.”