The World Flying Disc Federation ("WFDF") is pleased to announce that its Congress has accepted Bolivia, Cambodia, Rwanda, and Uruguay as new WFDF member associations. With the acceptance of these four new national member associations, WFDF now has 71 member associations in 69 countries.
"After a thorough and multi-year development and evaluation process conducted by WFDF in close co-operation with the new member associations, the applications sent in by the BFDA, CFDA, RUFA and UFU were accepted by the WFDF Congress upon recommendation of the Board of Directors unanimously," commented WFDF President Robert "Nob" Rauch. "I am extremely delighted about this announcement of the approval of these four new members, particularly given that we continue to grow on our emerging continents, with two new members in South America, one from Africa and another from Asia. This shows the great success of our development work including the coaching skills clinics and development grants which we allocate every year. We are looking forward to approving six more new members in the first half of 2017 as these are in close contact with us working on the approval process."
The CFDA (Cambodia) representative Jared Cahners stated: "The Cambodian Flying Disc Association (CFDA) is very proud to be the newest member of the World Flying Disc Federation. The members and board of the CFDA have worked very hard to expand the reach of disc sports in Cambodia. WFDF membership not only will help us to continue our efforts and expand our development programs, but also brings with it the responsibility to be a leader for other programs in Asia and beyond. We are excited for the new opportunities and challenges ahead. Thank you to the WFDF staff and the other members of the Asian and international disc sports communities for your encouragement and we look forward to working closely with you in the future."
"The Rwanda Ultimate Frisbee Association is thrilled to be accepted by the WFDF congress," stated RUFA (Rwanda) President Michael Tignor. "We are happy to be a part of the growth of the sport in the East African region and Africa as a whole. We want to continue to promote the sport's development in neighboring countries as well."
"The Bolivian Flying Disc Association is most thankful and honored to become a member of the international Flying Disc Community by officially and permanently joining the WFDF. We wish to specially thank the WFDF Executive Director, Mr. Volker Bernardi, for his support and guidance in this process. In 2016 the BFDA was selected to benefit from the WFDF Development Grant Program which was of critical importance for our institutionalization as a National Association. Today, as permanent members of the WFDF, we are more committed than ever to the growth of Flying Disc Sports in our country and the Latin American region and are eager to work with WFDF in the years to come to achieve this objective," stated Mauricio Ostria, Executive Director.
Carlos Andrés Chiale, President of UFU (Uruguay) stated: "Ultimate Frisbee Uruguay is really pleased to beg accepted as member of WFDF as we have been working really hard for this and for the development of Ultimate Frisbee here in Uruguay. We hope this gives us new energy to continue growing and participating in WDFD international events. We will continue spreading Ultimate here and in the region. We want to thank Volker Bernardi for guiding us through this process, all the Ultimate players here in Uruguay, and our fellow athletes in the region who are always encouraging with good vibes."
For more information, please contact:
World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF)
Phone: +49 (0) 6138 / 90 20 868
Fax: +49 (0) 6138 / 90 20 869
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