Season's Greetings


Season's Greetings

23 December 2022

Dear TAFISA members, colleagues and friends,

December is upon us and 2022 is coming to a close. Thank you for making 2022 such an activeand memorable year. With your support, TAFISA has been able to thrive and develop in so many different directions.

2022 saw the growth of Global Sport for All Movement and once again showed that we are stronger together. Our membership base has grown and our visibility has improved. We have built our successes on all continents, working together with our members to pursue our efforts in Europe and Asia and to reach out to Africa, the Americas and Oceania, developing new partnerships with exciting projects and opportunities. We have stayed in touch with our members and partners through webinars, online meetings and virtual conferences, continuing our efforts to keep the Global Sport for All Movement united and connected.

But most importantly, 2022 marked – finally – the return of in-person Sport for All events, after 2 hard years passed online due to Covid-19. I would like to congratulate and thank all of our members for their tireless work to activate citizens and growing stronger out of the challenges brought by the pandemic. From a TAFISA point of view, the 27th TAFISA World Congress in Portoroz, Slovenia successfully gathered over 300 participants representing 173 organisations across 54 countries worldwide under the theme of "Sport for All in a Changing World”. Our General Assembly elected a new TAFISA Board of Directors. The 2nd TAFISA European Sport for All Games took place in Perugia, Italy, and successfully brought together many delegations from Europe and beyond to promote their Traditional Sports and Games and culture. Finally, the ASFAA Congress, organised in Busan, Korea, gathered the Asian members of ASFAA and TAFISA where the declaration of net-zero walking action was adopted. My heartfelt gratitude goes to the hosts and Organising Committees of those various events, which tackled the challenge hands on.

I am incredibly proud and humbled to be with the leadership team of such a great organisation, would like to thank current and past TAFISA Board Members for their volunteer engagement, and look forward ever-so-much to what 2023 and the future will bring. The 28th TAFISA World Congress to take place in Düsseldorf, Germany from 30 October to 5 November will be once again an excellent opportunity to unite our Sport for All family.

On behalf of the TAFISA Board of Directors and office team, I wish you all a happy, healthy and relaxing holiday season, and look forward to joining you next year on our mission towards a better world through Sport for All.

Wolfgang Baumann
TAFISA President