Thursday, August 9, 2012

Roll Up Your Sleeves!

This article has already been run in Swedish at Innebandymagazinet. Here is a quick translation. Mr, Czitrom is a founding father of Floorball and has been the acting President for the IFF
Who wins the first Olympic Floorball Gold?

The 30:th edition, of the Olympic Games are at full swing in London

It is incredibly pleasing to hear that so many ask questions about IF and WHEN our sport will be able to have its premiere entry on the Olympic program. Of course I belong to the group that miss Floorball on the Olympic scene.

Ms. Lindberg is a vice president with the IOC. She also works since many years back as the Secretary General within the Swedish Olympic Committee (SOK).
Ms. Lindberg was recently interviewed by the Swedish Floorball Magazine, Innebandymagazinet , (our note also the world’s largest Floorball publication) about this subject. Her statements are somewhat scary and confirms the pronounced slow processes that work according to old principles within the IOC.

Even if the current representation from the IFF (the International Floorball Federation) with its president Tomas Eriksson in the lead, are served some beautiful phrases, it feels like they toss bread crumbs through the official recognition to sports applying that hopefully may reinforce our dream about Olympic status. It is like a pet on our back.

Another main contender and perhaps the largest is the tradition that the sports recognized by the IOC not shall have entry as a full Olympic sport until like 15-20-30 years after the recognition. It is also true that the games are only held each fourth year, something that “helps” with no doubt to the slow motion to connect new sports to the Olympics. The key to speed up the development is rock hard work mainly with personal networking, and then I do not think about emails at first.

The -, to our sport positive IOC chairman, - the Belgian and ex-surgeon Dr. Jaques Rogge has shown some signs to “cultivate” the traditional slow processes at the IOC, in this for us such an important matter. However he is now on his last part of his term as the IOC president. So we do not know what kind of efforts the new President will bring to the table to change the commonly “concrete slow” IOC organization.

Some important units for success in this matter according to me:
1) More firm Public Relations both inside and outside the IFF
2) One separate group may work with a specific plan for the future, with the goal to reach above 100 member nations in the IFF
3) A more firm conventional but also unconventional work to reach Olympic status.

As stated, the question is with no doubt complex but with more people “rolling up their sleeves” the closer we will be to the goal. To become an Olympic sport before 2028 would with no doubt be an accomplishment. The way I see things, it is not about IF but WHEN our sport will be on the Olympic program.

In 1997 I published my third book "From play to World Championship in less than 15 years” In my final remarks I asked; “Who will win the first Olympic gold?”

Now, in 2012, 15 years later I ask you:
- What country do you think will win the first Olympic gold in Floorball?

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To minimize this risk of injury Floorballcentral recommend: Use certified protective eye-wear (mandated in many European areas for the youth). Do not lay down on the court. Follow the rules strict on stick height.

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