Friday, December 6, 2013

How much does the US Olympic movement know about this?

We suspect they do not know too much. Or at least do not yet feel this Floorball thing to be urgent...

Let us therefore quote exactly what IFF's President Mr. Eriksson say in his foreword to the 2013 WFC.
On the subject of Floorball and the Olympics...

"Our sport has taken a number of important steps forward, in order to reach the Vision laid out for 2020 and a place in the Olympic Games. The next task is to be ready for 2015, when the IOC chooses the contenders for the “short list” of sports that have a possibility to enter the 2024 Olympic Games. With the newly elected IOC President, Mr Thomas Bach from Germany, we send him our warmest congratulations; we are following closely eventual new requirements and or changes in the process for the next IOC short list.

The goal of entering a multi-sport event in the coming 5-8 years – requires that we really go public, on all levels and communicate the important values that Floorball possess. It will in the end be the relative importance of Floorball in each country where it’s played, which will determine our faith on the international market. It is with joy that we are now, since May this year, a member of the IWGA who organises the World Games, and since the requirements for participation in the World Games have changed, all sports that are members need to re-apply, by the end of this year, for the Wroclaw Poland 2017 games, so now we have a real chance taking part in Wroclaw in Poland in the summer of 2017!

Sportaccord is also launching possible Urban Games (for team sports and “ball” sports) in 2015 and setting up World United Championships in 2017, to be organised in Russia, so the scene with international events looks very promising but as the same time very challenging."

Do we yet again need to remind you that much of Floorball was initially invented in the USA at the Cosom Corporation?
It is only maybe 10 years to go and that is not very much if U want to build a very good Olympic team. Well it is not time to become embarrassed just yet - we think,
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Research suggest that eye-injuries are more common in Floorball as compared to Tennis, but less common as compared to Squash (similar to Racquetball).
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.

Also if you get addicted to this sport - do not blame us!