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Friday 29 January 2021 saw the first ISF Americas continental meeting of the year, with ten ISF member countries gathering online (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Haiti, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, and USA).
ISF President Laurent Petrynka opened the meeting with a welcome speech, together with ISF Executive Committee Member and ISF Americas Vice-President Sophie Bordet.
President Petrynka began by addressing the meeting with heartfelt words of appreciation and recognition for Dr Roger Goudy, ISF Americas President, who tragically passed away in 2020. Amidst these difficult times, felt by all, he continued with words of encouragement and support for the Americas which has been heavily struck by the COVID-19 pandemic. He highlighted the great development and projects underway at the continental level, and the increased participation of members from the Americas within the infrastructure of ISF.
ISF Americas Vice President Sophie Bordet continued, presenting a report on the new ISF Integrity Policy and spoke of the upcoming ISF U15 World School Sport Games in Belgrade, Serbia, and the 18th ISF Gymnasiade Jinjiang 2020, in P.R. China, highlighting the strategic importance of participation for both these major ISF events.
ISF Technical Commission Futsal President, Luis Delphino followed up with a report on the ISF Sport Policy and shared the projections and developments of the upcoming ISF events. Afterwards, each member also had the opportunity to present their reports of 2020 activities and projects for 2021, as well as share their own experiences and opinions.
To round off the meeting, the members in attendance approved certain major decisions for the development of the Americas. This included the implementation of a new management structure for ISF Americas to begin a new dynamic era of action that will allow the continent to play a more active role within ISF, appointing Alfredo Deza of Peru as Chairman along with a working group which includes committee and technical commissions members.
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