International Fistball Association President Jörn Verleger will stand for the AIMS secretary general position  ©IFA

International Fistball Association (IFA) President Jörn Verleger has been nominated as a candidate to become Alliance of Independent recognised Members of Sport (AIMS) secretary general.

Verleger’s candidacy was endorsed by the FIA Board of Directors at their latest meeting.

The election is due to take place at the AIMS General Assembly, scheduled to be in April at the SportAccord World Sport and Business Summit in Beijing, although due to the coronavirus this may be moved. 

World Minigolf Sport Federation President Gerhard Zimmermann currently serves as AIMS secretary general.

The IFA claimed it has always contributed to the development of AIMS, with the governing body’s former president Karl Weiss having served on the AIMS Council until 2019.

Verleger succeeded Weiss as IFA President last year, having served as the organisation’s voluntary secretary general from 2015 to 2019.

The IFA say Verleger currently serves as the chief executive of Grünwalder Freizeitpark, a multi sports venue nearby Munich in Germany.

Jörn Verleger, left, was elected IFA President last year ©IFA
Jörn Verleger, left, was elected IFA President last year ©IFA

He has also worked in the administration of international sport events and sporting networks for over 20 years, including the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Dresden, as well as the 2008 FIDE Chess Olympiad Dresden and three World Table Tennis Championships.

Verleger is the current chair of the International World Games Association Anti-Doping Paenl, as well as the anti-doping-officer for World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF).

He also serves as a member of the Parasport Commissions of World Squash Federation and WFDF.

AIMS was awarded full International Olympic Committee (IOC) recognition last month.

The organisation aims to strengthen each of its member sports with a view towards getting them officially recognised by the IOC.

AIMS members include the International Federations for go, savate, sepaktakraw, fitness and bodybuilding, darts, draughts, angling, aikido, minigolf, powerlifting, armwrestling, sleddog, kendo, casting, ju-jitsu, fistball, soft tennis and dragon boat.