318 participants representing 173 organisations across 54 countries joined the 27th TAFISA World Congress in Portoroz, Slovenia, which was hosted by the Olympic Committee of Slovenia – Association of Sports Federation and Sports Union of Slovenia. Over the course of a week, the Global Sport for All Movement came together to meet, exchange, and discuss how Sport for All can adapt to a changing environment and better contribute to society. IFA was represented by President Jörn Verleger, Secretary General Chris Oberlehner and TAFISA INTERACT project member Theresa Eidenhammer.
On the evening of 8 June, Congress participants were welcomed by a cultural show. With features ranging from gymnastics performed by seniors to modern dance, the cultural performances demonstrated the joy of being physically active at all ages, setting the tone for the Congress.
Tackling the theme of “Sport for All in a Changing World”, the Congress offered insights from over 50 international speakers, moderators and panellists including International Fistball Association President Jörn Verleger contributed to an inspiring programme.
TAFISA General Assembly
On Friday 10 June, the TAFISA General Assembly, TAFISA’s supreme decision-making body, was held and voted on important decisions for the future of the organisation. The host of the 29th TAFISA World Congress 2025 was elected to be Sokol, in the city of Prague, Czech Republic.
TAFISA’s Statutes were also revised and updated. The new statutes can be consulted here on TAFISA’s website: TAFISA Statutes 2022
Finally, the General Assembly concluded with the election of the new TAFISA Board of Directors. Wolfgang Baumann was elected TAFISA President and a new Board of Directors was elected for 2022-2025, with five women present on the Board for the first time in TAFISA’s history.
TAFISA’s 30th Anniversary
On the occasion of TAFISA’s 30th Anniversary, a very special programme was held in the Tartini Theatre, retracing the history of TAFISA and inviting both pioneers and the new generation to share their thoughts on Sport for All. The celebrations continued with a beach party where participants marveled at fire dancers while enjoying a slice of birthday cake and signature non-alcoholic cocktails.
Watch the Highlights
You can (re)live the Congress through the highlights video posted on the official TAFISA Congress YouTube channel.