Ultimate Frisbee officially recognized as Olympic sport

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Fans of Ultimate Frisbee might see the sport on a TV screen in coming years – it was recognized on August 2 as an Olympic Sport by the IOC.

“This is an incredible milestone in the 30 year history of WFDF and a further important step for our International Federation in the development of our sport worldwide,” said president of the World Flying Disc Federation Robert Rauch in a statement.

“We are very thankful to the IOC membership, the Executive Board and its administration, in particular to the IOC Sport Department and staff, for their guidance and support during the period since WFDF was provisionally recognized by the IOC Executive Board in May 2013.”

The International Olympic Committee made the announcement Sunday at the 128th session in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The WFDF represents 65 member associations across 62 countries worldwide and was celebrating their 30th anniversary as an organization when the announcement was made.

“Today’s decision will give a further boost to our efforts to increasing the presence of Flying Disc sports in all countries and on all continents,” said Rauch.

“There could be no bigger anniversary present to WFDF, which was launched in August 1985, and we are looking forward to continuing to work with the IOC as our partner in promoting Flying Disc sports around the globe.”

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