Changes in the member federations

Changes in the member federations

World Bowling, the World Squash Federation and the World Air Sports Federation have got new leaders for their offices recently. The World Games welcomes William Louis-Marie, Andrew Oram and Markus Haggeney on board!

The World Squash Federation has appointed William Louis-Marie as its new Chief Executive Officer. The 53-year-old took up his position at the Federation’s headquarters in Hastings, England, on 9th December.

William Louis-Marie boasts a successful track record in heading up sports companies: following his position as Communications Director of the European Games in Baku in 2014 and 2015, he joined the International Boxing Association – firstly as Communications Director before being appointed Executive Director, managing and organising the general administration of the Association and its 202 affiliated National Federations.

“It has taken us longer than we hoped to fill this important post but we are delighted that we have found William Louis-Marie, and that he has agreed to take up the challenge,” said WSF President Jacques Fontaine.

“He comes to us with a respected pedigree in world sport and will undoubtedly bring a fresh new vision to our Federation and our global game.”

World Bowling has appointed Andrew Oram as the new Chief Executive Officer of the organisation. A former professional athlete, Oram moved into the sports broadcast industry before occupying the position of TV and Broadcast Director working within International Federations of Olympic sports in Lausanne, Switzerland.

World Bowling President Sheikh Talal Mohammed Al-Sabah says “We are delighted to have Andrew on board. He brings with him a diverse skill set and experience in the commercial and media sectors of high-performance sport. We look forward to working with him in this next and crucial phase for World Bowling.”

Former Sports & Events Director of the World Air Sports Federation (FAI), Markus Haggeney, 59, has been appointed Acting Secretary General of FAI.

FAI President Bob Henderson said: “I am grateful to Markus Haggeney for agreeing to take on this new challenge of Acting Secretary General, and I look forward to working with him in his new position. He has been working for FAI for almost six years, and is up to speed with all the on-going projects and activities of the Federation.”

Mr Haggeney’s involvement in FAI dates back to some years ago. Before being employed at the FAI Head Office he did extensive volunteer work for the CASI (FAI Air Sport General Commission), the CIA (FAI Ballooning Commission) and the German Ballooning Federation. An enthusiastic balloon and paragliding pilot, he also worked for many years in companies active in the field of aviation, and successfully participated in the organisation of several FAI-sanctioned ballooning events, in particular the Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett.

 The World Games is a multi-sport event staged every four years by the International World Games Association under the patronage of the International Olympic Committee. The 11th edition of The World Games will be held in Birmingham, Alabama, USA, 15-25 July 2021. 3,600 athletes from over 30 sports and 100 countries will take part in the Games.

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