21st January 2020
1 – Development
Version 1 of the System is ready with about 90% of the planned functions available. We expect the missing key functions to be operational by February 2020. And if so, EMS will have all the necessary functions to manage competitions and day to day use by Federations, Confederations, officials, scorers, organisers and athletes.
During the testing of the system by the Project Team and their contacts within National Federations and sport discipline representatives, some additional requirements have been requested which would increase the capability of EMS (example: collection of the entry fees). In addition, a number of requirements have been identified which the Cable Wakeboard discipline requires so their existing system can be replaced by EMS. We have submitted a specification of all these requirements/enhancements to our IT Provider, Qubiteq, for a progressive implementation in 2020 as part of EMS Version 2.
2 – Implementation in the National Federations
As anticipated, we are now introducing the new system to National Federations. Discussions, demonstrations and tests have already taken place with 7 National Federations world-wide. The system will be presented to 5 additional Federations in the next weeks and further presentations are also planned for Technical Councils during the upcoming IWWF Europe & African Congress to be held in Athens, Greece. The implementation for other National Federations will be ongoing in 2020, as published in the attached EMS Update of November 18, 2019 (please note pages 9 to 16). This information phase however is a heavy workload for our small EMS Implementation Team, composed of only 3 part-time volunteers: Hannu Rintanen, Morton Froulund and Peter Frei.
The discussions and presentations have been very well received by the National Federations we have already contacted. The feedback on what EMS currently has in place and what it offers has been positive and the use of EMS generally considered as self-explanatory.
Cable Wakeboard had its own existing EMS system for many years with very advanced functionality which EMS Version 1, now in implementation, will not fully cover. This means we will not use the EMS to manage Cable Wakeboard in the 2020 season and the transition from their existing system to IWWF’s EMS will be scheduled for January 2021 instead once the necessary enhancements have been added to EMS (see above – EMS Version 2).
The implementation of EMS for other disciplines (Barefoot, Cableski, Disabled Ski, Wakeboard Boat, Wakesurf and 3-Event Waterskiing) will proceed in 2020, as indicated in the attached document.
About the IWWF: The International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF) is the world governing body for towed watersports and has over 90 affiliated Federations worldwide. It was founded in 1946 in Geneva, Switzerland. It is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the sole authority for towed watersports. The IWWF is an affiliate member of the Association of IOC Recognized International Sports Federation (ARISF) and the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF). The IWWF’s sports disciplines include, amongst others, Tournament Waterskiing (slalom, tricks & jump), Wakeboard, Cable Wakeboard, Cable Waterskiing, Disabled Waterskiing, Show Skiing, Ski Racing, Barefoot Waterskiing & Wakesurfing
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