21st January 2020
The IWWF decided to launch this licence (USD25.00 annually or USD7.00 per event) to help to finance/reduce costs for organisers to host future IWWF World Titled events especially the IWWF World Open Waterski Championships which includes hosting the IWWF Congress. This would result in there being more interested parties wishing to bid for this event so the IWWF can select venues with best conditions for athletes to perform at their very best. IWWF is counting on the support of all National Federations to achieve this goal because this is in the interest of our athletes and sport.
The new IWWF licence has not always been correctly understood. It is a licence for ALL athletes wishing to participate in Ranking List competitions (and not only for athletes who want to have their names listed on the Ranking List!). An athlete may not be interested to be part of the World Ranking List but he appreciates participating in a Ranking List event which guarantees him a higher level of competition: good site/skiing conditions, experienced & competent technical officials (judges/drivers), first class technical equipment (slalom course, jump ramp, video, boat), publicity (live streaming, public relations, social media, etc.), professional infrastructure and the motivating factor of competing together with high profile athletes. It would be only fair that all athletes participating in the same quality competition pay for a licence.
Originally, it has been planned that all athletes need to hold an IWWF licence for Ranking List competitions starting April 1, 2020. However, the implementation is time consuming and not all National Federations will be ready to implement it by this time. To treat all the athletes fairly, the IWWF has therefore decided to re-schedule the IWWF licence implementation to September 2020 for all Ranking List competitions taking place from January 1, 2021. Why starting in September? Because athletes of the Southern Hemisphere (Australia, New Zealand, South America, etc.) start already at this time to register for competitions held in the following year.
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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