December 23, 2020
As this year draws to a close and as a New Year begins, please accept the sincere expression of my best wishes. Thank you for all that you have done to maintain sport as a vital part of society in 2020, despite the remarkable challenges we have faced. And thank you for all that I know you will do in 2021.
You may rest assured that ARISF will continue to support you in whatever way we can. Those of you preparing for major multisport competitions from the Tokyo 2020 to Chengdu 2021 bear the heavy responsibility of expectations that sport will continue serve as a shining hope even in the darkest of days. We are proud to be by your side and to share this burden.
Only a few weeks have passed since we were together for our General Assembly. During that time, I had the honour of contributing to the Olympic Summit, where it was once again very clear that all International Federations share a common determination to deliver on the promise of brighter times ahead. I have no doubt that this will not be an easy task. Especially because we continue to face a pandemic that is proving to be full of surprises.
We have also seen causes for optimism in recent weeks, and the programme of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. Congratulations on all those ARISF Members who were successful, and especially to the World Dance Sport Federation, for the inclusion of breaking. As thoughts turn to Milan Cortina 2026 and Los Angeles 2028, ARISF will continue to support our Members’ ambitions.
Throughout 2021, ARISF will continue to work towards the action plan we have established in order that we may achieve our strategic goals. And throughout 2021 I am confident that we will be ably assisted in this by our office team, to whom I would like to repeat my thanks for an extraordinary year of work in the face of extraordinary difficulties.
I do hope you have the chance to spend time with your loved ones in the coming weeks, in order to return recharged in the New Year. Until then, please accept once again my very best wishes.