WFDF has added Haiti, Mali and Peru to its membership ©WFDF

The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) has welcomed Haiti, Mali and Peru as new members of the governing body, bringing its membership up to 91.

WFDF approved the Fédération Haïtienne de Flying Disc (FHFD), the Association Malienne de Flying Disc (AMFD), and the Federación del Disco Volador del Perú (FDVP) at its Congress.

"To end this extremely difficult year of 2020 by adding these three national member federations from Africa, the Caribbean, and South America to our membership does not only give a boost to our International Federation regarding our universality but also is a great sign of hope for our sport in difficult times," said WFDF President Robert Rauch.

"We are hopeful we can further expand our membership in the PanAm region and Africa in 2021, and will focus WFDF’s development resources on those regions. 

"While the development process still remains difficult with the constraints brought on by the pandemic, we plan to continue working with our Continental Associations on such efforts even though cross-border competitive play opportunities remain limited for the time being." 

There are 91 member federations of the WFDF ©WFDF
There are 91 member federations of the WFDF ©WFDF

AMFD vice-president, Noémie Gaudre, was pleased to see Mali become a member of the WFDF.

"After this difficult year all around the world, sport remains very important for physical and psychological health of both younger and older people," said Gaudre.

"We are sure that flying disc values can help to maintain solidarity among us. 

"The first discs arrived in Mali with the United States Peace Corps about 20 years ago and the first matches of ultimate frisbee occurred in Bamako ten years later with participation of French players. 

"The AMFD is proud to become today a new member of the WFDF. 

"With their help and support, we hope that we will develop our activities."

All three nations were unanimously approved at the WFDF Congress.

WFDF executive director Volker Bernardi stated the body were now looking to reach 100 member national federations in 2021.