So the big announcement finally came out. You just heard it on YoYoRadio, and Ondrej Sedivy reached out to me yesterday with an official press release. The International Yo-Yo Federation and the World Yo-Yo Contest have merged. After 14 years, Greg has handed off the World Yo-Yo Contest. This year, Worlds will be in Florida and after that, Czech, then Tokyo. Below is the official statement. It also looks like the official board members for the IYYF have been named. Ondrej Sedivy (CYA), Hironori Mii (JYYF), Rafael Matsunaga (ABI), Thad Winzenz(NYYL), Gregory Cohen (WYYC). This is huge, and will help legitimize our sport!
We are proud to announce that the World Yo-Yo Contest and the newly formed International Yo-Yo Federation (IYYF) are going to merge into one organization, with the IYYF taking over the running of the World Yo-Yo Contest.
IYYF is a nonprofit organization that unites national associations and is designed to become the governing body for yo-yoing as a sport. Starting in 2014 the IYYF will be responsible for hosting the World Yo-Yo Contest. After 14 years as chairman of the contest, Gregory Cohen is passing the torch to the IYYF so that, together with national yoyo associations, the IYYF will host the WYYC in countries around the world. The planned schedule for the next four years is:
* 2013 United States of America (Orlando, Florida)
* 2014 Czech Republic (Prague)
* 2015 Japan (Tokyo)
* 2016 United States of America
The exact locations and dates of these events will be announced when they become available. We will do our best to help the yo-yo community grow, support contests and national associations around the world and much more.