The World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI) has announced the election of Jorge Casimiro and Steve Evers to its board of directors. Evers, who is the CEO of IIC-Intersport International Corp., replaces Martin Künzi, chief financial officer of IIC, who will remain as treasurer of WFSGI.

Casimiro is vice-president, chief public policy & social impact officer at Nike as well as president of the Nike Foundation. He takes the place of Sean O’Hollaren, another Nike executive who served as chairman of WFSGI before the election of a new board in January 2020. Partly in view of the Olympic Games in Tokyo, which have been postponed to next summer, and those that will take place in Beijing next year, its general assembly elected a year ago a new board headed up for the first time by co-chairmen – Motoi Oyama-san and James Zheng – who represent Asics from Japan and Anta Sports Products from China, respectively. WFSGI is working closely with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to ensure the success of the Tokyo Olympics.

During its first-ever virtual general assembly on Jan. 29, WFSGI awarded the title of honorary directors to Jeroen Snijders Blok of Accell Group, who was a WFSGI board member from 2011 to 2021 and served as chair of the WFSGI Bicycle Steering Committee from 2011 to 2020, and to O’Hollaren, the immediate past WFSGI chair of the board (2017-2020) and a WFSGI board member from 2014. WFSGI’s general assembly also  honored the passing of Frank Dassler, a past president who died last year at the age of 64. The organization announced that it will make an appropriate posthumous award to recognize Dassler’s service in 2022.

WFSGI said that it managed to achieve a positive result of just over 15,000 Swiss francs (€13,900-$16,800) last year in spite of the pandemic, reducing costs as much as possible and delivering new services, added value and support to its members. The association enlisted a new member, Ceramic Speed, and created a new membership category for start-ups. It announced the creation of a new working group on “Digitalization of Product Information.” As previously reported, it launched a revamped website a few days ago.

Traditionally, WFSGI’s general assembly is held in-person just before the ISPO Munich show. This time, it was successfully held for the first time in a virtual format a few days before the first ISPO Munich Online event, which will run from Feb. 1 to 5.