• 22/01/2020

On behalf of the IWWF EMS Project Team
Dear All,

Following our EMS Update dated November 18, 2019 attached, here is a short update per mid-January about the status of the EMS system and the implementation of the IWWF Licence.

1 – EMS System – Update on Development

Version 1 of the System is ready with about 90% of the planned functions available. We expect the missing key functions to be operational by February 2020. And if so, EMS will have all the necessary functions to manage competitions and for day to day use by Federations, Confederations, officials, scorers, organisers and athletes.

During the testing of the system by the Project Team and their contacts within National Federations and sport discipline representatives, some additional requirements have been requested which would increase the capability of EMS (example: collection of the entry fees). In addition, a number of requirements have been identified which the Cable Wakeboard discipline requires so their existing system can be replaced by EMS. We have submitted a specification of all these requirements/enhancements to our IT Provider, Qubiteq, for a progressive implementation in 2020 as part of EMS Version 2.

2 – EMS System – Update on Implementation

As anticipated, we are now introducing the new system to National Federations. Discussions, demonstrations and tests have already taken place with 7 National Federations world-wide. The system will be presented to 5 additional Federations in the next weeks and further presentations are also planned for Technical Councils during the upcoming IWWF Europe & African Congress to be held in Athens, Greece. The implementation for other National Federations will be ongoing in 2020, as published in the attached EMS Update of November 18, 2019 (please note pages 9 to 16). This information phase however is a heavy workload for our small EMS Implementation Team, composed of only 3 part-time volunteers: Hannu Rintanen, Morton Froulund and Peter Frei.

The discussions and presentations have been very well received by the National Federations we have already contacted. The feedback on what EMS currently has in place and what it offers has been positive and the use of EMS generally considered as self-explanatory.

Cable Wakeboard had its own existing EMS system for many years with very advanced functionality which EMS Version 1, now in implementation, will not fully cover. This means we will not use the EMS to manage Cable Wakeboard in the 2020 season and the transition from their existing system to IWWF’s EMS will be scheduled for January 2021 instead once the necessary enhancements have been added to EMS (see above – EMS Version 2).

The implementation of EMS for other disciplines (Barefoot, Cableski, Disabled Ski, Wakeboard Boat, Wakesurf and 3-Event Waterskiing) will proceed in 2020, as indicated in the attached document.

3 – IWWF Licence – Implementation

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. As mentioned above the implementation of the EMS is time consuming and not all National Federations will be ready to use it by this time. To treat all the athletes fairly, the EMS Steering Committee 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.

Thanks for your understanding and best regards,

The IWWF EMS Project Team