First 2017 IMSA Executive Board Meeting

IMSA Secretary General Thomas Hsiang congratulating MIL President Frank Ng on the admission of MIL as member of IMSA

IMSA held its first Executive Board Meeting in 2017 on April 5, in Aarhus, Denmark. On the agenda were the elections of new Board members and officers, the consideration of applications from perspective members, the planning of the next chapter of the IMSA Elite Mind Games, the planning of the restoration of the World Mind Games, and the continued discussion on revising the IMSA Statutes.

Some of the key outcomes are:

• Mme. Zelan Chen was elected President of IMSA.
• Officers and members of the Board are elected: (* – new member)
o President – Zelan Chen (Vice President of WXF; China)
o Deputy President – Harry Otten (President of FMJD; the Netherlands)
o Secretary General – Thomas Hsiang (Vice President of IGF; USA)
o Treasurer – Marc Depauw (Treasurer of WBF; Belgium)
o *Vice President – Nigel Freeman (Executive Director of FIDE; Bermuda)
o *Vice President – Frank Ng (President of MIL; China)
o Board Member – Giannarigo Rona (President of WBF; Italy)
o *Board Member – Yi Wang (Secretary General of IGF; China)
o *Board Member – Adrian Siegel (Treasurer of FIDE; Switzerland)
o *Board Member – Jacek Pawlicki (Tournament Coordinator of FMJD; Poland)
o Founding President (non-voting) – José Damiani ( former President of WBF; France)
o Executive Director (non-voting – Geoffrey Borg (CEO of FIDE; Malta)
• A new branch office of IMSA will be established in Beijing.
• A contract has been signed to extend the IMSA Elite Mind Games held in the City of Hui’an for three more years. The next event is tentatively set for Dec. 17 to 23, 2017.
• The restoration of the World Mind Games is being carried out in collabroation with SportAccord. Effort will be immediately launched to identify the next host city.
• The Mahjong International League (, or MIL, has been admitted as the sixth member of IMSA.
• The Confederation of Card Games (CCG) has been admitted as an observer.
The next meeting of the Board is scheduled during the second IEMG in Huai’an City, China, in December 2017.

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  2. May 22, 2017
    Respected Members
    Great News
    Good Day
    All family of mind games under one umbrella, best of luck for the future events.
    hope to see you soon at some event
    Attended Salou open
    Ravinder Kumar Bali
    National Institute of Sports
    Old Moti Bagh Palace
    Patiala 147001 (pb) INDIA
  3. September 23, 2017
    we need to promote Mah Jong in Cameroon and on other contry in africa
    thank to give us all condition to be member
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