Tommy Wiking is the president of the International Federation of American Football. The 44-year-old Gothenburg, Sweden, resident has been fascinated by the sport since 1988, when he saw an NFL exhibition game. After organizing teams in college, he got involved in the sport in Europe and moved through the ranks of IFAF. The Federation unites 64 countries on six continents, all of which have national federations dedicated to the sport, including USA Football.
American football took a big step closer to an Olympic end zone Tuesday as the International Olympic Committee granted the International Federation of American Football (IFAF) provisional IOC recognition during its meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland.
A vote on football could take place as early as 2017. If approved, football would join the Summer Olympics lineup in 2024 at a host city yet to be determined.
This story was originally posted Oct. 28, 2011. Germany native Bjoern Werner was selected by the Indianapolis Colts in the first round of the NFL Draft.
Defensive end, Florida State
6-foot-4, 273 pounds, sophomore
Member of the 2010 IFAF World Team that played in the International Bowl in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Call it sticker shock. Bjoern Werner didn’t really know what he was buying into when he signed to play football at Florida State.