MACAU SPORTS BUREAU RETURNS AS SPORTACCORD CONVENTION GOLD PARTNER FOR NINTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR

Date: 
Wednesday, February 17, 2016

LAUSANNE, Switzerland – SportAccord Convention announced today that the Sports Bureau of Macau SAR Government will once again be a Gold Partner for this year’s edition taking place from 17-22 April 2016 at the SwissTech Convention Center in Lausanne.

“We are honoured to return again as one of the Gold Partners,” said José Tavares, President of The Sports Bureau of Macau. “We look forward to enhancing Macau’s profile as an active sport city, making contributions to the positive growth and development in the global sport industry and being a significant part of the success of the SportAccord Convention.”

The Sports Bureau of Macau SAR Government seeks to promote sport at all levels with athletes and citizens alike. It focuses on creating the necessary conditions for the development of sport and plays an active role between sports associations as well as encouraging citizens to lead a healthy lifestyle. It is also host to major events including the Macau Grand Prix, Macau International Dragon Boat Race, FIVB Women's Volleyball World Grand Prix, International Marathon and Golf Open.

“We are pleased to welcome our friends from Macau, returning as Gold Partners for the ninth consecutive year,” said Nis Hatt, Managing Director of SportAccord Convention. “With their energy and focus, as well as strategic objectives for the global development of sport, they provide a great fit between International Federations, Associations and industry attending the SportAccord Convention.”

Held in a different city every year, the annual SportAccord Convention is a unique opportunity for key decision-makers from sport and industry to meet, network, and strategically shape global, regional and national agendas. An exclusive 6-day event with 2000 delegates expected to attend, the Convention is host to annual general meetings of governing bodies, and once again, will welcome a delegation from the International Olympic Committee.

Now in its 14th edition, the SportAccord Convention comprises: a themed conference including City Forum, LawAccord and MediaAccord, as well as a Plenary Conference. The exhibition is represented by industries, sport organisations, government offices, cities, event services, media, and many more. A Sports Demo Zone as well as social and cultural programmes form part of the SportAccord Convention Official Schedule.

To register, or for further information on the benefits of attending the SportAccord Convention, or to view the Official Schedule, visit: www.sportaccordconvention.com

For SportAccord Convention media enquiries, please email Jenny Edmondson, Media Relations Officer: jenny.edmondson@sportaccordconvention.com

For Sports Bureau of Macau SAR Government media enquiries, please email Luis Leong, luis@sport.gov.mo

2016 “PRINCIPAL” MEDIA PARTNERS ANNOUNCED - A FIRST FOR SPORTACCORD CONVENTION

Date: 
Wednesday, February 17, 2016

LAUSANNE, Switzerland – SportAccord Convention is delighted to announce its Principal Media Partners, Sportcal, SportBusiness Group, and Around the Rings, to help promote this year’s Convention taking place from 17-22 April 2016. Now in its 14th edition, the annual 6-day event is attended by key decision-makers across sport and industry, who will gather at the SwissTech Convention Center in Lausanne.

As part of this year’s content strategy, SportAccord Convention has introduced a tiered media partnership approach, providing a stronger platform for unique content delivery and engagement, leading up to and during the Convention. Commenting on the importance of sharing valuable content, Nis Hatt, Managing Director, SportAccord Convention said:

“We are proud to partner with media companies to bring news about and from SportAccord Convention. Working with our Principal Media Partners, all of whom have supported us since the Convention’s inception, enables delegates and audiences globally, to keep up-to-date with the latest trends and developments in sport.”

One of three Principal Media Partners, Sportcal, produces the annual Global Sports Impact Report which analyses the impact of major world championships and multi-sport games each year on their host cities and nations. Mike Laflin, CEO, Sportcal commented:

“We are delighted to be a Principal Partner of the SportAccord Convention, who are back in Lausanne for 2016. Sportcal will be celebrating our 25th year as one of the leading providers of sports market intelligence.” He went on to say, “Crucial to the sports industry, SportAccord Convention will provide an excellent opportunity to present our new intelligence service and reports to key stakeholders.”

Speaking of its partnership with SportAccord Convention, Ben Speight, Head of SportBusiness Group said: “SportBusiness Group celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and what better way to commemorate this milestone than be appointed as a Principal Media Partner of SportAccord Convention.” He continued: “We are long-standing supporters of the Convention – in fact, we’ve been partners since the start – and are delighted to be part of it again. And of course, we are looking forward to announcing our Ultimate Sports City winners at the Convention.”

SportBusiness Group will unveil its biennial Ultimate Sports Cities Awards and rankings of the world’s top sports hosts at the SportAccord Convention. This year will also feature a special award to mark the rankings’ ten year anniversary.

Back in 1990, Around the Rings led the way in providing news focused on the Olympics and is the only Olympic news specialist publication with a bureau in Rio. Available by subscription only, the service is widely used across sport and industry. Commenting on the new Principal Media Partnership, Sheila Scott Hula, Publisher, said:

“SportAccord Convention is the year’s most important gathering in the world of sport. No other event has so many decision-makers in one place with so many issues that can be discussed and resolved. Around the Rings is proud to have partnered with SportAccord Convention since the first event in 2003.”

With only 60 days to go until the SportAccord Convention in Lausanne, each Principal Partner is offering a 10% discount for the first 60 delegates who register for the Convention via their websites (links below).

For further information on the SportAccord Convention including the Official Schedule, visit: www.sportaccordconvention.com

For media enquiries, please email Media Relations Officer: jenny.edmondson@sportaccordconvention.com

Principal Media Partner Delegate Passes

Up to 60 delegate passes at a discounted rate of 10% are available with each Principal Media Partner at the following websites:

Sportcal

www.sportcal.com

SportBusiness Group

www.sportbusiness.com

Around the Rings

www.aroundtherings.com

 

SPORTACCORD CONVENTION TO HOST DIGITAL SUMMIT WITH KEY SOCIAL MEDIA PLAYERS AT WORLD SPORT AND BUSINESS GATHERING IN APRIL 2016

Date: 
Monday, February 15, 2016

LAUSANNE, Switzerland – SportAccord Convention will host a Digital Summit in Lausanne, Switzerland at the SwissTech Convention Center on Wednesday, 20 April 2016. Leading organisations including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Periscope, Vine, Oculus Rift, as well as the International Olympic Committee, will share their experiences and latest thinking with delegates attending the SportAccord Convention.

“Connecting fans with athletes and sports is driving content and engagement across the Olympic Movement.” said Alex Huot, Head of Social Media, International Olympic Committee. “The more we connect with each other, the louder our voices become and the better the user experience.” He went on to say, “Innovation in storytelling is key and what better way to learn than by hearing directly from industry leaders.” Delegates can expect to hear much more on how the Olympic Channel will help the International Olympic Committee engage with youth and connect them to the roots of sport.

Senior leaders will share awe-inspiring stories as well as provide insight and practical advice on what it takes to stand-out and genuinely engage with fans and athletes in this fast-moving world – one of the biggest challenges facing organisations today and in the future.

“In close collaboration with the International Olympic Committee, we are very excited to be hosting a Digital Summit involving key industry players, a critical component of any International Sport Federation’s communication strategy,” said Nis Hatt, Managing Director, SportAccord Convention. “Our delegates will have the opportunity to hear first-hand, how to embrace the social media phenomenon, and take storytelling and innovation to new heights for the benefit of fans, athletes and sport.”

Delegates who would like to take part in the SportAccord Convention Digital Summit should confirm attendance by Monday 29 February 2016 to info@sportaccordconvention.com. To register for SportAccord Convention, visit: www.sportaccordconvention.com

Held in a different city every year, the annual SportAccord Convention is a unique opportunity for key decision-makers from sport and industry to meet, network, and strategically shape global, regional and national agendas. An exclusive 6-day event with 2000 delegates expected to attend, the Convention is host to annual general meetings of governing bodies, and once again, will welcome a delegation from the International Olympic Committee.

As part of the official programme, SportAccord Convention will also host LawAccord, City Forum, MediaAccord and a themed Plenary Conference at this prestigious global gathering. The Convention also comprises: a 3-day exhibition represented by industries, sport organisations, government offices, cities, event services, media, and many more, a virtual Sports Demo Zone, as well as social and cultural programmes.

For media enquiries, please email Jenny Edmondson, Media Relations Officer:

jenny.edmondson@sportaccordconvention.com

SPORTACCORD COUNCIL AGREES TO POSTPONE MERGER WITH SPORTACCORD CONVENTION

Date: 
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
LAUSANNE, Switzerland – At the SportAccord Council meeting held today at the Maison du Sport, Lausanne, the Members representing the four Associations ASOIF, AIOWF, ARISF, AIMS and the Associate Members today reviewed the feedback received from all SportAccord Members following the Extraordinary General Assembly in Lausanne on 11th November 2015.
 
In consideration of the next steps for the structure of the organisation to propose to the SportAccord General Assembly which will take place on 22nd April 2016, the SportAccord Council decided to keep SportAccord as a stand-alone organisation with the individual membership of the International Federations. As part of the unanimous decision of the SportAccord Council, the Members agreed to revise a number of articles in the Statutes to ensure a solid governance of the organisation.
 
The intention still exists to merge SportAccord and the SportAccord Convention into one organisation in the future, but firstly the structure and governance of SportAccord remains the current focus. 
 
Chairman of the SportAccord Council Gian Franco Kasper said: "We appreciate the constructive input received from many Members who have underlined the important role of SportAccord for interaction between all International Federations to exchange best practices and learn from each other. We need to ensure this effective collaboration amongst the Federations continues, and the decision to keep two separate entities is the right solution for the time being."
 
SportAccord Convention President Francesco Ricci Bitti said: "SportAccord Convention is constituted by the Associations and it is operating effectively and run by our professional team. We are very much looking forward to the 2016 edition in Lausanne, which is promising to be a highly successful Convention, hand in hand with the SportAccord Members."
 
For media enquiries, please email Jenny Edmondson, Media Relations Officer:
 
For Delegate or Exhibition enquiries, please contact Brandon Kelley, Sales Manager:
brandon.kelley@sportaccordconvention.com or by phone at +41 (0)79 126 08 42
 

GREAT INTEREST FROM ORGANISATIONS WANTING TO TAKE PART IN THIS YEAR’S EXHIBITION

Date: 
Thursday, January 14, 2016

LAUSANNE, Switzerland – Delegate and exhibition registration is now open online for the next SportAccord Convention to be held from 17-22 April 2016. The 14th annual edition will return to Lausanne, the Olympic Capital, and is set to take place at the SwissTech Convention Center.

A discounted delegate accreditation rate is offered to delegates booking their places early. Book your pass here!

As part of the official programme, the Convention will host a three-day exhibition at the SwissTech Convention Center. Offering state-of-the-art exhibition facilities, the Center provides the perfect backdrop for sport and industry to showcase their organisations, launch new products or services and attract key decision-makers at this prestigious global gathering.

Speaking about the focus for this year’s exhibition as well as the new features on offer, Brandon Kelley, Sales Manager, SportAccord Convention commented:

“We’re expecting a great deal of interest for the exhibition and received a lot of interest as soon as the City of Lausanne was announced. At the 14th edition of the Convention, our valued partners and delegates will see and experience enhanced service offerings with a focus on information sharing across various channels, including the new exhibitor and delegate ‘PLUS’ packages. This year, we’ve placed the SportAccord Convention Café at the heart of the exhibition, a natural crowd-drawer, offering organisations the opportunity and platform to engage with delegates face-to-face and conduct business meetings over the three days of the exhibition.” He went on to say:

“Our exhibition has become a coveted part of the Convention as many organisations from both sport and industry see the opportunities it brings. With over thirty-five percent of exhibition space already sold, we don’t want to disappoint and urge organisations to make their arrangements early to guarantee their space.”

Held in a different city every year, the annual SportAccord Convention is a unique opportunity for key decision-makers from sport and industry to meet, network, and strategically shape global, regional and national agendas. An exclusive 6-day event comprising of up to 2000 delegates, the Convention is host to annual general meetings of governing bodies, and once again, will welcome a delegation from the International Olympic Committee.

Now in its 14th edition, the SportAccord Convention comprises: a themed conference including City Forum, LawAccord and MediaAccord, as well as a Plenary Conference. The exhibition is represented by industries, sport organisations, government offices, cities, event services, media, and many more. A Sports Demo Zone as well as social and cultural programmes form part of the Convention.

If you would like to register now or become an exhibitor, please click here

For further information on the benefits of attending the SportAccord Convention, visit: www.sportaccordconvention.com

For Delegate or Exhibition enquiries, please contact Brandon Kelley, Sales Manager:

brandon.kelley@sportaccordconvention.com or by phone at +41 (0)79 126 08 42

For media enquiries, please email Jenny Edmondson, Media Relations Officer:

jenny.edmondson@sportaccordconvention.com

“LAUSANNE” CONFIRMED AS HOST CITY FOR SPORTACCORD CONVENTION 2016

Date: 
Tuesday, December 8, 2015

LAUSANNE, Switzerland – SportAccord Convention is pleased to announce Lausanne as Host City for the 2016 Convention. Returning to the Home of International Sport, the Convention will take place from 17-22 April 2016 at the Swiss Tech Convention Centre which offers state-of-the-art congress facilities.

On becoming Host City to the next SportAccord Convention, Mr. Marc Vuilleumier, Lausanne’s Municipal Councillor in charge of Sport commented: “What a wonderful way to close an exceptional year for the City of Lausanne. 2015 marked the IOC’s Centenary in our city, and last July we became the host of the 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games. The SportAccord Convention will once again witness the entire world of sport gather here, for the first time since we hosted the second Convention in 2004. Lausanne truly is the “Olympic Capital”, today more than ever!”

With close to 50 sports organisations based in Lausanne and the surrounding region of the Canton of Vaud, including many international sport federations, the city is an idyllic location for this premier event. On hearing the news, Thomas Bach, President, International Olympic Committee (IOC) said: “What better place could SportAccord Convention have chosen to hold its annual event than Lausanne, a city which is made for sport. For a century now, Lausanne has been the IOC’s home. More than thirty international sports federations and sports organisations have also found in Lausanne the ideal setting to develop and strengthen the place of sport in society.”

Held in a different city every year, the annual SportAccord Convention is a unique opportunity for key decision-makers from sport and industry to meet, network, and strategically shape global, regional and national agendas. An exclusive 6-day event comprising 2000 delegates, the Convention is host to annual general meetings of governing bodies, and once again, will welcome a delegation from the International Olympic Committee.

Now in its 14th edition, Francesco Ricci Bitti, President, ASOIF and SportAccord Convention remarked: “We are delighted that Lausanne has taken up the baton once more and will be hosting the next SportAccord Convention. As a major event in the international sporting calendar, Lausanne provides a favourable location for sport and business leaders to meet, given its strong commitment to sport and industry. With the warm hospitality shown to visitors and delegates in 2004, we can expect to deliver a Convention that meets the needs of our Stakeholders, Partners and delegates.”

The Convention comprises: a themed conference including City Forum, LawAccord and MediaAccord, as well as a plenary conference; an exhibition represented by industries, sport organisations, government offices, cities, event services, media, and many more; a Sports Demo Zone; as well as a social and cultural programme.

For further information on the benefits of attending the SportAccord Convention, visit: www.sportaccordconvention.com

For media enquiries, please email Jenny Edmondson, Media Relations Officer: Jenny.edmondson@sportaccordconvention.com

INTERNATIONAL SPORT FEDERATIONS ADDRESS GOVERNANCE IN SPORT AT IF FORUM

Date: 
Friday, November 20, 2015

LAUSANNE, Switzerland – The ninth edition of the International Federation (IF) Forum focussed on Governance in Sport and came at a time when governance at global levels is under scrutiny. International sport federations gathered in Lausanne, the Olympic Capital and this year’s conference programme received considerable interest with record numbers of delegates in attendance.

Thomas Bach, President, International Olympic Committee (IOC) gave the Welcome Address and ended by encouraging international sport federations to make the most of the IF Forum, its conference programme and their time together.

In his Opening Address, Francesco Ricci Bitti, President, ASOIF and SportAccord Convention, acknowledged how the role of international sport federations has evolved over the years and now requires a more sophisticated approach, to respond to the growing awareness of the relevance of sport economically, as well as the educational and social values in its ability to shape a better world.

The Keynote Address: Sport’s Stark Choice – Change or be Regulated, delivered by Simon Greenberg, Head of Global Rights, News Corp, gave a frank account of what happens if good governance is not applied and how the media became perilously close to being regulated. In an interview following his Keynote Address, Simon Greenberg commented:

“Sport certainly needs to adopt many of the good corporate disciplines from other sectors such as the financial services industry, and if they do that, I think they will go a long way to possibly repairing their image in the eyes of certain stakeholders and indeed the public.”

The conference programme covered: Implementing Good Governance; Accountability through Transparency and Democratic Decision-Making; Preventing Competition Manipulation; as well as Sustainability and Legacy. Delegates heard perspectives from the IOC as well as the European Union and international sport federations also took part in best practice sessions which provided opportunity for exchange and debate. IF Forum Partners - JLT Sport, Penceo and Repucom shared their insights with presentations, while Municipal Councillor Marc Vuilleumier, welcomed delegates on behalf of the City of Lausanne and Canton of Vaud.

The IOC also marked the launch of the IF Sustainability Best Practice Project to be implemented next year. A statement was also released confirming the international sport federations’ acceptance of the IOC’s invitation to work together, to not only establish indicators and assessment mechanisms for governance in sport, but to promote their use within their respective sports.

The IF Forum was held from 11-13 November 2015 and provides international sport federations with a working platform for exchange and debate. Hosted by SportAccord Convention, this year’s Forum took place at the newly renovated Hotel Royal Savoy, where delegates were able to network and continue discussions at evening receptions in pleasant surroundings.

For highlights and interviews visit the IF Forum on YouTube and images from the event on Flickr.

For media enquiries, please email Jenny Edmondson, Media Relations Officer, SportAccord Convention at jenny.edmondson@sportaccordconvention.com.

 

INTERNATIONAL SPORT FEDERATIONS WELCOME IOC’S INVITATION TO WORK TOGETHER

Date: 
Thursday, November 12, 2015

LAUSANNE, Switzerland – Following discussions at this year’s International Federation (IF) Forum being held at the Hotel Royal Savoy, Lausanne, Francesco Ricci Bitti, President, ASOIF, and SportAccord Convention, issued the following statement:

“Today, the International Sport Federations welcome and accept the IOC’s invitation to work together to not only establish indicators and assessment mechanisms, but to promote their use within their respective sports. The objective of this undertaking is to ensure that the state of governance within sports institutions can be readily assessed publicly and monitored on an ongoing basis. This will be done in an inclusive manner, taking into account best practices and using the most appropriate available tools so as to not only establish the right processes, but to promote and ensure a ‘Culture of Good Governance’ within all Sport Federations.”

For media enquiries, please email Jenny Edmondson, Media Relations Officer, SportAccord Convention at jenny.edmondson@sportaccordconvention.com or SportAccord at sportaccord@sportaccord.com.

SPORTACCORD AGREES WITH PRINCIPLE OF MERGING WITH SPORTACCORD CONVENTION

Date: 
Wednesday, November 11, 2015

LAUSANNE, Switzerland – At the Extraordinary General Assembly of SportAccord held at the Hotel Royal Savoy in Lausanne, Switzerland on Wednesday 11th November, the members decided by large majority to authorise the SportAccord Council to negotiate with the Board of the SportAccord Convention to merge the organisations into one body. In spring 2016 the General Assembly of SportAccord will convene and review the proposed Statutes that will be established and submitted to the members.

Until the end of the year the members have been invited to submit any specific requests and ideas for the merged SportAccord entity that will be considered during the negotiations between the SportAccord Council and Board of the SportAccord Convention.

Interim Chairman of the SportAccord Council Gian Franco Kasper said: "Today represents an important message from the International Federations, that we value SportAccord as our shared platform to interact, discuss topical issues, share problems and look for solutions. I appreciate the positive feedback and constructive approach from the members during today's SportAccord Extraordinary General Assembly and am convinced we have made a positive step".

For media enquiries, please email Jenny Edmondson, Media Relations Officer, SportAccord Convention at jenny.edmondson@sportaccordconvention.com or SportAccord at sportaccord@sportaccord.com

INTERNATIONAL FEDERATIONS’ FORUM FOCUSSED ON SPORT GOVERNANCE KICKS OFF TOMORROW

Date: 
Tuesday, November 10, 2015

LAUSANNE, Switzerland – The ninth edition of the IF Forum hosted by SportAccord Convention opens tomorrow in Lausanne. With a record number of International Sport Federations in attendance, they will be treated to a full conference programme focused on ‘Governance in Sport’, and developed in close collaboration with the International Olympic Committee and SportAccord Convention Stakeholders.

Taking place from 11-13 November 2015 at the Hotel Royal Savoy, Lausanne, delegates will be welcomed by Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee, with ASOIF and SportAccord Convention President, Francesco Ricci Bitti delivering the Opening Address.

In anticipation of the Forum, Francesco Ricci Bitti said: "The IF Forum has always provided an ideal opportunity for Olympic and non-Olympic International Sport Federations to meet and share ideas for the betterment of sport. We have helped to prepare this year’s programme which reflects what is high up on the IFs’ agendas. I believe everybody understands that good governance, integrity and sustainability need to be deep-seated in a Federation’s philosophy and operations, and the Forum will offer tools and practical solutions on how to make that happen.”

The IF Forum Conference Programme features a keynote address by Simon Greenberg, Global Head of Rights, News Corp. Plenary sessions will cover: Implementing Good Governance; Accountability through Transparency; Democratic Decision-Making; Preventing Competition Manipulation; Olympic Agenda 2020 Sustainability and Legacy Introduction; with Opening Remarks presented by Francesco Ricci Bitti.

The programme also comprises: conclusions from recent research conducted by ASOIF; presentations and round table discussions focused on ‘An exchange of IF Practice’ with representatives from ASOIF, AIOWF, ARISF and AIMS; case studies, a panel discussion and breakout session, as well as presentations from IF Forum Official Partners, JLT Sport, Penceo and Repucom. As in previous years, the Master of Ceremony will be David Eades, Anchor and Journalist, BBC World.

Hosted by SportAccord Convention, the Hotel Royal Savoy will provide plenty of opportunity for IF Forum delegates to catch up with colleagues during luncheons and evening receptions. For further information on the IF Forum Conference Programme, visithttp://sportaccordconvention.com/international-federation-if-forum-2015.

For media enquiries, please email Jenny Edmondson, Media Relations Officer:

Jenny.Edmondson@sportaccordconvention.com

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