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

INTERNATIONAL FEDERATIONS’ FORUM FOCUSSED ON SPORT GOVERNANCE KICKS OFF TOMORROW

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, visit http://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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HOST CITY TALKS UNDERWAY FOR SPORTACCORD CONVENTION 2016 POST DUBAI WITHDRAWAL

Date: 
Thursday, October 29, 2015

LAUSANNE, Switzerland – Commenting on the announcement from Dubai, Mr. Francesco Ricci Bitti, President of SportAccord Convention said: “SportAccord Convention is very disappointed that the Dubai Sports Council has decided not to host the 2016 Convention. Our understanding was that we were very close to an agreement. However, Dubai is not the only option for 2016 and we will start working immediately to secure an outstanding location for next year’s meeting.”   

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

International Federation (IF) Forum set for 11-13 November in the Olympic Capital of Lausanne

Date: 
Wednesday, July 22, 2015

LAUSANNE, Switzerland – The ninth edition of the International Federation (IF) Forum is set once again to take place in Lausanne, Switzerland in accordance with tradition and will be held from Wednesday 11 November to Friday 13 November 2015. The venue for this year’s Forum will be the historic and recently renovated Royal Savoy Hotel.

The IF Forum takes place annually and targets the specific needs of Olympic and non-Olympic International Sport Federations. The three day event consists of workshops, panel sessions and case studies with a focus on sharing best practices and knowledge between International Sport Federations. This event is only open to International Sport Federation Members, participating speakers, and event partners.

"The International Federation 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," said SportAccord Convention and ASOIF President Mr. Ricci Bitti. "I am excited to engage with the International Federations to capture the importance of the IF Forum and to develop a programme with them that truly represents their needs."

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

EDITORS NOTES

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The SportAccord Convention annually brings together representatives from more than 100 international sports federations and organisations.

 

SPORTACCORD CONVENTION ELECTS NEW PRESIDENT AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBER

Date: 
Thursday, June 25, 2015

LAUSANNE, Switzerland – The SportAccord Convention Executive Committee met today in Lausanne, Switzerland and elected ASOIF President Francesco Ricci Bitti to serve as the new President of SportAccord Convention.  Gian Franco Kasper, AIOWF President and Senior Vice-President/Interim Chairman of the SportAccord Council, was elected to the Executive Committee of SportAccord Convention at the meeting of the SportAccord Convention General Assembly also held earlier today.

"The SportAccord Convention has become a major event in the international sporting calendar, not only for the sports movement but also for the industry," said Mr. Ricci Bitti. "I have always been one of its greatest supporters. When I was asked to consider the position of President, I accepted the honour and I am fully committed to continuing the successful development of the SportAccord Convention."

Plans are on the way for the 14th edition of SportAccord Convention which will take place in April 2016. Cities interested in bidding to host the Convention in 2016 and beyond should contact SportAccord Convention, Managing Director, Nis Hatt, nis.hatt@sportaccordconvention.com with applications closing by Friday, 14 August 2015.

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

EDITORS NOTES

SportAccord Convention

The SportAccord Convention annually brings together representatives from more than 100 international sports federations and organisations. 

SportAccord Convention welcomes Host City Residents to its Unique Village and Sports Demo Zone for the first time

Date: 
Thursday, April 16, 2015

LAUSANNE, Switzerland – In just under a week, the SportAccord Convention World Sport & Business Summit will take place in Sochi, Russia, from 19-24 April 2015. With history in the making, this is the first time the SportAccord Convention has hosted a unique Village, as well as Sports Demo Zone. Opening daily from 09:00 to 18:30, SportAccord Convention together with a team of local Volunteers, will welcome the residents of Sochi – a city now recognised as a familiar sports hub, business and tourist destination.

Lia Luzzi, Event Executive, and responsible for the SportAccord Convention Village and Sports Demo Zone commented, “The Sports Demo Zone has worked very well in the past, however, this was for our delegates. The SportAccord Convention Village has been created to provide a cultural window to the world, as well as welcome the Citizens and schoolchildren of Sochi, providing inspiration and sharing the intrinsic values held in the Spirit of Sport. The Sports Demo Zone enables Members to showcase their sport with 90-minute Masterclasses, encouraging local children to take part. I am really looking forward to seeing the smiles on their faces.”

Masterclasses have been scheduled daily and participation is on a first-come, first-served basis. Sports disciplines on show include Judo, Wrestling, Sambo, Muay Thai, Karate, Aikido, Orienteering, Floorball, Boules and Chess, as well as GO games for those who want to sit and play whilst learning! Mini-Golf, Table Tennis and billiard tables will also be located around the SportAccord Convention Village for people’s enjoyment, enabling sports enthusiasts to have a game, or anyone wanting to try their hand at an unfamiliar sport, to join in and have fun.

The SportAccord Convention Village will also host an Art Gallery featuring famous artists. This will include Impressionist,Tuman Zhumabaev, one of the most prominent painters living in Russia today, who recently had one of his pictures acquired by the Hermitage for its permanent collection. In the SportAccord Convention Art Corner, the ever-popular crowd-pleaser, Valentina Jarrett, will be in residence throughout the week, to inspire and teach children how to create 3-D art.

The Cultural Programme is also an integral part of the SportAccord Convention, both in terms of involving the local communities and schoolchildren of the Host City, as well as giving artisans and companies visibility. To this end, the SportAccord Convention Village will host an emporium, with local businesses offering products and services from the Krasnodar region. On top of this, artisans will showcase their crafts and regional produce, enabling delegates from around the world, to experience the talents and cultural riches on offer.

Now in its thirteenth year, the SportAccord Convention World Sport & Business Summit brings together key decision-makers from more than one hundred International Sports Federations and Associations, to discuss ways to take sport to the next level for the benefit of everyone worldwide.

For more details on the Masterclasses taking place in the Sports Demo Zone visit http://www.sportaccordconvention.com/programme/sports-demo-zone. Teams of volunteers will also be on hand, providing a warm welcome in the way that Sochi knows best.

For media enquiries, please contact Jenny Edmondson, Media Relations Officer at + 44 (0)20 3289 1690 or jenny.edmondson@sportaccordconvention.com.

SportAccord Convention welcomes back Qatar Olympic Committee as Silver Partner for World Sport & Business Summit

Date: 
Friday, April 10, 2015

LAUSANNE, Switzerland – SportAccord Convention are delighted to welcome Qatar Olympic Committee as a Silver Partner for this year’s World Sport & Business Summit taking place from 19-24 April 2015 at the Sochi Expocentre, Sochi, Russia.

“The Qatar Olympic Committee is pleased to be partnering the SportAccord Convention again this year. The Convention always provides an excellent platform for the sporting community to discuss important issues and the QOC looks forward to strengthening existing associations and building new relationships as part of our commitment to international sports development.” said Sheikh Saoud Bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, Secretary General, Qatar Olympic Committee.

The Qatar Olympic Committee is the overall supervising body for all sports and events in Qatar. This includes supporting its National Federations in the development of their sports and the organisation of world-class events, promoting community participation and enjoyment of sport, and developing sport at every level. 

Nis Hatt, Managing Director, SportAccord Convention commented, “We are delighted to have Qatar Olympic Committee taking part in the SportAccord Convention. Their return as a Silver Partner, reinforces the value seen by governing sports bodies and federations, and we are sure the QOC and all sports organisations will further benefit from the opportunities gained, as the Convention grows in stature to the World Sport & Business Summit.”

With a busy sports calendar both nationally and internationally for 2015, including the World Boxing Championships and IPC Athletics World Championships, which are both taking place in Doha in October, the Qatar Olympic Committee is also actively promoting opportunities for women in sport, and the Qatar Women’s Sport Committee was established in 2000 to encourage greater female sports participation. At this year’s SportAccord Convention, the Conference Programme includes a Panel Session entitled: When Inequality IS the Legacy and will discuss the challenges that still exist for women and girls, even playing sport at all levels, in some parts of the world, as well as the legacy being left behind for girls starting out in sport today.

The SportAccord Convention World Sport & Business Summit is a unique opportunity for key decision-makers in sport to engage with business leaders across 25+ industry sectors. The 6-day event features a 3-day Conference, dynamic exhibition, LawAccord, City Forum, MediaAccord, the SportAccord Convention Village and Sports Demo Zone, as well as hosting the SportAccord Awards, and the annual general meetings of governing bodies of world sport.

For further conference information, including the Official Schedule and Conference Programme, or to register as a delegate, visit www.sportaccordconvention.com.

For media enquiries, please contact Jenny Edmondson, Media Relations Officer at + 44 (0)20 3289 1690 or jenny.edmondson@sportaccordconvention.com  

SportAccord Convention announces Bronze Partnership with the International Association of Athletics Federation

Date: 
Thursday, April 9, 2015

LAUSANNE, Switzerland – SportAccord Convention announced today that the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) had signed up as a Bronze Partner for this year’s World Sport & Business Summit taking place from 19-24 April 2015 at the Sochi Expocentre, Russia.

As part of its sponsorship, the IAAF will be holding a live Kids’ Athletics demonstration on Tuesday, 21st April (12:00-14:00hrs) in front of the Expocentre. Created in 2005, Kids’ Athletics is a worldwide sports development programme with the mission to make Athletics the number one physical activity in schools, and since 2012 has been partnered by “Nestlé Healthy Kids”.

The demonstration event will be attended by IAAF President Lamine Diack and two 800m running greats, Denmark’s 3-time World champion Wilson Kipketer and Russia’s 2004 Olympic champion Yuriy Borzakovskiy.

“The IAAF is thrilled to be a Bronze Partner for this year’s SportAccord Convention. This is an exciting time for Athletics, the number one Olympic sport, and there is no better opportunity in 2015 to showcase our flagship school/youth programme to leading figures in the world of sport,” said Nick Davies, IAAF Deputy General Secretary and Communications Director.

IAAF / Nestlé Kids’ Athletics, which has now been rolled out to over 130 countries, aims to introduce young people to sport and educate them in a fun way about the lifelong benefits of physical activity.

A year ahead of the Rio Olympic Games and, with the IAAF World Championships, Beijing 2015 taking place in the world famous Bird’s Nest stadium from 22 to 30 August, Athletics is in the spotlight. The IAAF is eager to take that opportunity to showcase its inspiring youth development programme to the world.

Commenting on the Partnership, Nis Hatt, Managing Director, SportAccord Convention said: "The Sports Demo Zone is an integral part of the SportAccord Convention and having the support and involvement of the IAAF is significant, as we continue to promote and educate both the youth, and indeed adults, about the benefits of physical activity for health and well-being.”

As part of its Bronze Partner status, the IAAF will also be sponsoring the daily morning runs. On Wednesday, 22nd April, Kipketer and Borzakovskiy will be offering a fortunate group of runners the opportunity to take in the sights by leading them on a short run around the Olympic Park. The aim of the sponsorship is to show that the IAAF is not only about elite performance sport but has a huge role to play to encourage physical activity amongst the wider public.

For further details about the SportAccordConvention World Sport & Business Summit, or to register as a delgate, visit www.sportaccordconvention.com.

For media enquiries, please contact Jenny Edmondson, Media Relations Officer at + 44 (0)20 3289 1690 or jenny.edmondson@sportaccordconvention.com.

SportAccord Convention welcomes Qatar Financial Centre Authority as a Bronze Partner at the World Sport & Business Summit

Date: 
Wednesday, April 8, 2015

LAUSANNE, Switzerland – SportAccord Convention are delighted to welcome Qatar Financial Centre Authority as a Bronze Partner for this year’s World Sport & Business Summit, taking place from 19-24 April 2015, at the Sochi Expocentre, Sochi, Russia.

“Ahead of the 2019 World Athletics Championship and the FIFA World Cup 2022, business opportunities are thriving across sports-related industries in Qatar. The SportAccord Convention will allow us to engage first-hand with industry leaders, key policymakers, and service and technology suppliers looking to establish a presence in Qatar,” stated Martin Tidestrom, Business Development Director, Qatar Financial Centre Authority.

The QFC Authority is an on-shore business and financial centre located in Doha and has been instrumental in helping to develop the private sector in Qatar.

Commenting on the partnership, Nis Hatt, Managing Director, SportAccord Convention observed, “The SportAccord Convention provides a unique opportunity for the Qatar Financial Centre Authority to fulfil its obligations and commitments, by enabling access to Sport and Industry Leaders, in one location, at the World Sport & Business Summit. We’re delighted to have the QFC Authority onboard and wish them every success at the Convention.”

The SportAccord Convention World Sport & Business Summit is a unique opportunity for key decision-makers in sport to engage with business leaders across 25+ industry sectors. The 6-day event features a 3-day Conference, dynamic exhibition, LawAccord, City Forum, MediaAccord, the SportAccord Convention Village and Sports Demo Zone, as well as hosting the SportAccord Sports Awards, and the annual general meetings of governing bodies of world sport.

For further conference information, including the Official Schedule and Conference Programme, or to register as a delegate, visit www.sportaccordconvention.com.

For media enquiries, please contact Jenny Edmondson, Media Relations Officer at + 44 (0)20 3289 1690 or jenny.edmondson@sportaccordconvention.com  

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