SportAccord in Asia for the first time
SportAccord, the annual international sports convention, is being held for the first time in Asia. From now until next Friday in Seoul (Korea), over 800 representatives of International Sports Federations, top leaders, broadcasters, journalists and IOC members will meet, network and exchange ideas and experiences for the benefit of the world sports movement.
Two topics on the agenda
With the 2006 Turin Games having just ended, and the 2008 Beijing Games ahead, the fourth SportAccord will cover two break-out streams, “Staging a Successful Major Event” and “Financing and Promoting a Sport”. There will also be cross-topic interviews of the day – including one with IOC Olympic Games Executive Director Gilbert Felli.
Learning and transferring
Speaking at the SportAccord opening ceremony, IOC President Jacques Rogge recalled the importance of “learning and transferring what should or should not be done from one Games’ edition to the next, which is becoming a key part of the IOC’s work to ensure that the Games leave nothing but a positive impact on the host city and country. And this is the case, too, for any other sporting event”, he said.
Unity within the sports family
For the first time, SportAccord is being held in parallel with an important meeting for the Olympic family: the General Assembly of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC). For the IOC President, “unity within the sports family is a fundamental principle. The more that everyone is united for the good of sport, the stronger is the Olympic Movement.”
Key issues facing the sports industry
SportAccord brings representatives from the 100 International Sports Federations affiliated to the General Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF), the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF), the Association of the International Olympic Winter Sports Federations (AIOWF) and the IOC, face-to-face with sponsors, architects, sports lawyers, broadcasters and other specialists, to discuss the key issues facing the sports industry.