POSTED: March 23rd 2009

Fired up for Sportaccord

Denver's Hyatt Regency, 2009 home of Sportaccord
Denver's Hyatt Regency, 2009 home of Sportaccord

SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT / Sports Features Communications

DENVER: Money and bids will be riding high on the agenda for many of the 1500 representatives from international sport attending Sportaccord here.

The money issue centres on the increasingly tense stand-off between the International Olympic Committee and the United States Olympic Committee over the imbalance in the revenue share between the US and the other Games nations.

Bid issues centre on the 2016 Games and the race to Copenhagen in October which involves four cities and seven sports.

The sports which need to lobby the 15 members of the IOC executive board in town are baseball, golf, karate, roller sports, rugby union, softball and squash. Their particular concern centres on the fact that the board is responsible for undertaking an evaluation ahead of the full IOC’s session in October.

To that extent, the opportunity for Olympic visibility offered by Sportaccord is even more important to the sports than to the competing cities of Chicago, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo.

Six years in

Sportaccord was created and launched in 2003 by the General Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF), the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) and the Association of International Olympic Winter Federations (AIOWF).

These federations hold the rights to a vast number of world championships and other events and thus Sportaccord also serves as a “one-stop-shop” commercial platform for both organisers and potential sponsors and other commercial partners.

The spring meetings of the IOC executive board will again take place during Sportaccord. The IOC also takes the opportunity to hold its annual joint meetings with GAISF, ASOIF and AIOWF. Sportaccord is held in a different country each year and thus next year’s event is scheduled for April 26-30, 2010, in Dubai.

Keywords · Sportaccord · IOC · USOC · 2016 Olympic Games · Copenhagen · Denver

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