POSTED: May 22nd 2012

10th anniversary of SportAccord kicks off in Quebec

This year there are over 1800 people in attendence / SFC
This year there are over 1800 people in attendence / SFC

LAURA WALDEN in QUEBEC / Sports Features Communications

May 22 – The tenth edition of the SportAccord convention got off to a good start this morning in Quebec City with a stellar attendance of international sports federations and the top echelon of world sport.

The meetings kicked off with the Association of Summer International Sports Federations (ASOIF) General Assembly and Francesco Ricci-Bitti, head of the International Tennis Federation (ITF) was elected the new president after Denis Oswald stepped down. CK Wu, president of the International Boxing Federation (AIBA) will sit on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) executive board and represent the Ifs.

The afternoon featured the City Forum which dealt with topics such as Taking it to the Streets and City Activation, the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011 & 2015, and Who Pay’s for What? Also a tourism booth was unveiled on the city of Quebec this afternoon publicizing all the exciting things the lovely city can offer with a taste of old Europe.  

IOC executive board will convene tomorrow and make a decision on how many cities will be promoted to Candidate City status for the 2020 summer Games. There are five cities in the running for this bid race and they are Baku, Doha, Istanbul, Madrid and Tokyo. This is destined to be a real cliff hanger as there is no distinct favorite in the group and all the cities are on multiple bids no one is a first timer.

Over the past decade SportAccord has developed and flourished into the number one networking event on the annual calendar. It started out as a gathering point for the international sports federations and has developed into a multi-faceted appointment with many purposes.

For the 2012 edition there are over 1800 people and this makes approximately 200 more attending than there were last year. The exhibition has 83 exhibitors from all corners of the sports world and there are 70 countries represented in attendance.

This year marks the first time it has been held not in a hotel as this time the proceedings are taking place in the Quebec convention center.

Jay Stuart, in charge of media for SportAccord said, “A lot of the growth has been attributed to the awareness about the event. Now finally we see that people understand the depth of SportAccord and expansion of the exhibitions is a reflection of what this event can do. The growth of the exhibition area has shown how the event can flourish.”

SportAccord is taking place this week until the 25th and there will be plenty of excitement and game changing decisions on the future of the 2020 candidate cities.

Keywords · SportAccord · ASOIC · IOC · 2020 Games

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