POSTED: May 23rd 2013

IRB Chairman Lapasset reveals manifesto for SportAccord presidency

Bernard Lapasset, head of international rugby, has a far reaching plan for the leadership of SportAccord / IRB
Bernard Lapasset, head of international rugby, has a far reaching plan for the leadership of SportAccord / IRB

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) For his upcoming bid to become President of SportAccord, International Rugby Board Chairman Bernard Lapasset introduced his election manifesto today with four key principles.

Lapasset has also worked in senior level positions with the International Rugby Board, the French Rugby Federation and the French National Olympic Committee.

“I am passionate about sport and I believe in SportAccord,” Lapasset said. “I want to see International Federations work together to promote and protect the collective interests of sport, which is why my vision is of evolution through unity and good governance. We need to collaborate for the benefit of all sports, while respecting and embracing the diversity of sport.

“Today, I am presented my campaign manifesto which includes the four key principles that will underpin and define my Presidency if I am successful. There are fantastic opportunities ahead and also some challenges, but I believe I have the vision, experience and passion to help SportAccord thrive; to engage, inspire, and excite new generations.”

Lapasset’s four key principles include “A SportAccord Academy to share knowledge and best-practice,” “A SportAccord Festival to celebrate the diversity of sport,” “Becoming the Voice for Sport,” and “Reaffirming Sport’s values, its role and benefits for society.”

The Academy will prepare Federations with information and tools via a suite of conferences, forums, and ‘a community of best practice.’ The SportAccord Festival will be an opportunity to showcase new sports and formats, and for traditional sport to refresh and evolve. Lapasset hopes SportAccord will speak for all sport and be involved with the political agenda, while contributing to sports debates. He also wants SportAccord to develop projects in important areas, including peace and education.

"The SportAccord Academy will be a hub of knowledge and best practice, equipping Federations with the tools they need to drive their sports forward,” Lapasset said.

“As well as providing information on maximising commercial and marketing opportunities, it will also be a centre of discussion and information on sport’s greatest current challenge, the protection of its integrity. Through the Academy, SportAccord must be at the forefront of the fight against betting fraud and the promotion of clean sport, encouraging the exchange of knowledge and providing robust information and education for leaders, athletes and officials.

“Alongside the Academy, the SportAccord Festival will be an opportunity to showcase new sports and formats, to drive commercial revenues and excite new younger audiences.

“SportAccord must lead the sporting agenda, and if I am successful, I will strive to place it at the heart of all key international sporting and political bodies. What’s more by promoting sport’s strong values of inclusivity, tolerance, loyalty and respect, SportAccord can further sport’s role as a vehicle of social change.”

The federations will elect a new SportAccord president at the 2013 General Assembly in St. Petersburg, Russia, 31 May.

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