POSTED: November 10th 2015

SportAccord: IFs gather in Lausanne for the annual forum with record attendance

The newly renovated Hotel Royal Savoy will be the venue for the meeting / Hotel Royal Savoy
The newly renovated Hotel Royal Savoy will be the venue for the meeting / Hotel Royal Savoy

Francesco Ricci Bitti, ASOIF and SportAccord Convention President / Getty Images
Francesco Ricci Bitti, ASOIF and SportAccord Convention President / Getty Images

LAURA WALDEN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The 9th edition of the International Sport Federations (IF) Forum hosted by the SportAccord Convention kicks off tomorrow in Lausanne at the newly remodeled Hotel Royal Savoy. The IF Forum this year is focusing on 'Governance in Sport' and has been developed in close collaboration with the International Olympic Committee and SportAccord Convention Stakeholders.  

The three day event takes place November 11-13 and offers the Ifs an opportunity to meet and study in-depth ways and means to better manage their individual sports.

IOC President Thomas Bach will be in attendance delivering a welcome speech with ASOIF and SportAccord Convention President, Francesco Ricci Bitti opening the meeting.

"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," said Ricci Bitti. "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 program will feature Simon Greenberg, Global Head of Rights, News Corp as the keynote speaker.

And the 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.

Also on the packed agenda to discuss: 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.

For further information on the IF Forum Conference Programme, visit is an official media partner of SportAccord

**LAURA WALDEN has over twenty-five years of experience in the Olympic Movement, formerly at the European Olympic Committees with SportEurope under former IOC President Dr. Jacques Rogge and IOC Member Mario Pescante. She worked with the Rome 2004 and Turin 2006 Olympic bids and also managed PR & media for Dr. Jacques Rogge during his campaign for the presidency.

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