POSTED: April 21st 2016
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SportAccord: Lausanne proved to be the perfect choice for this year's event

SportAccord Convention Managing Director, Nis Hatt, and Francesco Ricci-Bitti, President, SportAccord Convention and ASOIF at the SportAccord Convention Press Conference / SportAccord
SportAccord Convention Managing Director, Nis Hatt, and Francesco Ricci-Bitti, President, SportAccord Convention and ASOIF at the SportAccord Convention Press Conference / SportAccord


LAURA WALDEN in Lausanne at the SwissTech Convention Center / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The SportAccord convention this year has been a resounding success after last year's contentious meeting in Sochi, Russia when then President Marius Vizer launched a contentious attack on the IOC. 

The decision to move the event to the Olympic capital, Lausanne, proved to be the perfect solution for this year's event bringing the sports world back to the headquarters of most of the international sports federations. With easy access the SwissTech Convention Center has been a good venue fit as well and the halls have been buzzing all week long with meetings, panels, exhibits, forums and a full schedule of events going on.

The numbers speak for themselves as the official results were released and they counted 1,720 delegates in attendance coming from 780 organizations representing 100 IFs, 76 nationalities, 89 cities and regions.

There have been three Olympic organizing committees present representing Rio 2016, PyeongChang 2018, Tokyo 2020 Games who gave updates for the international sports federations and held meetings. All four 2024 bids Budapest, Los Angeles, Rome and Paris were here gathering information, meeting with IFs and lobbying to push their offers to host the Olympic Games. 

There has been good media attendance as well and over 1,500 articles have been written about the numerous activities, signings and news about the SportAccord Convention.

Today the final meetings with wrap and the high note on the agenda will be the election of the new head of SportAccord as interim president Gian-Franco  Kasper steps down. 

International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Secretary General Patrick Baumann is running against Anna Arzhanova, head of the World Underwater Federation (CMAS) for the top spot to manage the international federation's governing body.


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