POSTED: April 29th 2016

SportAccord Convention a great success as they get back to basics in Olympic Capital Lausanne

Next year's event will take place in Aarhus, Denmark © SFC
Next year's event will take place in Aarhus, Denmark © SFC

With a number of the IFs and organizations based in Lausanne the venue provided easy access © SFC
With a number of the IFs and organizations based in Lausanne the venue provided easy access © SFC

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Lausanne, Switzerland, the home of a number of organizations, International Federations (IFs), and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) welcomed back the SportAccord Convention for six days of top-level networking, meetings, and conferences. The 14th edition of the SportAccord Convention went back to its raison d'etre and roots. The delegates heralded the Convention as a massive success.

The Convention was housed in the SwissTech Convention Center offered state-of-the-art Exhibition, Opening Ceremony, and Conference facilities. It proved to be the ideal backdrop for industry and sport leaders to discuss the business of sport, showcase their organizations, forge new partnerships, and launch new services. Also, spanning over four days, delegates saw an exceptional line-up of speakers.

After a turbulent year, Lausanne proved to be the best destination for the Convention. The new outlook for 2016 and beyond follows feedback from the desire of the IFs to return to the basics and support of future Conventions. The new outlook also responds to the aspirations and needs of the delegates, along with the wider global sports community.

President of SportAccord Convention, Francesco Ricci Bitti welcomed delegates and encouraged an "open dialogue" on sport's global mission. Over 1,700 delegates from 75 countries gathered to take part in this unique opportunity. Delegations made up of more than 100 IFs and Associate Members; 2024 Bidding Committees; 2016, 2018, and 2020 Organizing Committees; and commercial organizations representing 89 regions or cities.

A collection of influential journalists from all over the world, as well as the Convention's 13 Media Partners, covered this massive gathering, which resulted in more than 1,500 dedicated new stories being delivered across all media platforms and in various languages.

"This year's SportAccord Convention delivered a diverse range of events, spanning multiple sectors and interests, reflecting the increasing role of sport around the world. The SportAccord Convention team would like to thank everyone who has helped to make the 14th edition a great success," expressed Managing Director of SportAccord Convention, Nis Hatt.

Now the focus turns to Aarhus, Denmark where SportAccord Convention 2017 is set to take place from April 2-7, 2017. SportAccord Convention can use the City of Smiles to build on SportAccord Convention 2016's momentum. Currently, discussions are underway with other interested cities who would like their city to host a future SportAccord Convention.

** MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog

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