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    (ATR) Global Sports Week reinvents itself for 2021.

    Organizers this week unveiled plans for a new multi-country format for the event’s second edition, which will take place from Feb. 1-5, 2021.
    The new Paris venue for Global Sports Week (GSW Paris)

    Five continental hubs in Tokyo, Beijing, Dakar, Milan and Los Angeles will be connected live to a central base in Paris.

    A virtual platform will link events across the venues and extend participation to up to 10,000 people worldwide.

    Live spots from iconic sports venues in cities around the world will also form part of the program.

    The GSW House, a new venue located at the We Are Club opposite the Elysee Palace in the French capital, will be the centerpiece for the event.

    The Parisian hotel and garden offers 1,400 square meters of flexible space for talks, exhibitions, pitches, demonstrations and parties, according to organizers.

    The inaugural Global Sports Week was held in February. (GSW Paris)
    The first edition of Global Sports Week last February brought together 2,000 leaders of the world’s sports economy at the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris.

    It was among the last major forums to take place before the coronavirus pandemic. Its agenda focused on the future of sport at the intersection of business and society.

    “The last few months have been a time to think big. The next few months will be a time to put big ideas into action. This is what we plan to do with Global Sports Week in 2021,” Lucien Boyer, co-founder and president of Global Sports Week, said in a statement.

    “Right now, multilateral forums are crucial because multilateral action is needed. We want to be a platform to shape this new era in sport and society.

    “We are also honored to share this vision with three great partners – Groupe BPCE, the French Ministry of Sport and EGG Sports – whose renewed commitment represents a strong endorsement of the Global Sports Week project.”

    Major Events Summit Going Virtual

    Major Events International’s flagship Major Events Summit will be held virtually from July 7-9.

    Speakers at the event include International Paralympics Committee President Andrew Parsons, Paris 2024 director of planning and coordination Lambis Konstantinidis, Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games CEO Ian Reid and UEFA Euro 2020 senior tournament director Andy Carter.

    MEI is predicting more than 500 sporting and event professionals from more than 100 organizations will be attending the summit.

    Organizers say they will provide as many of the benefits of the face-to-face events as they can. Following the three live-streamed content days on July 7-9, the platform will remain open from July 10-13 for delegates to access all content, continue networking, post questions or request follow-ups.

    The sixth edition of the summit is described as a contribution to ensuring the events industry “can return to the new normality with new ways of working and relationships” in the wake of the impact of COVID-19.

    Interactive opportunities will include networking groups, workshops and the ability to ask questions to presenters.

    Click here to register.

    If you’re an event organizer or a local organizing committee, be sure to claim your free pass now! Suppliers can get a 20 percent discount if you include the code ATR20 when registering.

    SportAccord 2019 Wins Awards

    The 2019 edition of the SportAccord World Sport & Business Summit in Gold Coast, Australia is officially award-winning.

    SportAccord 2019 was selected as Platinum Award winner for Best Event in Australia at the 2019 Meeting & Events Australia (MEA). It also won for overall Government Event of the Year and took home the Queensland’s Event Legacy Award. 

    “We are grateful that SportAccord 2019 has been recognized by Meeting & Events Australia for what was such a productive and enjoyable week in Gold Coast, Queensland," SportAccord and GAISF President Raffaele Chiulli said in a statement.

    Ekaterinburg, Russia hosts SportAccord 2021
    "The recognition only solidifies the value of hosting SportAccord to cities, regions and countries and the legacy impact of our event.”

    The 2021 edition of the only global sports industry event attended by all International Sport Federations and their stakeholders will be held in Ekaterinburg, Russia from May 23-28, 2021.

    SportAccord says the vast majority of organizations that had planned to exhibit at SportAccord this year have already confirmed that they are committed to having a presence at the event in Ekaterinburg.

    The 2020 edition was originally scheduled for Beijing and then moved to Lausanne before being cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    Organizations interested in becoming an official partner or exhibitor can email

    Discount Rate for Sportel Monaco 

    A special early bird rate is available for Sportel Monaco, which will be held from October 26-28, 2020.

    Sportel Monaco is in its 31st year as the premier marketplace for sports programming. Nearly two thousand participants make it the world’s biggest trade show of its kind.

    This year's edition "will be “the must-attend event” to catch up with and meet the right people that you need to get back on track for business," Sportel CEO Laurent Puons tells Broadcast Sport.

    Click here to register at a 30 percent discount. The early bird rate is good until July 20.

    Sportel Americas, held in Miami in early March, was one of the last events held before the coronavirus pandemic shut down the sporting world.

    Smart Cities & Sport Summit Offers Choice

    The seventh edition of the Smart Cities & Sport Summit will be held online and hopefully on-site in Lausanne from October 26-28, 2020.

    Organizers say they are taking the unprecedented step “to provide everyone, everywhere in the world, with the possibility to attend”.

    All members of the Smart Cities & Sport network will be granted access to an online streaming of the Summit and will be allowed to invite three additional guests from their organization.

    For those interested in attending in person, registrations will be fully refundable prior to the event given the uncertainty of future travel restrictions amid the ongoing pandemic.

    The early bird rate is available until July 1. Information can be found here.

    Written by Gerard Farek

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