(ATR) The impact of the coronavirus pandemic hits SPORTEL 2020
in Monaco. The annual trade show for sport TV and digital content and technology will be postponed for the first time in its 30 year history.
SPORTEL 2019 in Monaco. (ATR)
A fixture on the calendar in October since its inception, organizers of the convention say increasing restrictions on travel are the driving force behind the postponement.
The new dates are February 22-24, 2021.
While travel within Europe is possible for some participants, travel from the US and Asia in particular is currently not possible to Monaco.
As many as 3000 delegates have participated in past SPORTEL editions. The Grimaldi Forum will continue as the exhibition venue.
This past March the bi-annual SPORTEL Miami became the last major meeting of its kind
SPORTEL CEO Laurent Puons. (ATR)
scheduled for 2020. The virus was already a concern at the time with participants at the Miami event encouraged to bump elbows instead of shaking hands.
Speaking to Around the Rings
at that time, SPORTEL CEO Laurent Puons expressed the hope that the marquee event in Monaco would not be compromised.
But a week later, the World Health Organization would label the spread of the coronavirus a pandemic, triggering the collapse of the calendar for sport and just about any other human endeavor across the globe.
"Giving up is not in my vocabulary. But given the travel restrictions, it is impossible to keep our event in October," says Puons this week in a press release announcing the change in dates.
"The easiest solution would have been to simply cancel the event, but the sports business economy cannot afford to put itself on hold for too long. Convinced that this economy will fully recover in the coming months, we must be there when the time comes,” he says.
Reported by Ed Hula.
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