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  • Sports Federations Exchange Best Practices


    11/24/10

    (ATR) The lessons of dealing with an athlete’s death at competition is one topic being shared at the ongoing International Federations Forum in Lausanne.
    Luge federation secretary general Svein Romstad. (Getty Images)

    Svein Romstad, secretary general of the International Luge Federation, tells Around the Rings he spoke on Tuesday about “the tragic event in Vancouver” when Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili died on a practice run on the day of the opening ceremony.

    “What I tried to do was to share experiences that might help in case a federation face what we faced.”

    Romstad was joined by luge federation president Josef Fednt at the annual exchange of business practices among Olympic sports federations.

    The aptly named forum kicked off Monday with welcome speeches by IOC president Jacques Rogge and SportAccord president Hein Verbruggen, as well as keynote addresses by basketball federation secretary general Patrick Baumann and Mike Plant, executive VP of Major League Baseball’s Atlanta Braves.

    The event is closed to the media, but ATR asked around for a taste of what’s been said and what’s still to come.

    “[Rogge] spoke about the success of the Vancouver Olympics, about how well it was run and about how the Canadian public got behind it,” said Matthew Pound, spokesman for the modern pentathlon federation, UIPM.

    “That’s a model that he’s going to recommend different Olympics to use.”

    Pound also said Rogge talked about the success of the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore as well as about the buildups to London 2012, Sochi 2014 and Rio 2016.

    Among Tuesday’s presentations were a look at World Series of Boxing’s recent debut by boxing federation president C.K. Wu, a how-to for making the best of bad news by Olympic Park Legacy Company communications director Karen Webb and a tutorial on making room for innovation by International Ice Hockey Federation secretary general Horst Lichtner.

    “It’s a bit of a learning experience meeting and networking with different federations,” Pound told ATR. “It’s good to meet your colleagues and exchange personal ideas on a personal basis with different people and put a face to name.”

    Pound said representatives from almost every federation are in attendance.

    On Wednesday, International Equestrian Federation secretary general Alex McLin will address “Working with event owners within your sport,” International Biathlon Union secretary general Nicole Resch will address “Adapting to new technology and social” and International Tennis Federation executive VP Juan Margets will tackle scheduling conflicts in a workshop titled “Setting a Date”.

    Rowing federation president Denis Oswald will round out the day with closing remarks.

    Written by Matthew Grayson and Ed Hula III.

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