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  • IF Forum Emphasizes Sustainability -- Conferences and Conventions


    (ATR) Multiple case studies and presentations by leaders of International Federations showcase the importance of global climate change and the challenges it presents to the global sporting landscape.

    The 2017 IF Forum was held in the Olympic capital of Lausanne. (ATR)
    Federation leaders gathered in the Olympic capital of Lausanne last week for the 11th IF Forum. The theme of this year’s forum was sustainability.

    More than 100 IFs and seven observer organizations attended the IF Forum to discuss strategies on how to change attitudes about sustainability through sports and events.

    Hosted by SportAccord Convention, IOC President Thomas Bach welcomed delegates to the annual gathering that was opened by GAISF and SportAccord Convention President Patrick Baumann.

    “I would like to thank the many expert speakers for making this year’s IF Forum on Sustainability so illuminating, bringing clarity and insight to important issues and highlighting ways in which we can help make a difference,” Baumann said in a statement.

    “While we have a clear duty to preserve and promote sport for the next generation we have an even greater Duty of Care to our environment to ensure that the world we hold in trust is a great place to live and to play sport.”

    GAISF vice president Raffaele Chiulli mirrored Baumann’s comments.

    “IFs are uniquely placed to promote the conservation on biodiversity and sustainability in sport,” Chiulli said. “It is imperative that we also take a leading role in spreading our message and encouraging all our stakeholders to do more as well.”

    Host City Contracts Focus of Joint LawAccord, CityAccord Workshop

    LawAccord and CityAccord to hold inaugural joint workshop in 2018. (SportAccord Convention)
    The 2018 SportAccord Convention will feature an inaugural workshop combining LawAccord and CityAccord.

    The joint gathering will analyze the process and structure of Host City Agreements for major events such as the Olympics, FIFA World Cup and continental multi-sport games.

    Delegates from International Federations, legal teams, experts and other sports stakeholders will discuss the risks and business implications of global sporting events, according to organizers. The workshop will be co-hosted by Steven Townley of LawAccord and David Simon of CityAccord on April 18, 2018.

    “This workshop collaboration is a first at SportAccord Convention and enables international sports federations and cities to work through Host City Agreements from every angle,” the hosts said in a statement. “Delegates will be able to examine the issues and challenges everyone is facing - including stakeholders – and in turn provide a sound basis for lawyers to meet client expectations too.

    “Getting the hosting agreement right from the outset also means both international sports federations and cities are in a much better position to mitigate risks and disputes, and ultimately deliver a successful event.”

    Topics of the workshop will include conflict areas, frequent disputes, risk responsibility, anti-corruption, mitigation against litigation risks as well as the role of insurance.

    SportAccord Convention 2018 will take place in Bangkok, Thailand from April 15-20.

    Olympic Legacy the Focus of Dream Together Forum

    The 2017 edition of the annual Dream Together Seoul Forum will focus on the ways in which PyeongChang 2018 can develop a strong Olympic legacy.

    Dream Together Seoul Forum 2016 (Seoul National University)
    The theme of the event, “Olympic Legacy and Sustainability: From the past to the future”, will explore positive examples of Olympic legacy in the past and discuss how similar principles can be utilized in South Korea for next February’s Winter Olympics.

    The Dream Together Forum is supported by Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Korea Sports Promotion Foundation to promote global sport development. The forum began in 2013 and is a platform where IOC members, NOC leaders and scholars speak about critical issues on the sports agenda.

    The 2017 edition will seek to promote the PyeongChang 2018 Games and facilitate the development of the Olympic legacy. Organizers of the forum argue that Olympic legacy is often misunderstood and the forum will analyze examples of successful legacies such as London 2012 and Vancouver 2010.

    IOC Executive Board member Ser Miang, Vancouver 2010 chairman John Furlong, PyeongChang 2018 vice president Johoo Kim, Tokyo 2020 public relations secretary Hiromi Kawamura and IOC head of legacy Tania Braga are some of the featured speakers of this year’s forum.

    The InterContinental Seoul COEX Hotel will host the event that takes place on Nov. 24. It is organized by the Seoul National University.

    Register for the event by Nov. 21.

    Conference Schedule

    TAFISA World Congress: Nov. 15-19 

    Play the Game: Nov. 26-30 

    Host City 2017: Nov. 28-29 

    Peace and Sport International Forum: Dec. 6-8 

    SPORTELAsia: Mar. 13-15, 2018 

    Coliseum Summit London: Mar. 21-22, 2018 

    SportAccord Convention: April 15-20, 2018

    Host City Asia: May 2018

    Coliseum Summit US: May 9-10, 2018 

    IWG World Conference on Women and Sport: May 17-20 , 2018 

    International Sports Convention: Dec. 5-6, 2018

    Written by Kevin Nutley

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