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  • Two SportAccord Announcements at IF Forum


    (ATR) SportAccord will go to Beijing in 2020, while SportAccord said its first ever regional convention will focus on the Americas in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

    Delegates at the IF Forum (GAISF/Twitter)
    The flagship World Sport & Business Summit hosted by the SportAccord returns to Beijing on April 19-24, 2020. Next year’s convention in Gold Coast, Australia will run from May 5-10.

    SportAccord confirmed the location during the 2018 IF Forum in Lausanne hosted by the Global Association of International Sport Federations. Beijing will host the 2022 Winter Olympics, becoming the first city to host the Summer and Winter Games. The Chinese capital hosted the 2008 Summer Olympics.

    “Coming back to Beijing after a period of 12 years is a very exciting prospect for SportAccord and the international sports federations,” Francesco Ricci Bitti, executive committee member of SportAccord, said in a statement. “The global sports landscape has experienced extraordinary change since 2007. Technologies and social media have helped to transform the business of sport and it has never been easier to reach billions of fans – in seconds.”

    According to SportAccord the conference program will include meetings of international federation governing bodies, CityAccord, LawAccord, MediaAccord and HealthAccord, and the traditional summit.

    From December 10-12 of next year, SportAccord will go to Fort Lauderdale, Florida for a conference focused on “enabling IFs to gather with key players from the region”.

    “Regional SportAccord provides the ideal platform to exchange practical ideas and helps to shape the future of sport,” Ricci Bitti said in a statement. “Being able to discuss challenges with leading experts, meet and network with key players, have direct access to conference presenters and get a deeper understanding of the trends that will affect sport in the years to come - all under one roof.”

    Presentations at the ongoing IF Forum today focused on emerging technologies and how federations can adopt them. Oliver Bussmann delivered a keynote address on blockchain technologies, while Simon Farnsworth, Discovery's EVP Technology and Operations, gave a presentation on how 5G technologies were helping Olympic broadcasters.

    Written by Aaron Bauer

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