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  • Raffaele Chiulli Elected SportAccord President


    Gold Coast mayor Tom Tate, Chiulli and SportAccord managing director Nis Hatt after the general assembly on Wednesday
    (ATR) Raffaele Chiulli says future Olympics will continue to be powered by an exciting technology explosion to a different generation of youth in an ever changing urban environment – and with new Olympic sports like breakdancing.

    Chiulli was unanimously elected president of SportAccord at the organisation’s general assembly Wednesday in Gold Coast, Queensland. He takes the reins from Francesco Ricci Bitti.

    Chiulli, who heads the Association of IOC Recognised International Sports Federations, will on Friday be elected president of the Global Association of International Sports Federations. He will replace Patrick Baumann who died suddenly during last year’s Youth Olympics.

    And the president of the International Powerboating Federation was quick to confirm that sports leaders had to become “connected” to the latest technology to become more relevant to the younger generation.

    “There was an interesting technology forum [on Wednesday] on how in order to be more relevant to the younger generations in the future we have to quickly and deeply change the way we offer international sport,” said Chiulli.

    “For example at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games where there will be five new sports… including skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing.

    “These [are examples] of how there will be significant change in the way our international sport leaders see our future. Think about the 2024 Olympic Games where, subject to final approval by the International Olympic Committee, but it has been proposed already to have breakdancing in the OIympic Games… fantastic.

    “And the technology that comes along with the inclusion of these sports through social media and the Olympic Channel which is a wonderful platform not just for showcasing but to engage the next generations and to ensure that one day they will be the future athletes in these sports.”

    Chiulli said he was proud to have been chosen to lead SportAccord. “Sport has never been more relevant as a means of bringing people together around the values of inspiration, unity and respect. I am very excited by the scope for us to do more really valuable work in the future,” he said.

    “SportAccord is a powerful brand, going from strength to strength and widely known as the place to connect.
    “It is a great platform for learning and sharing, which brings together international federations and the wider sports world. And our gathering here in Gold Coast will be one of the biggest and most relevant of the year.”

    He spoke about the launch this year of SportAccord regional conventions, starting in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in December. “We can look forward to much more in the future.”

    Reported by Ian Hanson at SportAccord

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