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  • Statement: SportAccord 2020


    13 February 2020 – 15:00 CET

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland – SportAccord has confirmed that the SportAccord World Sport & Business
    Summit 2020 will not take place in Beijing due to the Novel Coronavirus outbreak in China.

    Raffaele Chiulli, President SportAccord, said: “In the past few weeks, we have been following the
    development of the epidemic closely. The Chinese Government has taken effective efforts,
    unprecedented measures and all possible resources to combat the epidemic. We do believe that the
    Chinese Government and people in China have the capabilities to have the final win of the war against
    the virus.”

    “SportAccord has developed a mutual and respectful working relationship with the Local Organizing
    Committee, which has displayed outstanding professionalism at all times during the excellent
    preparations for SportAccord 2020 in Beijing. We had no doubt that our hosts would deliver an
    exceptional SportAccord and we are grateful to Beijing for the support and all the efforts it has made for
    preparing SportAccord 2020.”

    “SportAccord 2020 brings nearly 2,000 delegates together worldwide. In addition to that, a significant
    number of participating countries, organizations, companies and institutions to put on exhibitions
    during the event. Considering the epidemic in China and around the world and taking into account the
    various factors of such force majeure situation and through consultation with the SportAccord 2020
    Local Organizing Committee, we have reached a difficult decision that SportAccord 2020 will not take
    place in Beijing. We will continue to collaborate with Beijing and China to promote the healthy
    development of the international sport community. We apologize for any inconvenience thus caused
    for International Sports Federations, registered partners, exhibitors and delegates concerned.”
    SportAccord is now exploring contingency options for relocating the World Sport & Business Summit
    2020 so that it can still take place from 19-24 April 2020.

    Nis Hatt, Managing Director, SportAccord, said: “The Local Organizing Committee for SportAccord 2020
    in Beijing has been a trusted partner during preparations for the event and has shown excellence
    throughout the entire planning process.”

    Partners, exhibitors and delegates who had registered to attend the event in Beijing will be contacted
    shortly with updates and further information regarding the next steps for SportAccord 2020.
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    SportAccord brings together international sports federations and organisations involved in the business
    of sport. The annual World Sport & Business Summit is a six-day event attended by leaders of the global
    sports community. It engages international sports federations, athletes, industry, rights holders,
    organising committees, cities, government, agencies, media, technology, legal teams, medical
    professionals, inventors, and subject matter experts – represented at the highest levels.
    SportAccord is the only global sports business event attended by all the international sports federations
    and their stakeholders, who host their Annual General Assemblies during SportAccord. These
    stakeholders include: ASOIF (Association of Summer Olympic International Federations), AIOWF
    (Association of International Olympic Winter Sports Federations), ARISF (Association of IOC Recognised
    International Sports Federations), AIMS (Alliance of Independent Recognised Members of Sport), GAISF
    (Global Association of International Sports Federations) and Associate Members. SportAccord receives
    the full support of the International Olympic Committee.

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