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SportAccord Now Taking Bids to Host World Sport & Business Summit

29 Aug, 2020

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Want to send a strong signal that you’re back in the game and open for business? SportAccord has launched the host city application processes for future editions of its SportAccord World Sport & Business Summit and Regional SportAccord events.

Cities interested in hosting the SportAccord World Sport & Business Summit , the global sports industry’s most influential annual gathering in 2022 or subsequent editions have been invited to submit a Bid City Application Form.

The inaugural edition of Regional SportAccord Pan America took place in December last year in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and those interested in hosting future editions in any year through to 2023 can complete a Bid City Application Form. (Applications will be considered to host a dedicated Regional SportAccord for Europe, Asia, Africa or Oceania, as well as Pan America).

Each Bid City Application Form should be submitted along with a formal Letter of Commitment that has been signed on behalf of the prospective host city.

Information about who attends both events, as well as hotel accommodation requirements, short- and long-term hosting benefits, the financial commitments and hosting terms, and the bidding and selection processes can be found in the bid documents.

The SportAccord World Sport & Business Summit, first held in 2003, is the only global sports business gathering attended by all international sport federations and their affiliated umbrella organizations, as well as organizing committees, hosting cities and regions, governments and administrations, rights-holders, agencies and athletes, plus experts and organizations from the sports media, technology, investment, medical and legal sectors.

With more than 1,500 key decision-makers representing at least 1,000 different organizations and over 150 cities and regions in attendance, the six-day event in March, April or May each year features high-level meetings, a conference program split into multiple sector-specific ‘streams’, a bustling exhibition and numerous social events for delegates.

Nis Hatt, Managing Director, SportAccord, says: “We have already received numerous expressions of interest regarding future editions of both of these industry-leading events from prospective host cities from across the globe. We are focusing on the future with great optimism, with the highly anticipated World Sport & Business Summit 2021 in Ekaterinburg serving as a significant signpost, and we look forward to receiving formal applications in the coming weeks and months for events that will support a bright new chapter for the international sports movement.”

Regional SportAccord was launched in order to bring together international sport federations and organizations involved in the business of sport for a specific region, with the 2019 Regional SportAccord Pan America event attended by international sport federations, cities and ministries, rights-holders and industry experts. Designed to welcome more than 500 delegates from over 50 countries representing at least 200 different organizations, Regional SportAccord, held over three days, also showcases a two-day conference program and an extensive sports industry exhibition.

Every Bid City Application will be presented to the SportAccord Executive Committee for review, and each city will receive feedback.

For any questions regarding the Bid City Application Process, please contact SportAccord Managing Director Nis Hatt by e-mail at nis.hatt@sportaccord.sport or by phone at 011-41-79-126-62-28.

It is recommended that potential host cities follow SportAccord’s portfolio of events via Twitter @sportaccord or keep up-to-date via LinkedIn and FacebookYouTube and Flickr.

SportAccord brings together international sports federations and organizations 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, organizing 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 sport 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 Recognized International Sports Federations), AIMS (Alliance of Independent Recognized Members of Sport), GAISF (Global Association of International Sports Federations) and Associate Members.

In addition, SportAccord receives the full support of the International Olympic Committee.

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