An important week for FIS President Gian Franco Kasper at SportAccord
The 12th annual SportAccord Convention was successfully staged from 6th-11th April 2014 in Belek/Antalya (TUR). It attracted 1636 attendees representing 78 nationalities from around the world. An impressive 25 percent of all the delegates at the world sports summit, held at the Susesi Convention Centre, were newcomers with 410 participants attending the Convention for the first time.
At the closing press conference, SportAccord Convention President Marius L. Vizer was joined by FIS President Gian-Franco Kasper, who during the Convention was elected President of the Association of the International Olympic Winter Sports Federations (AIOWF), one of the core stakeholders in the event. In addition to his new role with AIOWF, Kasper was also appointed as a Senior Vice President of SportAccord during the convention.
The SportAccord Convention 2014 hosted 40 official meetings of sporting bodies, as well as ‘thousands and thousands of side meetings’ arranged by participants during the week-long gathering. The Convention was again the focus of high international media interest, with 736 dedicated news stories appearing in 34 countries.
Three cities are being explored as possible hosts of SportAccord Convention 2015: Abu Dhabi (UAE), Durban (RSA) and Sochi (RUS). Vizer said that a final decision would be made after technical inspections of the three potential locations.
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