Sport Leaders, the IOC, International Federations, National Olympic Committees, host cities, services and suppliers, media, consultants and other stakeholders from the world of sport are currently gathering in Bangkok (THA) for the SportAccord Convention from 15th-20th April 2018.
Sport Accord is a non-profit organisation with stakeholders the umbrella Associations of GAISF (Global Association of International Sports Federations) ASOIF (Association of Summer Olympic International Federations), AIOWF (Association of International Olympic Winter Sports Federations) and ARISF (Association of IOC Recognised International Sports Federations), AIMS (Alliance of Independent Recognised Members of Sport) and Associate Members.
FIS is represented by President Gian Franco Kasper, Secretary General Sarah Lewis and Marketing Director Jürg Capol at the conference sessions. Lewis is also a member of the Steering Committee that is organising the annual convention of all International Sports Federations.
In addition to the Association’s General Assemblies and networking opportunities for sports leaders, the week has several workshops aimed at enhancing the knowledge of the attendees and a large exhibition with a wide range of cities, services and other companies involved in various aspects of sport.
A highlight for the seven International Federations comprising the winter sports family on the programme of the Olympic Winter Games was the AIOWF General Assembly and the joint meeting with the IOC Executive Board and senior management, including Thomas Bach and the IOC Vice Presidents. The key topic on the agenda of both meetings focused on preparing the analysis from the recently concluded Olympic Winter Games 2018 in PyeongChang, which will take place next month, shortly followed by the Official IOC Debriefing together with Beijing 2022 taking place in the next host city.
AIOWF held its’ elections during the General Assembly and FIS President Gian Franco Kasper was re-elected as AIOWF President and Sarah Lewis was appointed by the General Assembly as its AIOWF Secretary General.
Gian Franco Kasper stated: “The SportAccord Convention is always a great opportunity to hold several meetings with our colleagues across all sports, both summer and winter as well as non-Olympic sports, as well as benefit from opportunities to discuss and gain insights into developments in the sports industry in general.”