SPORT'S NO.1 MEETING PLACE

23.05.2012

SportAccord Convention Chairman Hein Verbruggen has hailed Québec City's preparations as "perfect" and backed the 10th anniversary event to enable more top-level networking opportunities than ever before.
More than 50 meetings have been organised beyond the parameters of this week's main programme, which starts today before the LawAccord Convention and City Forum events take place on Tuesday and the conference starts on Wednesday.

For Verbruggen, the packed schedule is evidence that SportAccord Convention has become global sport's No.1 meeting place.

"The original idea behind SportAccord Convention was that we would cram all of those meetings into one week and then we could all be more efficient and cost-effective, and it is really impressive that so many have been scheduled this year," Verbruggen said.

"From the beginning that was one of the main reasons why we started it. But we also realised the platform it would offer to cities."

Québec City is an ideal setting for such a hub of activity, according to Verbruggen.
"The ambience of a city can have a positive impact on the Convention and I certainly think that is going to be the case here," he added.

"It is going to be comfortable to meet here, but it's also going to be very pleasant. It's a very nice city and not too big, and the feedback I've had from IFs has been very positive.

"I really mean it when I say the organisation has been really perfect here in Québec City.

"We had high hopes that it would be good and, as this is the 10th anniversary event, it is always one we wanted to be extra special.

"We're so happy we've chosen this city for the 10th anniversary SportAccord Convention because they are really living up to our expectations."

The theme of this year's Convention is: "A decade of change, a future of promise."

Verbruggen is hoping this year's Convention will provide an opportunity for leading decision-makers to engage in discussions about how sport can influence the wider society for the next 10 years, and beyond. 
"Sport plays a key role in society, and I hope that will be confirmed here this week," he added. 

"It is not only about organising an event. It is also about what sport can contribute towards the development of society; for the poor, for children, for older people and for peace."