LAUSANNE, Switzerland – The ninth edition of the International Federation (IF) Forum focussed on Governance in Sport and came at a time when governance at global levels is under scrutiny. International sport federations gathered in Lausanne, the Olympic Capital and this year’s conference programme received considerable interest with record numbers of delegates in attendance.

Thomas Bach, President, International Olympic Committee (IOC) gave the Welcome Address and ended by encouraging international sport federations to make the most of the IF Forum, its conference programme and their time together.

In his Opening Address, Francesco Ricci Bitti, President, ASOIF and SportAccord Convention, acknowledged how the role of international sport federations has evolved over the years and now requires a more sophisticated approach, to respond to the growing awareness of the relevance of sport economically, as well as the educational and social values in its ability to shape a better world.

The Keynote Address: Sport’s Stark Choice – Change or be Regulated, delivered by Simon Greenberg, Head of Global Rights, News Corp, gave a frank account of what happens if good governance is not applied and how the media became perilously close to being regulated. In an interview following his Keynote Address, Simon Greenberg commented:

“Sport certainly needs to adopt many of the good corporate disciplines from other sectors such as the financial services industry, and if they do that, I think they will go a long way to possibly repairing their image in the eyes of certain stakeholders and indeed the public.”

The conference programme covered: Implementing Good Governance; Accountability through Transparency and Democratic Decision-Making; Preventing Competition Manipulation; as well as Sustainability and Legacy. Delegates heard perspectives from the IOC as well as the European Union and international sport federations also took part in best practice sessions which provided opportunity for exchange and debate. IF Forum Partners - JLT Sport, Penceo and Repucom shared their insights with presentations, while Municipal Councillor Marc Vuilleumier, welcomed delegates on behalf of the City of Lausanne and Canton of Vaud.

The IOC also marked the launch of the IF Sustainability Best Practice Project to be implemented next year. A statement was also released confirming the international sport federations’ acceptance of the IOC’s invitation to work together, to not only establish indicators and assessment mechanisms for governance in sport, but to promote their use within their respective sports.

The IF Forum was held from 11-13 November 2015 and provides international sport federations with a working platform for exchange and debate. Hosted by SportAccord Convention, this year’s Forum took place at the newly renovated Hotel Royal Savoy, where delegates were able to network and continue discussions at evening receptions in pleasant surroundings.

For highlights and interviews visit the IF Forum on YouTube and images from the event on Flickr.

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