CH2M HILL puts sustainable sport on the agenda at SportAccord Convention

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

SportAccord Convention is pleased to announce CH2M HILL as the Official Sustainability and Legacy Partner of the 2014 event, taking place at the Susesi Convention Centre in Belek/Antalya, Turkey, 6-11 April.

At the Convention, delegates can share their positive ideas and experiences on sustainable sport at the ‘Share a Positive Impact Zone’ located in the exhibition hall. In this innovative space responses are being presented on a plasma screen for all to see and prizes will be awarded for the best entries.

“This year CH2M HILL have activated their partnership with a truly meaningful exercise,” said Nis Hatt, Managing Director of SportAccord Convention.

“Sustainability in sport is such an important topic, but knowing the steps to take to ensure that we have a positive impact, especially in the organization of major events, can be a challenge. CH2M HILL’s initiative provides us with a platform to knowledge share, and I’d like to take this opportunity to encourage delegates to spare a moment and drop by the zone.”

Since 2010, SportAccord Convention and CH2M HILL have partnered to integrate sustainable approaches into the Convention and to provide opportunities for delegates to share ideas and best practices around sustainable sport.

“We are proud to be the Official Sustainability and Legacy Partner for the SportAccord Convention for the fifth year running,” says Joseph Danko, CH2M HILL’s Global Director of Urban Environments & Sports.

“Our continued partnership enables us to exchange valuable insight about how sport can make cities great, now and over time. It is exciting to work with SportAccord Convention to integrate sustainable approaches into the event, as well as promote the sharing of ideas about how major sport can create positive, lasting benefits for the host nation.”

On Thursday 3 April, CH2M HILL’s Omur Akay joined Kosta lliev of FIBA 3x3 and Andrew Gettig of Connor Sport Court to speak in a free webinar titled ‘Creating a Positive Legacy for Event Hosts’.

City Priorities study unveiled at SportAccord Convention 2014

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

At SportAccord Convention 2014 here today, PwC presented its latest Thought Leadership publication on how the hosting of sporting events can contribute to regional and city development. The presentation took place at a special break-out session by PwC following the annual City to City Breakfast, which is a private meeting of city administrators from around the world who gather at the Convention each year.

The publication, entitled “It’s How You Play the Game: Matching a Region’s Priorities with the Right Mega – Or Not So Mega – Event,” was presented by PwC’s Cities and Local Government Sector Leader Hazem Galal and PwC’s Asia Pacific Head of PPP and Infrastructure Yumiko Noda. During the break out session, Hazem and Yumiko led a discussion among panellists David Simon of the Los Angeles Sports Council, Iain Edmondson of London & Partners and Rakel Liew of Auckland Tourism, Events & Economic Development on the role of sports events in city and regional development.

Hazem Galal, stated: “The appeal of marquee sports events such as the Olympic Games and football’s FIFA World Cup is undeniable, with cities the world over competing to host these high-profile events, undeterred by the substantial costs, extensive planning and inflexible timelines. However, not every city or region is ready or able to host a marquee mega-event. Some may not have the resources, the infrastructure, or the capacity. Instead, cities and regions are better served by assessing their long-term priorities for development and then bidding on the events that best correlate with those priorities.”

PwC’s new publication presents a framework for helping a city or region decide which event to host, based on key questions under the categories of overall readiness, venues, legacy, supporting infrastructure and intellectual capital. The publication then goes on to explore a number of key aspects on hosting sports event, including ways in which a city or region can maximize the impact of hosting events.

PwC’s insights on maximising the impact of sports events on city and regional development are illustrated within its mega-events publication in five case studies:

  1. 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Olympics and Paralympics in Brazil
  2. 2014 Super Bowl in New York/New Jersey    
  3. 2013 Universiade in Kazan
  4. 2013 America’s Cup in San Francisco
  5. 2012 Olympics and Paralympics in London.

Read the publication.

Infostrada Sports present at SportAccord Convention

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Infostrada Sports is exhibiting at SportAccord Convention 2014 which takes place in Belek/Antalya, Turkey from 6 – 11 April.

Especially for this occasion Infostrada Sports have set up the SportAccord Convention Quiz.

Do you know everything about international sports? Test your knowledge and play the quiz here.

If you would like to set up a personal meeting and learn more about Infostrada Sport's products and services please contact Guido Bouw at [email protected] or contact them via the networking tool on the SportAccord Convention mobile app. Or you can also stop by their exhibition stand anytime (# 62).


Around the Rings Newsmaker Breakfast

Monday, April 7, 2014

Two-time Olympian and Executive Director of Sport and Paralympic Integration for Rio 2016 Agberto Guimarães' will be the featured guest at the next Around the Rings Newsmaker Breakfast, set for the opening day of the SportAccord Convention Conference in Belek/Antalya, Turkey.

Rio 2016’s sports programme, the biggest programme since Beijing 2008, will be the topic of the Breakfast topic.

“The Rio 2016 Summer Olympics will see a return to the 28-sport programme after a 26-sport programme for London 2012,” said ATR Editor and Breakfast host Ed Hula. “Organisers will face a number of challenges in staging the new sports – rugby and golf – in a country where they are not well-known.”

“We’re delighted that Around the Rings have chosen to host their Newsmaker breakfast as part of their partnership at this year’s Convention,” said Nis Hatt, Managing Director of SportAccord Convention.

“The session is certain to initiate real thought-provoking discussion and is the perfect way to get our delegates in the mindset to make the most of our engaging conference programme.”

The Around the Rings Newsmaker Breakfast is set for 09:00 to 09:30 on Wednesday 9 April in the SportAccord Convention Cafe. Guests will be able to participate in a Q&A with Mr. Guimarães' at the end of an interview with Ed Hula.

For the third consecutive year, Around the Rings will have a booth at the SportAccord Convention. Visitors to stand #125 can meet the ATR editorial and sales teams and get one of ATR’s pins for Sochi 2014, widely touted as the hottest collectible of the Winter Games.

Baku 2015 is sponsoring ATR’s coverage of the 12th annual SportAccord Convention. 

Guimarães' career highlights include fourth place in the 800m at the Moscow 1980 Olympic Games and semi-finalist in the 800m in the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games. He also served as Sport Director of the Rio 2007 XV Pan-American and Parapan-American Games. Before joining the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee, he was Development General Manager of the Brazilian Olympic Committee; he also worked as Director of the successful Rio 2016 Bid Committee.

Guimarães' is the latest in a long line of legendary sports leaders to appear as Breakfast guests.

High profile panellists over the years have included the heads of organising committees: Dmitry Chernyshenko of Sochi 2014; Sebastian Coe of London 2012; Carlos Nuzman of Rio 2016; and Gianna Angelopoulos of Athens 2004. Other notables have included Jacques Rogge, then President of the European Olympic Committees; NBC sports chief Dick Ebersol; British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell; Prince Albert of Monaco; Olympic Games Executive Director Gilbert Felli, and pole vault great Sergey Bubka.

For nearly 20 years, Newsmaker Breakfasts have brought together leading figures in the Olympic Movement, media, sports marketers, sponsors and others for a chance to meet and discuss issues facing the Games. The Breakfasts have been hosted in Acapulco, Atlanta, Beijing, Chicago, Copenhagen, London, New York, Salt Lake City, Sydney and Vancouver.

SportAccord Convention 2014 Makes a Host City Impact in Turkey

Monday, April 7, 2014

Hosting SportAccord Convention 2014 will give a significant boost to the economy of host city Belek / Antalya in Turkey, according to research revealed today at the Convention by PwC, the global network of professional services firms.

PwC announced that holding SportAccord Convention, from April 6-11 at the Susesi Convention Centre, will boost the local economy by an estimated US$3.85 million and, perhaps more importantly, contribute to Antalya and Turkey’s achievement of its longer-term development goals. The 12th annual edition of the Convention will attract more than 1,500 delegates from all around the world, most of whom will stay in the city for the entire week.

PwC, a Gold Partner of the SportAccord Convention, estimates the direct economic impacts of the 2014 event at US$2.25 million in spending of non-resident participants in the event. Local companies benefit from this spending, which would not exist without the Convention. The largest share of direct spending will go to hotels and restaurants (83.6 percent). The transportation, social and cultural services, and retail industries are also expected to benefit from the direct impacts of SportAccord Convention.

Indirect economic impacts, as the initial spending triggers a ripple effect through the value chain of the local economy, are estimated at US$1.59 million.

PwC believes that SportAccord Convention will support the Turkish government’s 2023 Strategic Plan and the region of Antalya’s development plan through several intangible impacts:

• Encouraging business activity in areas related to the event by supporting development of social networks and intercultural contacts

• Attracting further major events to Antalya by demonstrating the region’s ability to host such events

• Promoting Antalya as an important global destination for sporting and cultural activities by hosting a significant number of delegates from all over the world and publicizing the event through global media

• Inspiring healthy lifestyles by promoting sports and the hosting of sports events.

Bob Gruman, Managing Partner of PwC’s Global Sports Mega-Events Centre of Excellence stated: “SportAccord Convention has become an important vehicle for popularizing sport and healthy lifestyles worldwide. Hosting 1500 delegates from global sports associations and media for a full week also provides an excellent opportunity to promote Antalya’s beautiful landscape and rich cultural heritage, while encouraging delegates and guests to visit the city again for personal or business reasons.”

“We are extremely pleased to know that our event will deliver real economic benefit to Belek and Antalya,” said SportAccord Convention Managing Director Nis Hatt. “To be validated by PwC’s authoritative research means a great deal to our organisation and to our stakeholders.”

View the Economic Impact Study here.

SportAccord 'Run for a Reason' at SportAccord Convention 2014

Monday, April 7, 2014

“Run for a Reason”. SportAccord, the union both Olympic and non-Olympic International Federations celebrated the first International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP) with a commemorative run

SportAccord invited the Antalya Volunteers Association (Antalya Gönüllüleri Dernegi) to help celebrate this historic day and be part one of the kick-off events of the SportAccord Convention.

Mr. Vlad Marinescu, SportAccord Director General welcomed the members of the Association and stated that “SportAccord chose the Antalya Volunteers Association as a partner today because of their extraordinary social work within the local community, attending to the social needs of children and youngsters in order to improve their mental and physical health.”

Before the Run, the participating children were led by Mr. Marinescu in a stretching session after having warmed up with football, volleyball and badminton fun.  

All children taking part in the festivities were presented with SportAccord gifts including mascots from the World Combat Games. The Association was presented in a donation of 100€ per participant to help support its social activities.

At the closing of the event Mr. Marinescu, reminded all present of Mr. Marius Vizer, SportAccord President’s ambition that “through years, this date shall become universal, a day dedicated to sport practices where everybody, from global to local, commits to promote social positive impact through sport, and sport will truly become a tool to build better society.”

For more information, please contact [email protected]

Baku 2015 discuss the First European Games and their involvement in #SAC2014

Monday, April 7, 2014

1. What can spectators expect from The First European Games, Baku 2015?

The Baku 2015 European Games will unify people across Europe in a passionate celebration of sport.

The largest multi-sport event in the history of Azerbaijan will involve more than 6000 European athletes competing across 19 sports.

World class sporting action in world class facilities in one of the most spectacular locations in the world sums it up perfectly.


2. What is in store for the athletes competing at Baku 2015?

Athletes are at the absolute heart of the Baku 2015 European Games.

We are investing in a total of 20 new and refurbished venues, to provide iconic locations and world-class facilities for all competitors.

Our world-class Athletes’ Village which will host up to 9,000 athletes and officials - has been designed to deliver the best conditions possible for competitors.


3. What legacy are you hoping for in the aftermath of Baku 2015?

The Baku 2015 European Games will leave a lasting legacy for the people of Baku and Azerbaijan. Not only will Baku 2015 provide new world-class sporting venues, it will also act as a catalyst for the development of new urban and community facilities for the people of Baku and Azerbaijan.

We are convinced that our venue development, supported by Azerbaijani Government schemes to promote youth sport participation, will help develop healthier and more active lifestyles across the nation.

We also want use the Games increase expertise levels across a wide range of sectors that are involved in providing goods and services for the event. We aim to develop new and more efficient working processes and more skills, jobs, commercial knowledge and major event expertise in our communities.


4. What is behind your partnership with SportAccord Convention 2014?

The partnership provides a unique opportunity to engage the leaders of international sport, to build relations and to inform them of the rapid progress that is being made to host the First European Games.


5. What conference sessions are you most looking forward to at SportAccord Convention?

The programme of events is impressive. Each session provides an opportunity to learn something new. There is much to discover and learn from the high calibre of speakers scheduled to address the convention.

Azerbaijan’s Minister for Sport and CEO of the Baku European Games Operational Committee, Azad Rahimov will also address the Convention as part of the City Forum Programme.


6. What will be your highlight of SportAccord Convention 2014?

We anticipate that there will be many highlights but we especially look forward to showcasing the Baku 2015 European Games to such an influential audience and to establishing relations which can help us to enhance our preparations.


7. How will SportAccord Convention help in the build-up to Baku 2015?

The SportAccord Convention in an important platform for promoting the Baku 2015 European Games and appraising over 2,500 leading representatives from international sport of the rapid progress that is being made to host this historic event.

This global community can help us to promote the Games around the world and to inspire sports fans to join us in celebrating what is destined to be a spectacular sporting event in June 2015.

QOC Ready to Give the Sports Industry a Boost at SportAccord Convention 2014

Sunday, April 6, 2014

The Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) will be continuing as a Silver Partner for the 2014 edition of SportAccord Convention, taking place 6-11 April at the Susesi Convention Centre in Belek/Antalya, Turkey.

QOC is determined to play its role in reaching out to Qatar and the world through sport, and its Silver Partnership with SportAccord Convention will assist it in developing relationships with International Federations.

“We have enjoyed a long and rewarding relationship with the QOC,” said Nis Hatt, Managing Director of SportAccord Convention.

“As Qatar gets ready to host the 12th FINA World Swimming Championships, the 2015 IHF Handball World Championships and other international events, the 2014 SportAccord Convention is the perfect platform to network and generate the necessary interaction among delegates and federations.”

QOC plays the central role of delivering sport, and the opportunity to take part in sport, to the people of Qatar and the world. Its responsibilities range from the provision of community and grass-roots sports programmes, to constructing and maintaining the facilities which host sport events at both community and international levels.

“The Qatar Olympic Committee is delighted to partner with SportAccord Convention,” said H.E Sheikh Saoud Bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, Secretary General at Qatar Olympic Committee.

“We look forward to creating a partnership that will result in key decision makers engaging to discuss the major topics affecting the development of the global sports industry.”

As part of the partnership, QOC will be sponsoring the 2014 SportAccord Convention Recharging Zone which will provide delegates with the opportunity to meet, recharge and network with the sports industry’s top decision makers.

Connor Sport Court International provides a safe place to play at SportAccord Convention

Saturday, April 5, 2014

SportAccord Convention today announced Connor Sport Court International as Official Sports Surfacing Partner for the 2014 event.

For a third consecutive year, the world’s leading manufacturer of sport flooring will provide the temporary courts for the Convention’s celebrated Sports Demo Zone presented by Edmonton Events.

“It was an easy decision for SportAccord Convention to partner with Connor Sport Court International again,” said Nis Hatt, Managing Director of SportAccord Convention.

“They deliver safe and high performance sports surfaces which are relevant to many of our delegates. They are also dedicated to transforming sport and helping athletes to reach new levels, and so the Convention, which is the single best place to meet leaders in world sport, is the perfect fit.”

Connor Sport Court International is committed to the development of safe, sustainable, high-performance sports surfaces and endeavours to remain at the forefront of discussions on quality sports facilities.

“SportAccord Convention is an unmatched opportunity to meet with and present to the leaders in world sport,” said Andrew Gettig, Vice-President of Connor Sport Court International.

“The collection of decision makers at the Convention make it an invaluable event on our schedule. Our presence allows us to be part of the key discussions that take place on the future of sport and for leaders to think of us as partners in its development.”

The Sports Demo Zone is an opportunity for International Federations (IFs) to showcase their sport. The IFs taking advantage of the high-class flooring include: International Basketball Federation; International Judo Federation, International Association of Athletics Federation and the World Draughts Federation.

Read all about it in #SAC2014 – The Preview

Friday, April 4, 2014

SportAccord Convention is excited to reveal its brand new electronic publication: #SAC2014 – The Preview.

For its 2014 event, SportAccord Convention has joined forces with Geneva-based communication and web design agency, Penceo Sport, to develop an electronic magazine that will provide readers with all the pre-event buzz in the final countdown to the Convention in Belek/Antayla, Turkey.

“The e-magazine allows us to take a more interactive approach in updating our audience with news from our attendees ahead of the event’s launch next week,” said Nis Hatt, Managing Director of SportAccord Convention.

“The organisations that attend are doing so many fantastic things in our world of sport, all of which we’re keen to promote, and #SAC2014 – The Preview provides us with a one-stop-shop opportunity to do this.”

Penceo Sport, the 2014 Convention’s Official Digital Communications Partner, has also upgraded the event’s website, optimising it for mobile devices and giving it a fresh, new look.

"When it comes to sport conferences, SportAccord Convention – where the most influential leaders from the industry meet – is the place to be,” said Pascal Willoughby-Petit, Managing Director of Penceo Sport.

“Penceo Sport is extremely proud to have designed and developed the first ever digital magazine for the event.”

Download #SAC2014 – The Preview.