After five days of meetings, conferences, events, and exhibitions in the Thai capital Bangkok, the SportAccord convention held since April 15 is wrapping up on Friday, as organizers and participants considered the event to be a “huge success”, during which key agreements were concluded.
Focusing on sports and its challenges, SportAccord Convention offers a great platform for IFs to engage with professional companies, host cities, event organizers and businesses to reach development in all key areas.
With the discussions articulated around the main topic: “Uniting a global audience: Marketing and Sponsorship for the future”, all workshops and panel discussions proposed innovative ways to incorporate technology into the delivery of major sport events.
“The convention has been hugely successful. We have had around 2,500 people attending the convention this year, which is a very high number”, Nis Hatt, the managing director of SportAccord, told Anadolu Agency.
For the fist time, the International Weightlifting Federation was present with a booth at the expo area while the Thai Amateur Weightlifting Association also provided opportunities for the participants to get familiar with their activities and the sport of weightlifting.
IWF Booth at SportAccord
The International Weightlifting Federation was represented by Mohamed Jalood, IWF General Secretary, Intarat Yodbangtoey, IWF First Vice President, Attila Adamfi, IWF Director General and Lilla Rozgonyi, IWF Communications and Marketing Director.
The Convention also gave place to a series of meetings such as the GAISF General Assembly, as well as a joint meeting of the IOC and the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF).
At the joint meeting, the IOC President Thomas Bach highlighted the work done by the IWF and especially the Sport Program Commission in delivering the new Qualification System for Tokyo 2020 being an example to be followed.
“Some of you are considering measures and sanctions with regard to National Member Federations,” Bach told representatives from all 33 sports due to appear on the Tokyo 2020 programme.
“In this respect I would like to highlight maybe the approach that the IWF is taking now with this measure of reducing the quota of participation in the [Olympic] Games and in their World Championships for countries which have significant high number of doping tests from which you can conclude that the anti-doping system in this member federation needs to be improved.
“I think the IOC Executive Board has approved this approach and we’re supporting this and it is good food for thought for all of us.”