Sport World Meets at SportAccord in Denver

From 23-27 March, the annual SportAccord Conference was held in Denver, Colorado, USA, for the seventh time. 26 Mar 2009 By IPC

This annual international sports convention is bringing representatives from the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), including IPC President Sir Philip Craven and IPC CEO Xavier Gonzalez, several International Sports Federations affiliated to the General Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF), the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) and the Association of the International Olympic Winter Sports Federations (AIOWF), as well as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board, together with host and candidate cities, sponsors, sports lawyers, broadcasters and other specialists to discuss the key issues facing the sports industry.

The convention was attended by over 1,000 delegates, participating in several open sessions, workshops, seminars, networking opportunities and an exhibition, all hosted around the GAISF meetings. SportAccord encompasses the annual Associations’ Congress and General Assemblies, while offering the sports community a powerful opportunity to come together in an exclusive and authoritative networking environment to build relationships, exchange knowledge and develop ideas.

Paralympian Ambassador and Paralympic Gold Medalist Chris Waddell joined a star-studded line up in the world of sport, to present at SportAccord. In one of the session, Chris discussed alongside other athletes and professionals in sport about ‘Sport & Philanthropy - The Value Of Giving Back’.

Other presentations included ‘Global Sports Ownership In the 21st Century’, ‘2020 & Beyond - How Will Sport Change As The World Changes?’, ‘Big Leagues & Federations - How Professional Sport and International Governing Bodies Can Improve Collaboration’, ‘Youth Olympic Games - Engaging The Youth Of The World’.

The next SportAccord will take place from 26-30 April 2010 in Dubai. For more information, please visit