IFSC President Attends SportAccord 2019 in the Gold Coast of Australia

The 17th edition of SportAccord, World Sport & Business Summit, concluded on Friday in the Gold Coast of Queensland, Australia. From May 5-10th, the convention saw 1,700 delegates from 830 Organisations, including 109 International Federations and Associate Members of 84 different nationalities, from 176 cities and regions, travel to the Gold Coast for the annual event.

IFSC President Marco Maria Scolaris and IFSC Head of Olympic Coordination Jérôme Meyer attended SportAccord, where they met members of the sport world and in particular, International Federations and their stakeholders. Many of whom host their Annual General Assemblies during the convention, stakeholders include the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF), the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF), the Association of International Olympic Winter Sports Federations (AIOWF), the Association of IOC Recognised International Sports Federations (ARISF), the Alliance of Independent Recognised Members of Sport (AIMS) and Associate Members.

“With just one year to go until Sport Climbing’s Summer Olympic debut at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, the IFSC is delighted to join fellow International Federations at SportAccord, which aims to drive positive change through sport across the world,”  declared IFSC President Marco Scolaris.

President Scolaris and IFSC Head of Olympic Coordination Jérôme Meyer took the opportunity to attend a series of Tokyo 2020 preparatory meetings whilst participating in the convention, considering also Sport Climbing’s bid for the Olympic Games Paris 2024 and the presence of Sport Climbing in future Olympic programmes.

“Following on from the Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018, Sport Climbing’s Olympic journey continues in 2020,”  stated IFSC Head of Olympic Coordination Jérôme Meyer. “We’re excited to watch Sport Climbing grow over the coming years as it makes the transition into an Olympic sport.”

Subsequent to the SportAccord General Assembly on Wednesday 8th May, SportAccord confirmed the unanimous election of a new President, Dr Raffaele Chiulli. Dr Chiulli is also President of ARISF and the International Powerboating Federation (UIM), as well as leader of GAISF.

During the Annual General Meeting of the International World Games Association (IWGA) at SportAccord, the host of The World Games 2025, which will follow the 11th edition of the multi-sport event in 2021 in Birmingham, Alabama (USA), was announced as Chengdu, China. The Sports Programme of The World Games 2021 was released succeeding the IWGA Annual General Meeting at SportAccord 2018.

SportAccord 2020 is set to take place in Beijing, China, on 19-24th April 2020.

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