From April 15th-20th, the 16th edition of SportAccord took place in Bangkok, Thailand. The convention is the world’s premier and most exclusive annual event at the service of sport. It is focused on driving positive change internationally and dedicated to engaging and connecting; rights holders, organising committees, cities, press and media, businesses and other organisations involved in the development of sport.
IFSC President Marco Scolaris and IFSC Head of Olympic Coordination Jérôme Meyer attended the event this year, participating in the General Assemblies of the International World Games Association (IWGA) the Association of Recognised International Sport Federations (ARISF), the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) and the Global Association of International Sport Federations (GAISF), as well as meetings with the IOC, WADA and other leading actors in sport.
The World Olympians Association (WOA) launched the largest ever global study analysing the long-term health of Olympians, an initiative unveiled by WOA President Joël Bouzou at SportAccord. The study targets +10,000 Olympians and aims to improve their post-career life by identifying risk factors associated with elite-level sport. Olympians who have finished competing at an Olympic level may register here to receive the link to complete the 25-minute online survey.
President Scolaris also took the occasion to meet with the Sport Climbing Association of Thailand, discussing the development of the sport in Thailand at the grassroots and international levels with its President, Somboon Uthaiwiankul, and Vice-Secretary General, Sarun Lorhpipat.
Following the general assembly of the IWGA, the Sports Programme of The World Games 2021 in Birmingham, Alabama, was announced at SportAccord. 3,600 athletes from more than 100 countries will compete in 30 sports when The World Games return to the United States for the first time since 1981. Sport Climbing competitions will take place at the event for the fourth consecutive edition, and already the city of Birmingham is alive with the climbing spirit. Artist Marcus Fetch painted a mural downtown featuring a Sport Climbing athlete, hoping to get citizens talking about The World Games 2021. Watch the time-lapse below to see the magic unfold.
In January, The World Games 2017 - Wroclaw Speed climbing winner Reza Alipourshenazandifar (IRI) was voted Athlete of the Year 2017, rising to the top of the public vote in the very last moments. Unable to attend SportAccord 2018, President Scolaris received the award on his behalf during the convention. The full replays of Bouldering, Lead and Speed climbing finals in Wroclaw can be found on the event page.
"It's hard to imagine another presentation of Sport Climbing at The World Games quite like the 2017 event in Wroclaw, but already 2018 is off to a fantastic start. The appeal of Sport Climbing is true around the world, from Bangkok to Birmingham, and we returned from SportAccord with many insights into the wider movement shaping the future of our sport," says President Scolaris.
Stay tuned to the IFSC website for more information about The World Games in Birmingham, and visit The Daily for full summaries of the SportAccord convention.