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SportAccord 2012 Recap

June 5, 2012

The NASC was well represented at this year’s SportAccord Convention in Quebec City. SportAccord is owned by the international federations of summer and winter sports. It also attracts the meetings of the International Olympic Committee, and was the site for the announcement of the three finalist cities for the 2020 Olympic Games (Madrid, Istanbul, and Tokyo).

The United States Olympic Committee and the IOC also announced the resolution of their long simmering dispute over distribution of revenues from television and international sponsors. This dispute has made it difficult, if not impossible, for our cities to obtain a future Olympic Games (New York and Chicago both suffered under this dispute). The USOC is expected to begin assembling its strategy for a future bid later this month.

We have pressed for several years to schedule a meeting between international bid city representatives. Although it is common for cities in the USA and Canada to meet and discuss topics of interest, this is much less common everywhere else.

As far as we can determine, the City-to-City  session in Quebec City was the first time cities have met alone (with no consultants or suppliers and no international federations) to discuss topics of interest.

At the conclusion of the three hour session there was agreement to pursue additional meetings at future conferences, and to use input from the participants to plan for next year’s SportAccord in St. Petersburg, Russia.

SportAccord 2012 attracted 1800 people from across the globe. I have been honored to have assisted in seven of the ten conferences since its inception in 2003 in Madrid. The NASC places a high value on its relationship with SportAccord. We will continue to represent the USA at future conferences, and feel it is getting to the point where a USA Pavilion could be created. Our friends in Canada have had a Canadian cities pavilion for several years.

International championships can be costly ventures, and many countries have government programs in place to support bids. I was interested to learn that the Province of Quebec was increasing its annual budget in support of sports events from $4 to $8 million!

Must be nice.

– Don