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SportAccord Convention Scheduled for April 6-11, 2014, The Susesi Resort, Belek/Antalya, Turkey

January 30, 2014

What is SportAccord Convention?

SportAccord Convention is the annual platform in which over 100 international sport federations meet face to face with potential host cities of their international events.

“SportAccord Convention helped London secure the 2017 IAAF World Championships, and secure the 2013 ITU Grand Final… SportAccord Convention enables people to come together and helps secure future events for London.” (Ian Edmondson, Head of Major Events, London & Partners)

Who attends SportAccord Convention?

  • Over 100 International Sport Federations
  • Sporting host cities from all over the world
  • Major Event Organizing Committees (incl. Olympic Games)
  • Leading event delivery organizations


Why should I attend SportAccord Convention?

  • Meet face to face with the decision makers in international sport, discuss hosting opportunities for your city
  • Host over 50 meetings with targeted sport federations over the space of one week
  • Learn and share knowledge with other successful sport cities
  • Meet with organisations who can assist your city deliver outstanding events
  • Position your city at the heart of the sports movement


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If your city is serious about hosting international sport, you can’t miss SportAccord Convention. Cities from all over the world participate at SportAccord Convention every year in order to achieve their yearly hosting objectives.

Should you wish to discuss any aspect of SportAccord Convention further, please do not hesitate to contact Tim Kilpatrick (tim.kilpatrick@sportaccordconvention.com).

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