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By SportAccord Thursday, 13 Sep 2018 21:51

LAUSANNE, Switzerland – The 12th International Federation (IF) Forum organised by SportAccord today confirmed partnerships with Eurosport, JLT and Sports Nevada USA. The IF Forum is set to take place from 5-7 November 2018 when more than 100 international sports federations, associates and observer members from GAISF will gather at the Hotel Royal Savoy in Lausanne, Switzerland. 

The IF Forum provides a platform for GAISF members (both Olympic and non-Olympic) to tackle global matters related to the Sports Movement. The annual 3-day gathering is also limited to a small number of industry partners and gives them exclusive access to an authoritative networking environment and recognition as a supporter of the Sports Movement.

Eurosport is one of the top sport destination broadcasters and this includes the Olympics in Europe. Eurosport channels reach more than 242 million cumulative subscribers across 75 countries worldwide. Its online sports news website Eurosport.com sees around 42 million users per month and along with the Eurosport app, enables fans to watch Eurosport anytime, live or on demand, via its digital streaming service the Eurosport Player.

This year sees JLT as an IF Forum industry partner for the 8th year running. They specialise in risk and insurance services to the sports industry and have worked with the international federations (IFs) since 1980. JLT offers a number of bespoke products specifically designed for IFs such as broad coverage, risk and insurance advice including arrangements, as well as liability claims for significant events.

Sports Nevada USA promotes the State of Nevada (USA) as an elite sports competition and event destination, and nurtures the Olympic Movement statewide. Sports Nevada USA hosts, facilitates, and supports such activities to further its mission, partnering with tourism agencies in Reno-Tahoe and Las Vegas including the Boyd Gaming resorts.

Commenting on the IF Forum partnerships, Nis Hatt, Managing Director of SportAccord said:

“We are delighted to have JLT and Sports Nevada USA with us again. Their commitment demonstrates the value a partnership brings by being involved in a high-profile event. We are also pleased to welcome Eurosport into the fold for the 2018 edition.

“This year’s IF Forum should be an extremely interesting three days of discussion, debate, and insights into what the future holds for international sports federations and the wider global sport community.”

Limited partnerships are available and partners have access to the official schedule which includes: entry to all conference and panel sessions, workshops; VIP functions and social events; and the opportunity to deliver a presentation as part of the conference programme. 

To discuss partnership opportunities and take advantage of exclusive access to the IF Forum, contact Malcolm Hardman of SportAccord +41 (0)79 945 89 34 or email malcolm.hardman@sportaccord.com 

This year’s IF Forum conference programme is entitled: Open Doors and Open Minds – New Tools for IFs. Key decision-makers from the international sports federations will hear from industry experts representing blockchain and cryptocurrency; robotics; 5G and livestreaming; event/ticket pricing models, and much more. 

IF Forum speakers include: Will Reynolds, Futurologist from ASOIF who will provide insights into ‘The Ever-Changing Global Landscape and its Impact on Sport’; blockchain technology/cryptocurrency panellists Lars Schlichting, Attorney at Law, LL.M, Crypto Lawyer from Kellerhals Carrard, Alberto Perucchini, Next Generation Research Analyst, Julius Baer, Steve Aeschlimann, CEO, International Motorcycle Federation (FIM); Emma Mason, Head of Strategy and External Affairs, WFSGI as part of the 5G/Livestreaming panel; and panelist Juerg Capol, Marketing Director, International Ski Federation (FIS) for Event/Ticket Pricing Models.

The final day of the IF Forum will include an eSports Workshop hosted by GAISF and the International Olympic Committee, and a GDPR update presented by GAISF. For further details on the IF Forum visit: https://www.sportaccord.sport/if-forum.

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The International Federation (IF) Forum

The IF Forum takes place annually and targets the specific needs of Olympic and non-Olympic International Sport Federations with focus on sharing best practices and knowledge. The event is open to international sports federation members from GAISF (Global Association of International Sports Federations), ASOIF, AIOWF, ARISF and AIMS, by invitation only.

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For Eurosport press enquiries contact James Hillier, Senior Communications Director, james_hillier@discovery.com, +33 1 40 93 79 01 (mobile).


For JLT press enquiries contact Corinne_gladstone@jltgroup.com, +44 (0)7799 340658 (mobile). 

Sports Nevada USA

For Sports Nevada USA press enquiries contact Jon.killoran@renotahoewintergames.org, +1 775 342 3444 (mobile).


SportAccord brings together international sports federations and organisations involved in the business of sport. The annual World Sport & Business Summit is a six-day event attended by leaders of the global sports community. It engages international sports federations, athletes, industry, rights holders, organising committees, cities, government, agencies, media, technology, legal teams, medical professionals, inventors, and subject matter experts – represented at the highest levels.

SportAccord is the only global sports business event attended by all the international sports federations and their stakeholders, who host their Annual General Assemblies during SportAccord.

These stakeholders include: GAISF (Global Association of International Sports Federations), ASOIF (Association of Summer Olympic International Federations), and AIOWF (Association of International Olympic Winter Sports Federations), ARISF (Association of IOC Recognised International Sports Federations), AIMS (Alliance of Independent Recognised Members of Sport) and Associate Members.

SportAccord receives the full support of the International Olympic Committee.

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