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Global Sports Week Paris Reveals International Program

By Yutang Sports Friday, 22 Jan 2021 18:50

Global Sports Week Paris has revealed more details of its first-of-a-kind international programme for 2021.

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The forum, which returns for a second edition from February 1st-5th, will incorporate hub events in the future Olympic host cities of Tokyo, Beijing, Dakar, Milan and Los Angeles, connected to a spectacular central base inside the Eiffel Tower.

The international dimension is part of a vision to put “reinvention in action” with a format mixing physical and digital experiences – a direction that anticipates the future ‘hybridisation’ of sports.

While access for delegates will be 100% online, speakers will gather in Paris, Tokyo, Beijing and Dakar. Virtual hub events will replace those previously planned in Milan and Los Angeles owing to local health contexts.


Global Sports Week Promotion Video

Each hub will host a 90-minute broadcast as part of more than 30 hours of content scheduled in the main GSWArena:


Embassy of France in China, Beijing (closed to public)

February 3rd 09.30am CET, 16.30 local time

Key speakers: Robert Xiao, Tony Liu

Key themes: sustainability, esports


Virtual hub

February 3rd 14.00 CET

Key speakers: Francesca Schiavone, Federica Brignone, Andrea Gaudenzi, Alessandro Benetton, Antonio Rossi

Key themes: sustainability, innovation, sport’s power shift


Virtual hub

February 3rd 19.00 CET, 10.00 local time

Key speakers: Janet Evans, Julie Uhrman

Key themes: innovation, gender equality


French Institute, Tokyo (closed to public)

February 4th: 09.30 CET, 17.30 local time

Key speakers: Miki Nakamachi, Hide Nakamura

Key themes: Tokyo 2020, tech, sport’s lifestyle shift


Museum of Black Civilisations, Dakar (closed to public)

February 4th: 15.00 CET, 14.00 local time

Key speakers: Amadou Gallo Fall, Ibrahima Wade

Key themes: sport’s power shift, sport and Generation Z

PARIS – GSWArena central hub

Eiffel Tower / virtual

February 3rd-5th

Key speakers: Andrew Parsons, Tony Parker, Tony Estanguet, Christophe Dubi, Gerard Piqué, Kathy Carter, Patrick Mouratoglou, Gabriela Ramos, Geoffroy Roux de Bézieux, Kilian Jornet, Abhinav Bindra, Manasi Joshi, Fiona Bull, Greg Nugent, Bebe Vio, Nicolas Hieronimus

Key themes: social justice, health, education, digital transformation, Generation Z, sport’s lifestyle shift, climate, athlete activism, athlete-entrepreneurs

For the second year running, Global Sports Week has been accorded the high patronage of Mr Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic, alongside the patronage of UNESCO.

The event is strongly backed by institutions throughout the French sports ecosystem as the country gears up to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games Paris 2024 and the Rugby World Cup 2023.

Key supporters include Founding Partner the French Ministry in charge of Sport and Institutional Partner Business France. The City of Paris also returns as an important Institutional Partner as the city looks to promote its commitment to host sustainable Games; and to encourage sport practice, human rights and sustainable development in partnership with international counterparts.

Pierre Rabadan, Deputy Mayor of Paris in charge of Sport, Olympic and Paralympic Games, said: “Global Sports Week is an important milestone on the road to the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The event offers an opportunity to strengthen our bonds and share our vision with the other future Olympic host cities. The Olympic and Paralympic Games provide a fantastic catalyst for public policy, especially in the areas of social and sustainable development.”

Latest confirmed speakers for Global Sports Week 2021


Gerard Piqué (Spain) – FC Barcelona legend, FIFA World Cup champion, Founder of Kosmos (owner or the Davis Cup)

Kilian Jornet (Spain) – legendary mountain athlete, who holds the record (26 hours) for climbing Everest without oxygen

Bebe Vio (Spain) – Paralympic champion in Fencing and star of 2020’s Netflix hit Rising Phoenix

Francesca Schiavone (Italy) – Italy’s first Grand Slam singles champion, campaigner and entrepreneur, who has returned to coaching following a diagnosis of Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2018

Tony Parker (France) – former NBA all-star, MVP of the 2007 NBA Finals and leading athlete-entrepreneur

Abhinav Bindra (India) – India’s first (and only) individual Olympic Champion

Manasi Joshi (India) – Para-Badminton World Champion preparing for her sport’s debut on the Paralympic programme; inspirational champion who featured on the cover of TIME in 2020

Federica Brignone (Italy) – Olympic medallist and reigning World Cup champion skier

François Gabart (France) – Vendée Globe-winning skipper at the age of just 29, record-holder for the solo round-the-world

Sports leaders

Andrea Gaudenzi (Italy) – newly elected President of the ATP

Kathy Carter (USA) - Chief Revenue Officer of LA28

Janet Evans (USA) – four-time Olympic Champion in swimming and Chief Athlete Officer of LA28

Mark Tatum (USA) – NBA Deputy Commissioner and COO

Amadou Gallo Fall (Senegal) – President of the NBA’s new Basketball Africa League

Andrew Parsons (Brazil) – President of the International Paralympic Committee

Christophe Dubi (Switzerland) – Olympic Games Executive Director

Tony Estanguet (France) – three-time Olympic Champion in canoeing, President of the Paris 2024 Organising Committee

Seb Coe (UK) – IAAF President, former Chairman of the London 2012 Organising Committee who set 12 world records and won four Olympic medals during his athletics career

Patrick Mouratoglou (France) – renowned coach of Serena Williams, whom he has so far guided to 10 Grand Slam titles

Julie Uhrman (USA) – Founder and President of Angel City FC, Los Angeles’ A-list backed new NWSL franchise with a mission to revolutionise women’s sports

Dale Vince (UK) – Chairman of Forest Green Rovers FC, recognised by FIFA and the UN as ‘the world’s greenest football club’

Tony Liu (China) – Head of Legacy, Beijing 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Games Organising Committee (BOCOG)

Ibrahima Wade (Senegal) – General Director of the Youth Olympic Games Dakar 2026, the first Olympic Games in Africa

Business leaders

Nicolas Hieronimus (France) – incoming CEO of the L’Oréal Group

Arthur Hoeld (Germany) – adidas Managing Director EMEA

Geoffroy Roux de Bézieux (France) – President of MEDEF, France’s leading business confederation, which represents 173,000 French firms

Alessandro Benetton (Italy) – Former Chairman of Benetton Group, husband of Olympic skiing legend Deborah Compagnoni, President of Cortina Foundation 2021

Entertainment leaders

Robert Xiao (China) – CEO of Chinese gaming giant Perfect World

Greg Nugent (UK) – Producer of Netflix hit Rising Phoenix, which tells the story of the Paralympic Games

Miki Nakamachi (Japan) – Karate champion and Japanese lifestyle influencer

Society leaders

Fiona Bull (Australia) – Head of the World Health Organisation’s Physical Activity Unit

Gabriela Ramos (Mexico) – UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Human and Social Sciences

Delphine O (France) – Ambassador and Secretary General of the Generation Equality

Lindita Xhaferi-Salihu – Sports for Climate Action Lead at UN Climate Change

Latest Global Sports Week 2021 global programme is available in attachment and online

About Global Sports Week

Global Sports Week is an annual international forum held under the high patronage of M. Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic, that brings together leaders and disruptors from sport, business, culture, media, government and society. Its agenda is focused on the future of sport at the intersection of business and society.

GSWParis offers innovative formats and directly connects global leaders of sport with athletes, grassroots actors, fans and emerging talents.

In 2021, GSWParis will return from February 1st - 5th 2021. It will boast a new, multi-country format, mixing physical and digital experiences, with events in six cities worldwide.

About Yutang Sports

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