International Federation (IF) forum celebrates a decade with focus on “The power of sport to drive world health”

LAUSANNE, Switzerland – SportAccord Convention is delighted to be hosting the 10th edition of the International Federation (IF) Forum in Lausanne, Switzerland, a high profile gathering for Stakeholders and over one hundred Members of their respective International Sport Federations.

The Forum will take place tomorrow from 9-11 November and this year’s programme will focus on The Power of Sport to Drive World Health. Sessions will cover the principles of safe sport and athlete health, as well as give delegates the opportunity to discuss practices and priorities for International Federations. The Forum will also focus on some of the ways in which the sports community can increase the impact of sport for the benefit of citizens worldwide.

Commenting on this important milestone, Francesco Ricci Bitti, President of ASOIF and SportAccord Convention said, “We are proud to celebrate a decade of learning and progress and would like to thank our Stakeholders and Members for making the IF Forums such a success over the last ten years.” Ricci Bitti went on to say, “This milestone is testament to the International Federations’ commitment to continued innovation for our athletes, as well as the significant role sport can play in cultures and communities around the world.”

Drawing on the knowledge and best-practice of some of the most respected leaders involved in the world of sport, delegates will hear speakers from the International Olympic Committee, International Federations, athletes, governing bodies, as well as specialists from the science, medical and legal communities. The programme will include panel sessions, presentations, case studies and workshops.

Patrick Baumann, President of SportAccord remarked, “This is a defining time for sport and SportAccord continues to be a strong platform for all its Members. The IF Forum gives us the opportunity to reflect on how our policies, partnerships and resources can best be put into use to support athletes at every level, and make a difference to world health. The power of sport can never be underestimated.”

SportAccord Convention would like to thank the International Olympic Committee for their significant contribution to this year’s event, working closely with the Stakeholders and International Federations to shape this year’s IF Forum programme. The team would also like to extend a big thank you to the speakers and industry partners for their involvement in the 10th anniversary edition. This year’s partners include Dow Jones Sports Intelligence, JLT Sport, Nielsen Sports, and Tourisme Montréal – whose support plays an essential role in making the IF Forum possible.

On behalf of everyone at SportAccord Convention, a special thank you is also extended to the City of Lausanne and the Canton of Vaud, for their steadfast commitment and support to the IF Forum over the last decade.

As in previous years, the IF Forum is by invitation-only for International Federations, speakers and official IF Forum Partners. The IF Forum conference programme can be found here:


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