FORT LAUDERDALE, USA – Hundreds of leading sports officials and executives are arriving in Fort Lauderdale from across the globe to explore development opportunities in the Americas with the inaugural edition of Regional SportAccord Pan America 2019 set to get underway.
A welcome reception tomorrow (Tuesday) evening from 7pm to 9pm will kick off proceedings before a packed conference programme runs across Wednesday and Thursday under the theme of ‘A United Approach to the International Sport Landscape in the Americas’ at the Greater Fort Lauderdale / Broward County Convention Center.
A bustling exhibition and additional social events will provide further opportunities for dozens of sports commissions, regions and cities from across the Americas to forge closer relationships and explore opportunities with the international sports movement.
The conference programme will feature influential speakers such as Raffaele Chiulli, President, SportAccord and GAISF; Andrew Ryan, Executive Director, ASOIF (Association of Summer Olympic International Federations); Stephan Fox, President, AIMS (Alliance of Independent Recognised Members of Sport), Vice President, GAISF; Ivar Sisniega, Secretary General, Panam Sports; and Nadia Comăneci, Five-time Olympic Gymnastic Gold Medallist.
Speakers from the USA, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Chile, Mexico, El Salvador, Ecuador and Peru will also be featured on the programme, which will delve into topics including esports, good governance, social responsibility, knowledge transfer, safeguarding athletes, rebranding and the role of data in transforming host cities.
One of the speakers, Willie Banks, Council Member, World Athletics, two-time Olympian and former President of the US Olympians Association, said: “I am very happy that Regional SportAccord is taking place, because it is important that we communicate with each other about the strength of our region and find ways to improve the overall coordination of sport in the Americas.”
Prestigious Partners have also lined up to support the event, which is being hosted in Greater Fort Lauderdale / Broward County in partnership with International Sports & Health Associates and MGO Events.
Florida Sports Foundation, Greater Fort Lauderdale and Panam Sports have signed up as Gold Partners. The Silver Partners are Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance and Sarasota – Bradenton, while the Bronze Partners are CVB Leon, FITEQ (Fédération Internationale de Teqball) and Guadalajara.
The Top Media Partner is CNN, while the Official Media Partners are AFP, Connect Sports, Host City, iSportconnect, SportBusiness Group, Sportcal, SportsPro and Yutang Sports.
Nis Hatt, Managing Director, SportAccord, said: “We are immensely grateful for the strong support of all our Partners for this highly anticipated gathering.
“We have attracted a large number of representatives from the International Sports Federation community, as well as Ministries of Sport, National Olympic Committees, cities and regions across Pan America, underlining the strong commitment in supporting this inaugural edition.”