Lausanne steps in as SportAccord host

Raffaele Chiulli addresses during the ARISF General Assembly on day two of SportAccord (Photo by Thananuwat Srirasant/Getty Images)

This year’s SportAccord World Sport & Business Summit will take place in the Swiss city of Lausanne after the event was removed from Beijing last week amid fears over the coronavirus outbreak in China.

The event will take place from April 19-24 as originally planned and it will mark the third time that Lausanne has played host, having done so in 2004 and 2016.

SportAccord president Raffaele Chiulli said last week that the organisation had been monitoring the situation in China for a number of weeks but was forced into the “difficult decision” of rescheduling the event following consultation with the local organising committee.

The summit is an annual gathering of more than 100 international sports federations. Last year’s event was held in Gold Coast, Australia, while the conference will travel to Ekaterinburg in Russia in 2021.

SportAccord is based in Lausanne and the city also serves as the base for a host of other sports federations, including the International Olympic Committee.

Chiulli said: “Lausanne provides a favourable location for sport and business leaders to meet, given its strong commitment to sport and industry.

“When SportAccord was last in the Olympic Capital and Home of International Sport in 2016, visitors and delegates were welcomed with open arms and we are already feeling this again. We truly look forward to delivering another successful SportAccord in this dynamic city and within this short period of time.”

Lausanne hosted the winter Youth Olympic Games last month. The city will also co-host the International Ice Hockey Federation’s (IIHF) World Championship alongside Zurich from May 8-24.

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