Lausanne, Switzerland, has won its bid to host the six-day SportAccord Convention 2016.
The 2,000-delegate event, which took place in Sochi, Russia in 2015, will be held 17-22 April 2016 at the Swiss Tech Convention Centre in Lausanne.
Held in a different city every year, the annual SportAccord Convention is an opportunity for key decision-makers from sport and industry to meet, network, and strategically shape global, regional and national agendas.
The convention is host to annual general meetings of governing bodies and will also welcome a delegation from the International Olympic Committee.
Thomas Bach, president, International Olympic Committee (IOC), said: “What better place could the SportAccord Convention have chosen to hold its annual event than Lausanne, a city which is made for sport. For a century now, Lausanne has been the IOC’s home. More than 50 international sports federations and sports organisations have also found in Lausanne the ideal setting to develop and strengthen the place of sport in society.”
Steeve Pasche, CEO at Lausanne Tourism and Convention Bureau, added: “Lausanne had an exceptional year winning two major bids for sporting events: SportAccord Convention and the 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games. The SportAccord Convention will attract the world of sport and will be a great showcase for our city.”
SportAccord, a not-for-profit organisation, is focused on driving positive change internationally in the development of sport and engaging and connecting rights holders, organising committees, cities, press and businesses.