New dates in Ekaterinburg, Russia, have been confirmed for the SportAccord World Sport & Business Summit 2021. The influential global sports gathering will now take place 7-12 November 2021 at the IEC Ekaterinburg-Expo.
The decision to push back the dates for the Summit from May to November was taken by the SportAccord executive committee.
SportAccord is in close dialogue with its partners in the Russian Federation and it was decided that the move would provide greater safety and certainty to attendees in the context of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic as well as allowing for the greatest impact for the hosts.
“We are immensely grateful for the collaborative support of our friends in Ekaterinburg, the Sverdlovsk Region and the Russian Federation,” said Dr. Raffaele Chiulli, president of SportAccord and GAISF (Global Association of International Sports Federations).
“As always, the wellbeing of our delegates is our priority, and we believe that moving SportAccord to later in the year will give those wishing to attend the event more time to put in place the necessary plans.”
“We look forward to welcoming the world of sport to Ekaterinburg in November for what will be a game-changing gathering to signal a major step forward in the recovery of sport and society as we look to the future, beyond the pandemic.”
As a result, SportAccord’s annual International Federation (IF) Forum, which is traditionally held in the autumn in Lausanne, Switzerland, has been brought forward to 25 May 2021 and will be staged in a fully virtual format via Lausanne in the Canton of Vaud. In addition, a virtual launch celebration from around the world for SportAccord 2021 in Ekaterinburg will take place on 25 May 2021, following the IF Forum 2021.
SportAccord brings together international sports federations and organisations involved in the business of sport. The annual SportAccord World Sport & Business Summit is a six-day event attended by leaders of the global sports community. It engages international sports federations, athletes, industry, rights holders, organising committees, cities, government, agencies, media, technology, legal teams, medical professionals, inventors, and subject matter experts – represented at the highest levels.
Many international sports federations host their Annual General Assemblies during SportAccord.