ISF was present at the International Federation (IF) Forum 2020 which was organised virtually on 5 November 2020.
ISF President Mr Laurent Petrynka and ISF Sport Director Mr Josip Kosutic participated in the forum. The aim of the participation was to strengthen the partnerships with International Federations.
The IF Forum was opened by Thomas Bach, president of International Olympic Committee, Dr. Raffaele Chiulli, President of Sport Accord and GAISF, Oscar Tosato, Municipal Councillor Sport and Social Cohesion, City of Lausanne, and Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organisation. They were followed by Prof. Fabio Pigozzi, President, FIMS (International Federation of Sports Medicine) and Evgeny Kuivashev, Governor, Sverdlovsk Region, Russian Federation (the hosts of SportAccord 2021).
“In these difficult times, we need our shared Olympic values: excellence, friendship, respect and solidarity – more than ever”, stated Thomas Bach.
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus added that sport offers many physical and mental health benefits; “It’s up to each one of us to enforce the essential role of sport as an enabler of health.”
IF Forum is an annual event organised by SportAccord for International Sport Federations and their Stakeholders, and is supported by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The forum brings together over 300 leaders from 125 International Sports Federations, with delegates, speakers and exclusive Official IF Forum Partners addressing the challenges and topics related to global sport.
The 14th edition of the IF Forum explored How Sport and Society Can Emerge Stronger from a Global Covid-19 Crisis.
The guest speakers discussed strategies to initiate the recovery of sport sector following the Covid-19 pandemic. They also debated the game plans that sports leaders can use to mitigate challenges that may arise from possible unforeseen disruptions in the future.
The targeted thematic sessions covered topics of crisis management, scenario planning, how to limit risk from a legal and financial perspective, law-related commercial considerations for IFs and how to stay connected and reassure athletes, and fans and stakeholders in times of adversity.
More info can be found on the official website: www.sportaccord.sport/if-forum.
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