The category shortlists were announced on March 31 for the international sports federations and associations that are vying to become winners in the inaugural SportBusiness Ultimate Sports Federation Awards.
Unveiled exclusively in a SportBusiness Intelligence Webinar this morning in association with SportAccord Convention World Sport & Business Summit, which featured a panel discussion with several of the external award judges, the category shortlists have been named for six of the nine categories. The contenders for the remaining three categories as well as the final 10 contenders for the SportBusiness Ultimate Sports Federation accolade itself will be unveiled exclusively in a second Webinar on Monday, April 13 featuring more of the external awards judges.
Following a period of detailed analysis and consultation with external expert judges, the category winners will be unveiled and the overall winner announced at SportAccord Convention World Sport & Business Summit in Sochi at a breakfast briefing on Thursday, April 23 at 9am local time.
Speaking about the awards, head judge Rachael Church, Major Events Consultant at SportBusiness Intelligence, said: “We have been overwhelmed with the excellent response to these inaugural SportBusiness Ultimate Sports Federations awards which we are confident will be on a par with the long-established SportBusiness Ultimate Sports Cities Awards and Rankings in terms of creating an industry best practice benchmark and invaluable learnings. We would like to thank all the international federations and associations who have submitted the information required to engage fully in this process which in many cases was above and beyond what was expected.”
IFMA has been nominated for the “Events Calendar and Strategy” award and will be in contention with FIBA (Basketball), IJF (Judo), ITTF (Table Tennis) and WBSC (Baseball & Softball). A big thank you goes out to all our member federations for working together in all the IFMA events and for all doing your part in making IFMA events successful!