Beijing ready for 2012 SportAccord World Mind GamesThe second edition of the event will take place from 12-19 December 2012 in Beijing.The Beijing Organising Committee will welcome 152 players and 148 officials and representatives from 37 countries, to participate in 5 different sports: Bridge, Chess, Draughts, Go and Xiangqi. During 8 days, world’s top players will demonstrate their intelligence, strategy and intuition; some of the great values of the mind sports.The TV coverage as well as digital media services will ensure that the increasing number of fans will be able to follow the event in real-time. The online tournament organised prior to the event attracted some 380.000 participants worldwide (37% more than in 2011). Winners have been invited to attend the World Mind Games in Beijing, meet and play against some of the world’s best players. More information about the online tournament. As part of the social programme, each of the five sports will have its ambassador; a positive role model who will reach out to fans around the world. Also, in order to showcase the sports and motivate students, the Ambassadors will visit 5 Schools and 1 university during their stay in Beijing.For all news and information about the World Mind Games, go to: http://www.worldmindgames.net/
International Peace and Sport Forum, SochiSportAccord attended the annual Peace and Sport Forum that took place for the first time outside of Monaco. SportAccord’s Director General described in a panel session his views on challenges for the future of peace and development through sport.
IOC World Conference on Sport for AllThe 15th edition of the IOC World Conference on Sport for All will take place in Lima, Peru, from 24-27 April 2013. The Conference, which will be hosted by the Miraflores Municipal Government and the Peruvian Institute of Sport, is being organised jointly by the IOC and the Peruvian Olympic Committee, in collaboration with SportAccord. Registration for the Conference is now open at www.sportforall2013.org.
The World Conference on Sport for All has, since its first edition in 1986, been dedicated to promoting broad dissemination of the Sport for All philosophy. It pursues the promotion of health, fitness and well-being, and aims at encouraging more people of all ages and abilities to participate in sports activities and experience the Olympic values. Click here to read the full report about the previous edition which took place in Beijing in September 2011.
SportAccord invited to take part in the European Union (EU) Expert Group on Good Governance As part of the EU 2011-2014 Action Plan for Sport, SportAccord has been invited to take part in the EU Expert Group on Good Governance as an observer. Furthermore, SportAccord will be increasingly involved in match-fixing awareness campaigns funded by the EU such as an 18 month project led by the French research institute IRIS to organise national workshops within 20 EU members states aimed at identifying, gathering and informing relevant stakeholders in each country on the threat of match-fixing. SportAccord’s Sports Integrity Unit will subsequently inform the relevant IFs when a national level workshop is to take place to ensure that the lessons learned can be shared at the international level. More information on the EU Expert group on Good Governance Access IRIS 2012 report on sports betting and corruption
SportAccord elected within the Bureau of the European Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS) Consultative Committee.SportAccord’s election to the EPAS Consultative Committee will ensure SportAccord, on behalf of its members, can continue to contribute to the work of the Council of Europe in the field of sport. EPAS was established in 2007 and provides a platform for intergovernmental sports co-operation between the public authorities of its member states and encourages dialogue between public authorities, sports federations and NGOs. EPAS is notably engaged in drafting an international convention against manipulation of sports results that is intended to be a binding instrument open to both European and non-European countries. SportAccord has supported this initiative since its inception which is seen as a crucial mechanism to fighting match-fixing in sports globally. More information on EPAS CoE Committee of Ministers recommendation on promotion of the integrity in sport Access SportAccord’s Global Programme to Stop Match-Fixing in Sport
Athlete Biological Passport AdvancesSportAccord has recently signed an agreement with LAD, the WADA-accredited anti-doping laboratory in Lausanne, for their Athlete Passport Management Unit (APMU) services. Any IFs outsourcing their Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) program to SportAccord, such as the two IFs that set up their ABP program through SportAccord in 2011 and 2012, will benefit from the high-quality expertise of this laboratory.
At Cost Services and Growing Testing Activities
Twelve Member IFs have now outsourced the organisation of their in- and/or out-of-competition doping control tests to the SportAccord DFSU. These Member IFs include four Olympic IFs, four IOC-recognised IFs and four AIMS IFs, suggesting that the testing services currently offered by the DFSU are equally appealing to each of the categories of our Member IFs. Among these IFs, five have engaged in testing activities with SportAccord over the past couple of months.
In addition to the growing testing activities, SportAccord DFSU is continuing to work with the IFs that have chosen, over the past two years, to entrust us with all or part of their administrative anti-doping activities. All of the existing agreements are being extended into the future, which includes testing and non-testing activities such as Registered Testing Pool, whereabouts management, Therapeutic Use Exemption administration and anti-doping education activities such as Outreach programmes at IFs Members events.
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