Tackling autonomy issues

The Convention will take place at Atlantis Hotel. (AP)

International sporting leaders will address the important subject of the relationship between sport and government during the eighth SportAccord International Convention from April 25 to 30 in Dubai.

The SportAccord Convention features the topic of 'Autonomy of Sport' on its conference agenda at a time when regulation and the role of non-sport authorities in the governance of sport is the focus of increasing debate and consultation around the world.

Confirmed speakers for this session are: Joseph S Blatter, President, International Football Federation (Fifa); Christophe de Kepper, Chief-of-Staff, International Olympic Committee (IOC), and Nawal El Moutawakel, former sports minister of Morocco, IOC member and Chairwoman, Rio 2016 Coordination Commission.

The Convention will take place at Atlantis Hotel. It is to be held in the Middle East for the first time and is additionally being sponsored by Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Award, Dubai Media Incorporated, Roads and Transport Authority and Dubai Sports City.

"The subject of regulation and the autonomy of sport is a crucial one for our stakeholders and all actors in the world of sport, including commercial operators," said Anna Hellman, Executive Director of SportAccord Convention. "We are delighted to provide a platform for global sporting leaders to shed light on this area of growing importance."

The groundbreaking SportAccord Convention session will be moderated by Michael Lenard, Senior Managing Director, Paladin Realty Partners, Member of the International Council of Arbitration for Sport.

"The autonomy of sport is essential in order to preserve the integrity of all competitions and the values of solidarity and democracy within the sporting world," commented Blatter earlier.

"We must avoid the interference of external influences which often have interests other than the purely sporting ones. But we must also note that this autonomy brings with it the obligation for good governance by the sporting authorities."


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