SportAccord Convention enjoys record coverage thanks to major decisions
Saturday, 02 June 2012
June 2 - Last month's SportAccord Convention in Québec City enjoyed "unprecedented" coverage as a result of two major announcements made at the event, organsiers have claimed.
The selection by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) of Madrid, Tokyo and Istanbul as shortlisted cities for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympics was confirmed.
Doha and Baku were eliminated, with the news bringing major broadcasters, including Al Jazeera and Telemadrid, to Québec.
The Convention also saw the long-running revenue share dispute between the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and the IOC resolved.
Under the previous terms, USOC received 20 per cent share of global sponsorship revenue and a 12.75 per cent share of US broadcast rights.
The IOC had been seeking to reduce this.
Finally, an agreement was reached at the Convention.
In all, some 1,800 delegates attended this year's SportAccord, with 860 organisations represented worldwide.
The Convention brought together governing bodies from the world of sport and organising committees of events such as the Olympic and Paralympics, Commonwealth Games and World Games among others.
Next year's SportAccord Convention will take place in St Petersburg, Russia, from May 26 to 31.
May 2012: Cities for 2020 Olympics and Paralympics shortlisted