February 3 - Friedrich Stickler, President of the European Lotteries, Neşe Gündoğan, secretary general of the Turkish National Olympic Committee, and Nenad Lalovic, head of the International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles (FILA), have been announced as speakers at the 2014 SportAccord International Convention in Belek/Antalya, Turkey.
Stickler, former President of the Austrian Football Association and of the Organising Committee for the FIFA Club World Cup, will participate in a plenary session entitled "The Integrity Issue", which looks to address cheating and other sport-related criminality, including doping and match fixing.
He will join other leaders in debating the challenges sports and their sponsors face in protecting ethical standards in the face of threats that sometimes appear harder than ever to control.
Gündoğan, who became the first female secretary general of the Turkish National Olympic Committee when she was elected in 2003, will join England under-20 rugby coach Amanda Bennett, and Marzena Bogdanawicz, founder of BFocused, on the panel looking at the issue of "A Woman's World - The Journey Towards Sporting Equality".
Lalovic, who played a crucial role in adapting wrestling during its successful bidding campaign to be re-instated to the Olympic programme, will join Sarah Lewis, secretary general of the International Ski Federation (FIS), as the two new members to the provocative session on "Rule-Breakers and Game-Changers".
The pair join previously announced panel members Desmond Burke Kennedy, chairman of marketing and media at the International Waterski and Wakeboard Federation (IWWF), Adrian Christy, chief executive of Badminton England, and Brett Hasell, marketing coordinator of the International Hockey Federation (FIH) in the session.
In his first SportAccord International Convention as general director of SportAccord, Vlad Marinescu will be among the featured speakers in a session on "The New Face of Leadership".
A changing of the guard has been taking place around the world of sport and the panel will bring together influential new leaders to talk about their goals and the common challenges and opportunities shared by their organisations.
The 2014 SportAccord International Convention, the 12th edition of the annual world sports summit, is due to be held in Belek/Antalya from April 6 to 11.
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