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SportAccord Convention 2008 Will Have New Features

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SportAccord, the annual convention of the sport movement, is expanding it’s offer of features aimed to serve cities that host or want to host sports events around the world.

The sixth edition of SportAccord, which takes place in Athens Greece from June 2-6, will feature a new SportAccord “City Forum” designed to enable cities to share ideas and “best-practice” principles.

Also the new SportAccord Yearbook being launched this year, will focus on sport cities which organizers say will provide a valuable reference tool on the sporting and event infrastructure of cities worldwide.

While hundreds of delegates have already registered at www.sportaccord.com for this year’s event which takes place at the Athens Hilton, the special early-bird delegate rate is still available for those booking their places before the end of this week.

Organizers say they are initially restricting passes to three individuals per organization (not applicable to sponsors and exhibitors) in order embrace as many organizations as possible after having to turn delegates away from the event in Beijing. This time the Greek hosts are working with organizers to deliver “an increasingly memorable program of social and cultural events” in Athens.

The Athens’ tourism and economic development agency says of the preparations for the event, “a brand new Athens celebrates the privilege of hosting the distinguished SportAccord Event in 2008. As a city steeped in sporting tradition, we look forward to offering a unique and very special experience to all delegates attending the sixth edition of the event”.

Organizers say over 1400 delegates from more than 500 organizations worldwide will take part in SportAccord Week. There will be a “dynamic exhibition, world Class keynote addresses, numerous networking receptions and the annual general meetings of the Sports Governing Bodies”.

The international media will also be there in June to report on the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) announcement of cities making the candidate status in the race to host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

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