Play the Game 2019 Program Unveiled -- Conferences & Conventions

Also: IOC members to speak at Host City 2019; Regional SportAccord Pan America update 

(ATR) More than 150 speakers have signed up for next month’s Play the Game 2019 conference.

Russian Anti-Doping Agency Director General Yuriy Ganus and two IOC members are among the latest additions to the list.

Ganus will join Travis Tygart, the head of the United States Anti-Doping Agency, in a panel debate that will also include new iNADO Chairman Michael Ask, WADA Athlete Chair Beckie Scott, and investigative reporter Hajo Seppelt, who has spent the past 13 years exposing doping scandals.

Two IOC members representing athletes, Emma Terho from Finland and James Tomkins from Australia, have confirmed their participation in an opening panel featuring various types of athlete representatives.

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The 11th edition of the international Play the Game conference will be the first held outside Europe.

Colorado Springs will be the host city for Play the Game 2019 from October 13-16.

Among the social activities on offer is an exclusive tour to the United States Olympic & Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, home to nine Olympic and Paralympic sports.

IOC Members to Speak at Host City 2019

Two IOC members are among the latest speakers to be confirmed for Host City 2019.

Marisol Casado, who is also the International Triathlon Union (ITU) president, and Craig Reedie, whose tenure as World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) president ends on December 31, will be in Glasgow, Scotland on Nov. 26-27.

They join a roster of speakers that also includesLouise Martin, President of the Commonwealth Games Federation, ASOIF President Francesco Ricci Bitti, Glasgow Life’s Chief Executive Bridget McConnell and David Lappartient, President of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI).

Entering its sixth year, Host City has become the largest meeting of cities and sports, business and cultural events.

Agenda topics for this edition include sustainability, disruption, gender equality, creating impact, procurement, readiness, fan engagement, titanic disasters and herculean achievements.

Host City is delivered with support from EventScotland, its primary Supporting Partner.

Regional SportAccord Kicks Off Busy December in Florida

Esports, governance and rebranding strategies, protecting athletes and social responsibility will be among the key topics at the first Regional SportAccord in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in December.

The theme of the Regional SportAccord Pan America 2019 conference program , which runs from Dec. 10-12, is "A United Approach to the International Sport Landscape in the Americas".

ASOIF President Francesco Ricci Bitti will deliver the opening keynote address. International Judo Federation President Marius Vizer and International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation President Ivo Ferriani will be presenting viewpoints from an international sports federation perspective.

It will be the first networking and conference event to bring the Pan American, and the Olympic and non-Olympic communities together in one location.

After it closes, the fourth edition of the Americas Best Practices Symposium organized by Panam Sports and the United States Olympic Committee will welcome sport leaders from 41 countries throughout the continent.

The Regional SportAccord Pan America exhibition floor will remain open for an extra two days to accommodate attendees of the symposium which takes place from Dec. 13-14 in the same location, the Broward Convention Center.

On December 13, Panam Sports will present the inaugural Panam Sports Gala at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa. The best athletes and the most inspiring performances from the Lima 2019 Pan American Games will be honored.

SportsPro OTT Awards Deadline Nears

The deadline to submit entries for the world’s first ever awards ceremony for sport focused OTT is Sept. 18.

The inaugural SportsPro OTT Awards will be handed out on Nov. 21 in Madrid at the end of the three-day SportsPro OTT Summit.

Organizers say more than 300 senior decision makers will celebrate the nominees and winners live on stage, with each gaining a powerful new authority that boosts credibility and attracts clients.

Judges include executives from DAZN, Sky, UEFA, and the PGA Tour.

Click here to submit an entry.

The third edition of the summit, which organizers call the world’s leading digital sports broadcasting event, includes discussions onthe monetization of content, latency and delivery issues, combating piracy, the art of going direct-to-consumer, and how the emergence of technology is revolutionizing sports broadcasting.

More than 75 speakers are confirmed, among them representatives from Formula 1, FuboTV, beIN Media Group, Twitter, and golf’s European Tour.

More than 800 senior OTT and digital leaders will be attending from organizations including the NFL, ESPN, Amazon, Sky, Discovery, Google, the NBA, and Spain’s La Liga.

Written by Gerard Farek

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