Envic Galea advisor for SportAccord Academy attends SportAccord Convention World Sport and Business Summit in Sochi

Friday, May 1, 2015, 15:00

Sochi, Russia: With the promise of bringing the sports world closer, the 2015 edition of the SportAccord Convention World Sport and Business Summit opened in Sochi, Russia on Sunday 19th April. The 5-day long event saw leaders from the world of sports, sports industry and sports associations converge on the Black Sea resort city from all corners of the globe.

With almost 3100 registered participants, the latest edition of the SportAccord Convention has broadened its scope to include in its participants from sports business and sports media. There were over 95 countries and 52 delegations at this year’s Convention, representing an increase of over 50 percent in exhibitors at the annual event.

As the International Federations’ Union, SportAccord has been committed to providing multiple services to all its member federations, thus, providing them with added value, increased services and more options at their disposal. One of these services is the SportAccord Academy.

Launched in March 2015, the SportAccord Academy is aimed at providing sport-specific professional education to enthusiasts and professionals alike, around the world. The Academy was launched with the ‘Certified Sports Pro’ massive online open course (MOOC) which managed to attract healthy registration from over 150 countries across 5 continents. Helmed by renowned sports academic, Dave Arthur, the course runs till the end of May after a series of interactive lectures and online sessions. Malta was one of these 150 countries who participated and 52 students are currently following this MOOC in Sport Management which is offered free. Those still interested in joining can register here. https://edu.sportaccord.com/

Envic Galea, General Secretary of the European Judo Union, President of the Malta Judo Federation and Director of the International Judo Federation Academy helped set up the SportAccord Academy together with Professor Tibor Kozsla, Director of the SportAccord Academy. Envic Galea attended the SportAccord Convention helping in the manning of the Academy booth. Many sport leaders came to the booth to ask questions about how the Academy could be of use to their organisation, amongst them was Gabriela Szabo, Minister for Youth and Sport for Rumania. Gabriella Szabo won a Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal in the 1996 and 2000 Olympics in Athletics and showed a great interest in the Academy and its potential at the education of sport professionals in her country.


SportAccord President Marius Vizer fiercely criticised the International Olympic Committee for a lack of transparency on Monday during his opening speech, sending shock waves through the Olympic movement. Vizer called for International Federations to be given a greater say in the future of the IOC and for a fairer distribution of money. The full interview can be followed here. http://www.euronews.com/2015/04/21/sportaccord-president-marius-vizer-we-need-fair-leaders/

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