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Located only 45km from the worldwide-connected Brussels airport, the city of Antwerp is located on the River Scheldt, linked to the North Sea by the Westerschelde estuary. Its port is one of the biggest in the world, ranking third in Europe and within the top 20 globally. Antwerp held the 1920 Summer Olympics, which were the first games after the First World War, and which were also the only ones to be held in Belgium. Later, in 2013, Antwerp was the first Belgian city to be named the European Capital of Sport.
Athens, as the birthplace of the Olympic Games, has an ancient tradition in sports. The city has already shown it can hold major sporting events by hosting the 2004 Olympic Games, the Final Four, the Champions League, the International Children’s Games and the XIII Special Olympics World Summer Games, providing a unique platform to showcase the courage, dedication and talents of all world-class athletes.
Barcelona is an international sports capital. And that’s because its Olympic legacy has merged with its unique and exceptional sports context. The 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games highlighted the city’s organisational capacity. And ever since then, Barcelona has succeeded in incorporating this capacity into its DNA. What’s more, it is a city that has become a tourist centre thanks to its culture and open and hospitable nature.
The mission of Beijing Olympic City Development Association is to develop the Olympic spirit, expand the Olympic achievements, promote the sustainable development of Olympic and Paralympic causes in the city, contribute to the construction of Humanistic Beijing, High-tech Beijing and Green Beijing and accelerate the development of Beijing as a modern developed city and an international sports culture center.
Chamonix is associated with Mont-Blanc, intrinsically, viscerally, so much so that the City took the name of Chamonix-Mont-Blanc on November 21, 1921. In 1924, Chamonix was commissioned by the IOC to organize the International Winter Sport Week which, following the success met, was re-qualified in the Winter Olympic Games, thus opening a new era, both for Olympism and winter sports.
Gangneung is the largest city among coastal cities located in Gangwon province and also the third largest city among all cities in the province. It nestles on the east side of South Korea’s longest mountain range, Taebaek. Gangneung was one of the host cities of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games, where all on-the-ice games and matches were hosted.
Innsbruck-tirol sports gmbh (ITS) is a sustainable company, formed from the legacy of the 1st Winter Youth Olympic Games 2012 in Innsbruck, Tyrol. The idea behind the company is the conservation and the further development of knowledge which was accumulated during the organisation and realization of the Youth Olympic Games. ITS actively promotes the Olympic values and the well-being of every individual.
Lake Placid is a quaint, alpine village located in the midst of the 6 million-acre Adirondack Park wilderness. It is a real, healthy, vibrant place that offers all kinds and levels of adventure, recreation, arts and amenities. Whether it’s a hockey tournament or a marathon day of shopping, this community is a place for fun and sporting achievement where athletes of all ages and levels of skill continue to come to play, train and excel.
Lausanne is host to the International Olympic Committee (IOC), to more than 50 international sports federations and sports-oriented organizations. At the local level, 330 sports associations and clubs offer a variety of activities: Water sports on the lake shore, walking, all-terrain biking, Nordic skiing, golf and a large range of field and indoor sports. The city also offers the infrastructures for sports-studies and sport manager training. With several sport-oriented companies, sport has become an economic activity of the city.
London & Partners is the international trade, investment and promotion agency for London. It is our role to promote London internationally as a leading world city in which to visit, study, invest, grow and meet. The Major Events team is here to put a spotlight on London, working with the industry leaders in entertainment, culture and sport to realise world-class events in our capital.
Unique in the Olympic World is a civic organization, grounded in one of the world’s great cities, which has offered support for the Olympic Movement in good and in troubled times, since 1939. This is the continuing legacy of the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games (“SCCOG”).
The Los Angeles Sports Council is one of the nation's leading civic sports support organizations. Funded entirely from the private sector, it attracts major sports events to the greater Los Angeles area and supports the area's outstanding collegiate and professional sports teams.
L.T.O. is the official Destination Management Organization of the city of Loutraki. L.T.O. is attracting and creating value to companies, residents and tourists. It is actually a liaison among Loutraki tourist factors - companies, associations, organizations, municipalities, Corinth Chamber, Region Peloponnese - both private and public - exclusively aiming to promote the destination of Loutraki and its outskirts.
The Olympic area located in the north of Munich is managed by the Olympiapark München GmbH, a 100% investment company of the City of Munich. The company’s tasks include the maintenance of the venues facilities, buildings and outside areas of the park and to run the facilities by filling it with life. The company’s motto is: Think and act in a creative, innovative, economic as well as customer- and future- oriented way.
Surrounded by mountains and abundant nature and grown around the 1,400 years-old Zenkoji Buddhist Temple – a National Treasure – Nagano has developed as a city which draws many pilgrims and visitors. With a long history, a rich culture and beautiful landscapes around, Nagano gained international recognition hosting the 18th Winter Olympic Games in 1998.
Lying on the south bank of the Yangtze River, Nanjing, the capital of Jiangsu Province, is known, with its history of more than 2000 years, as the place where emperors built their capital in ancient Chinese history. This heritage combined with a contemporary development in the 20th century both promoted Nanjing to a huge historical, economic and political center. Thanks to hosting the 2014 Youth Olympics Games, the city can count on numerous sport infrastructures, like its famous Nanjing Sports Park situated on the river front.
Entrenched in the sunshine and surrounded by the beaches of Southern California. Orange County Sports Commission (OCSC) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to attract, retain and support sports and entertainment events that will position OC as a premier sports destination. Whether your sport takes place on the hardwood, on the ice, on the sand or in the water, the OCSC will take your event to new heights. With a portfolio of world-renowned venues and entertainment options, an array of resort and hotel options and easy airport access, OCSC is the premier partner to make your event unforgettable.
In 2024, Paris will organize the Olympic and Paralympic Games for the third time in its history. This represents a unique opportunity for Paris to drive change by combating climate change, rethinking our lifestyles, stepping up the fight against all forms of discrimination, getting more people involved in sport and increasing citizen engagement. As a catalyst of local public policies, the Games will leave a strong legacy for Paris and the Parisians.
Pyeongchang is located in Gangwon province of South Korea, in the Taebaek Mountains region, a few hours only from Seoul. The city became a hub of activity for winter sports lovers, but not only, offering year round activities. The area is very popular with mountain hikers. Known as the “Alps of Korea”, Pyeongchang is at the center of Korea’s ski industry and a compelling factor in the popularization of sport nationwide. Hosting the 2018 Winter Games allowed Pyeongchang to exchange inspirations and share the Koreans’ warm unique hospitality.
Qingdao is a model city of China, an outstanding tourist destination, a national health city, a forest city, and a garden city of China, an exemplary city of China in environmental protection, one of China’s top 10 livable cities. It hosted the 2014 International Horticultural Exposition and the 2015 World Leisure Games, and the first UNESCO City of Film of China. Qingdao is the proud host city of the Sailing Competition of the 29th Summer Olympic Games and the 13th Summer Paralympic Games, a Sailing City of China, and the Best Sailing City of Asia.
Qinhuangdao is located at the junction of northeastern and northern China, in the Hebei Province, and is an important influx of inland China into the sea. The city is well equipped with sports and cultural facilities with the Qinhuangdao Olympic Sports Centre Stadium in particular. There are well developed service facilities, good urban infrastructure and convenient traffic that greatly promote the further development of the city.
Created on October 17, 2013, Québec City Business Destination is the result of a partnership between the Québec City Convention Centre and Québec City Tourism. The two organizations brought together their sales forces in order to attract conferences, conventions, meetings and other events to Québec City.
Rotterdam is internationally known for its appealing sports events and its innovative approach on using sports as an instrument in achieving various goals, both economic and social. As early as 1994, Rotterdam started using its impressive skyline and river as a stage, hosting events in an urban setting and bringing them closer to their audience. In recent years, Rotterdam has added side events to this concept in order to stimulate citizens to participate at their own level. Rotterdam makes it happen
SGSC is a non-profit organization established with the following aims: to promote support activities to attract and host international sporting events by leveraging the abundant sports resources of Hokkaido; to widely disseminate the charms of Hokkaido; to support a variety of exchange programs among citizens and organizations; and to contribute to regional revitalization and the expansion of the non-resident population.
Sarajevo is the capital and largest city of Bosnia and Herzegovina, with 310,605 people in the four municipalities that make up the city, and a metro-area population of 436,572 people in the Sarajevo Canton as of June 2010. The city hosted the 1984 Winter Olympics. City of Sarajevo is the administrative, economic, cultural, academic & sport center. It is the unit of local self-governance that consists of four municipalities: Stari Grad, Centar, Novo Sarajevo & Novi Grad.
Located at the heart of the Korean Peninsula, Seoul has always been an important strategic point throughout the centuries in terms of defense and the economy, from one kingdom to the next. The three kingdoms of Baekje, Goguryeo, and Silla (BCE 57 – CE 688) all fought over the area that is now Korea’s capital. Seoul citizens’ passion for sports led Seoul to host various international sporting events and Seoul is now ready to host the 2032 Summer Olympic Games.
The Singapore Tourist Promotion Board (STPB) was first established in 1964 with the mandate to promote Singapore as a tourist destination. It signalled the government’s recognition of tourism’s potential as an important contributor to the country’s economy. The STB is a statutory board under the Ministry of Trade and Industry of Singapore. It champions the development of Singapore's tourism sector, one of the country's key service sectors and economic pillars, and undertakes the marketing and promotion of Singapore as a tourism destination.
Sochi was founded in 1838 and became the regional centre of the Black Sea province in 1896. Located in the south western part of Russia, it spreads along the 147 km strip of land between the Main Caucasus Mountain Range and the Black Sea coastline. Sochi annually hosts several international and national competitions in athletics, tennis, football, volleyball, and sailing and proposes numerous of sporting activities such as mountain biking, caving, hiking, skiing, rock climbing, horse riding, canyoning, wind surfing, scuba diving, sailing.
The St. Louis Sports Commission is the independent, privately-funded nonprofit organization that makes St. Louis a better place to live, visit, work and play through sports. Its efforts focus on attracting, creating and managing major sporting events for the St. Louis region. The organization uses the power of sports to enhance the area’s quality of life and to create economic and social benefit for the community.
St. Moritz is one of the world's most famous holiday resorts. The city hosted the Winter Olympic Games twice, in 1928 and 1948. It is home to exceptional leisure and sporting facilities, culture par excellence, exclusive shopping opportunities and hosts events on the world stage. The sporting facilities are used by the countless professional athletes who head to Engadin to prepare for major competitions, and are also open to recreational athletes and non-Olympic squads from Switzerland and abroad.
The natural beauty of Stockholm makes the city a great experience to discover on foot, by bike or boat. Ever since the Olympic games of 1912, the city has a long and proud tradition of organised sport activities, with many popular competitions and international events taking place each year. Stockholm has been a magnet for various kinds of events and athletic ones like the Asics Stockholm Marathon and Sweden Horse Show keep attracting visitors from all over the world, revealing the attractiveness of the city.
Tokyo, one of the world's largest cities, offers a uniquely eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary attractions. Sport also establishes itself as an integral part of the Japanese people’s lives; sports clubs can be found everywhere throughout the country, and soccer and baseball are particularly popular and played nationwide. The 1964 Games not only served as a driving force of urban development and economic growth, but also played a role in promoting sports and well-being in the city.
Wonderful Copenhagen is the official tourism organisation of the Capital Region of Denmark, working to promote and develop both business and leisure tourism. With Copenhagen you are guaranteed a host city with the proven ability to organise successful events in creative, green and beautiful surroundings. Copenhagen is one of the most popular event and congress cities in the world due to its easy accessibility, general level of efficiency and low crime rate. Copenhagen - Likeable, Liveable, Loveable.
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Summit 2020 - Partnerships for the Goals
For its seventh edition, the Summit will focus on how smart and forward-thinking cities can leverage inclusive sport, physical activity and sporting events to advance our common roadmap to transform our communities and contribute to the UN 2030 Agenda.
The Summit will focus on the many ways in which cities can leverage sport in order to address their urban, economic, environmental and social challenges while doing so through the lens of the SDG framework. Cities, international organisations and international sports federations from around the world will be present to share their inspiring initiatives and best practices in building partnerships for the goals.
Programme Summit 2020
Tuesday, October 27
Welcome to the 7th edition of the Smart Cities & Sport Summit to be held in Lausanne, the Olympic Capital
Masterclass | How to become a “smarter” city through sport?
By 2050, 68% of the population will be living in urban areas. Cities play a crucial role when it comes to the creation of sustainable environments to live in while optimising the use of resources available. What is a smart city and how does it respond to the numerous environmental and societal challenges encountered today?
The Toolbox | Smart cities and sport in action
From theory to practice! This session aims at giving practical cases to illustrate the concepts presented during the Masterclass.
Urban Planning | How to re-think the use of public spaces for sport?
In recent years, physical inactivity has become a major public health issue, and so has climate change. As the percentage of the population leading a sedentary lifestyle is growing significantly, cities are constantly on the search for new initiatives to keep its population moving. What can cities do to activate public spaces to foster sport participation? And how can such initiatives eventually support the promotion of eco-friendly behaviour?
Talent show | Breakthrough technologies for your future sport events
Three tech-driven companies are given the floor to present innovative ideas that could be of interest for cities. The audience will vote for the most interesting project.
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch & Networking
Get Inspired | Why failure leads to innovation
Participants will have the chance to improve their personal leadership skills thanks to an exclusive session with an expert.
Sport Tourism | How to position your city as a tourism destination through sport?
Sport tourism can be an effective tool towards the development of a city and its place branding. With the rise in the number of sporting events across the world, the global sports tourism market is expected to grow over 36% during the period 2019-2023. How can cities make sport tourism an integrated part of their development strategy and position themselves in this global trend?
IF Panel | How can sports events be adapted to urban environments?
In recent years, an increasing number of cities have served as stages for major sporting events. The objectives of cities are often to better engage with their citizens, to show emblematic places and to increase tourism. Some International Federations (IFs) have understood the new needs of cities in terms of event hosting. But what can IFs do to better adapt their events to urban environments?
Market PlaceThis open forum aims to connect participating cities with representatives from International Sports Federations, event organisers, sports media and various suppliers.
Wednesday, October 28
Welcome to the Smart Cities & Sport Summit and 26th TAFISA World Congress Joint Day!
Keynotes | Sport for All Through Tradition and Innovation
Building Bridges | Smart Cities & Sport and the Sport for All Movement
This special edition of the conference, which brings together Smart Cities & Sport and TAFISA, offers a unique opportunity to learn from each other. Through their various activities, the two organisations are always looking for new solutions to make sport accessible for all in order to fight physical inactivity. Here, the two organisations will share their experiences and best practices!
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch & Networking
Made to Play | How Cities Can Shape the Lives of Future Generations
Making change happen | How to build communities though sport?
Sport has a crucial role to play in the way we want to shape our future. It has the power to transform lives and make a true difference in transforming and building communities. But what kind of world do we want to build for future generations? And how can sport be the driver of this change?
Parallel Session #1 | Active Cities
ACTIVE. HEALTHY. HAPPY. Meet with city representatives who have been successful in developing active citizens.
Parallel Session #2 | Gender Equality in Sport for All
Sport for All also means Sport for Her. What next step should the Sport for All movement take to ensure gender equality at all levels, from management to programme participants?
Parallel Session #3 | Sport Innovation
Just in other areas of society, innovation is everywhere in the sports world. What do new technologies have to offer to cities to encourage their populations to become more active?
Parallel Session #4 | Adapting Cities to an Aging Society
Aging populations are poised to become one of the most impactful social changes of the twenty-first century. How can cities best prepare for this change through sport?
Call for projects
Around the world, cities are finding new, ingenious ways of making sports accessible to their populations during these unprecedented times. What projects is your city implementing in order to use sport as a catalyst for positive change?
We want to hear from you and spread your story to inspire other cities to make a difference too!
Get the chance to be featured in our monthly newsletters, quarterly publications and to present your project on stage at our Summit next October by contacting us at email@example.com or on our social media channels!
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Lilamani de Soysa
Lilamani De Soysa is located between Tokyo, Japan and Lausanne, Switzerland and she is highly involved in the work for the Women in Sport movement. She implemented the International Table Tennis Federation’s Women’s Development Programme, which later won a Sport Accord Award and she also initiated a Women and Sport Management seminar, held in Lausanne. Lilamani holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of Lausanne. Currently, she is Co-Opted Expert on the IWG Global Executive specialising in international sport relations and development.
Deputy Mayor, City of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Dejan Crnek was born in Ljubljana and he discovered his personal life motto mostly through sports and working with people. At the age of fifteen, he had already become a guide at the oldest sports association in Slovenia, the Narodni Dom, and later on managed groups at summer and winter field trips to nature. Mr. Crnek studied at the Faculty of Sport in Ljubljana and worked as an elementary and secondary school teacher. Later, he founded a company together with a friend – he still works there.
IOC Member, Member of Sport and Active Society Commission
Felicite Rwemarika is the First Vice-President of the Rwandan Olympic Committee and a Member of Sport and Active Society Commission since 2017 where she advises on all activities of the Olympic Movement that are related to using sport to improve physical activity in the population. With a background in nursing, business and hospitality from Rwanda, Felicite is highly engaged in sports on the national and international level. Besides her engagement as an IOC member, she organises international conferences on gender equality through sport for social change and represents the AKWOS (Association of Kigali Women in Sports) as Founder, Chair and legal representative.
Commissionner, Japan Sports Agency
Daichi Suzuki is a former elite swimmer having won – among others - an Olympic Gold medal at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul. He also holds a Ph.D. in Medicine and worked as a professor in the Department of Health and Sports Science at the Juntendo University in Japan. From 2013 – 2015, Prof. Suzuki was the President of the Japan Swimming Federation (JSF). Since 2013, he is the President of the Olympians Association of Japan (OAJ) and his currently working as a Commissioner of the Japan Sports Agency.
Information about Covid-19 pandemic
This year is very particular and therefore, due to the current circumstances, the Smart Cities & Sport will offer many options to take part in the 2020 Summit. By registering through the registration platform, you will be able to choose between the on-site or online categories. If you register on-site Summit, but are unable to come to Lausanne for any kind of reasons, you will be refunded 100% free of charge until October 23th 2020.
Special Joint Event with IFs & OI
Smart Cities & Sport is delighted to announce that this year’s edition of the Summit features a unique partnership with TAFISA, the leading international Sport for All organisation.
As a result, Smart Cities & Sport Summit and TAFISA developed a joint programme on November 14th, 2019. It aims at discussing the issues linked to physical inactivity and finding solutions to these various challenges, including how best to develop long-term partnerships between the different actors of the Sport for All movement to guarantee its success in the future.
This is a great chance for cities to connect to a larger and more diversified network including representatives from national and International Sports Federations, National Olympic Committees, ministries of health, culture, education and sport, Sport for All organisations, cities, municipalities and educational institutions.
Host City - Lausanne 2020
Lausanne – Switzerland
Host City of the Smart Cities & Sport Summit 2020
The Smart Cities & Sport Summit 2020 will be back to Lausanne, the Olympic Capital, on the shores of Lake Geneva. The Summit will take place at the legendary Royal Savoy Hotel & Spa located between a short walk from the lake and one of the most living area: the heart of the city.
The City of Lausanne regards itself as the point of contact for international sports federations and organisations wishing to establish their headquarters here. Lausanne, Olympic Capital since 1994, is very proud to have hosted the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee since Baron Pierre de Coubertin requested it in 1915.
For more information about Lausanne Olympic Capital, check out here.
Smart Cities & Sport Summit Venues
Royal Savoy Hotel & Spa – Lausanne
The historic Royal Savoy Hotel & Spa has been originally built in 1909 and has reopened its doors by the end of 2015 with a new contemporary wing. This luxury hotel It will be back to Lausanne, the Olympic Capital, on the shores of Lake Geneva. The Summit will take place at the legendary Royal Savoy Hotel & Spa located between a short walk from the lake and one of the most living area: the heart of the city.
Beau-Rivage Palace – Lausanne
Nestling in 4 hectares of gardens on the shores of Lake Geneva and with a view of the Alps, the Beau-Rivage Palace enjoys an exceptional location, but is nevertheless just 10 minutes from the city centre, in the Ouchy harbour district.
Victor Hugo, Charlie Chaplin, Coco Chanel, Nelson Mandela and Tina Turner are just a few of the many famous names.
Smart Cities & Sport Summit 2020
For the first time ever, and due to the current circumstances, the Smart Cities & Sport Summit will provide its conferences online. Therefore, if for any logistical reasons you are not able to come to Lausanne, you will have the opportunity to follow all the sessions online.
Benefit from the special package at CHF 99.- and your active participation is guaranteed!
Information about Lausanne
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If you have any questions, you should contact the Swiss Embassy responsible for the area in which you reside: Swiss representations
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