PARIS: According to an announcement of Global Sports management, the Olympic champions, international sports chiefs, business, government and cultural leaders are set to join with youth influencers for a first-of-its kind summit in Paris next month. This is as part of French-led efforts to increase sport’s presence in global economic and societal debate.

Global Sports Week is the new annual gathering of the world sports economy, organised under the patronage of UNESCO and the high patronage of M. Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic.

The first edition will take place at the Carrousel du Louvre between February 5th and 7th 2020, gathering 1,000 international leaders around an agenda focussed on the future of sport at the intersection of business and society.

The summit – and its off-festival featuring debates, parties, exhibitions and innovation contests – is designed to provide a platform for knowledge-exchange and collaboration with the aim of finding innovative and sustainable solutions to the major challenges facing sport and society.

It comes as France prepares for a decade in the global sports spotlight, as the host of events including the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games and 2023 Rugby World Cup as well as the NBA Global Games regular-season fixtures, which make their debut in Paris this weekend after almost a decade in London.

The Key Editorial Themes and Participants:

Sport In Face Of Climate Emergency

At the start of a year that will end with the milestone Cop26 Summit in Glasgow (UK), Global Sports Week will feature the following key contributions from the world of sport:

  • Chase Carey, Executive Chairman and CEO of Formula 1, will expand on his organisation’s recent announcement of a strategy to become net carbon zero by 2030.
  • Sally Bolton, incoming CEO of the All England Lawn Tennis Club (Wimbledon), in her first major public appearance since becoming the first female appointed to the role, will use the event to announce a significant new carbon reduction commitment by the AELTC.
  • Justine Dupont, one the world’s greatest professional big wave surfers is Chair of the ISA Athletes’ Commission and a passionate and powerful activist for ocean protection
  • Richard Brisius, Chairman of sailing’s Ocean Race, which has led a global movement against plastic pollution in partnership with the UN. Brisius was also the leader of Stockholm’s failed bid to host the 2026 Olympic Winter Games, which promised a new blueprint for sustainable major events.

(IOC Partner Dow and Paris 2024 Partner EDF will both additionally send high-level spokespeople to participate in a session entitled “Gen Z vs sports business leaders on the subject of climate change.”)

Setting Agenda For Tokyo 2020

  • Andrew Parsons, President of the International Paralympic Committee, will address a broad range of topics – from heat to Russia to IOC relations to “woke-washing” sponsorship to the power of sport as a lever of social inclusion – ahead of his first Summer Games at the helm of the Paralympic movement.
  • Tony Estanguet, President of the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games Organising Committee, a triple Olympic Champion and former Vice-President of the IOC Athletes’ Commission, will expand on his organisation’s transformative vision for the Games in the context of current issues. The event will also be the stage for an historic partnership announcement related to the Games.
  • Roxana Maracineanu, French Sports Minister and Olympic medallist, who arrived in the country as a child fleeing the communist regime in Romania, will present a French government perspective on matters related to both the 2020 and 2024 Games, as well as a viewpoint on sport’s role across current French domestic and international policy issues. 
  • Justine Dupont, one the world’s greatest professional big-wave surfers, appearing ahead of the Surfing’s Olympic debut in Tokyo this summer. Justine will represent the athlete voice as Chair of the ISA Athletes’ Commission at a time when the rise of athlete IP (v the IOC’s “Rule 40”) and athlete activism are high on the agenda.
  • Andreas Zagklis, Secretary-General of FIBA (International Basketball Federation) and considered among the rising stars of the Olympic movement, will appear ahead of the debut of 3-on-3 basketball at the Tokyo Games.
  • Florent Manaudou, Iconic French swimmer, former world-record holder, Olympic champion in London 2012, andsilver medallist in Rio 2016, who is seeking to regain his titles in Tokyo. Manaudou was also among the stars of the new professional swimming league, ISL, in its first season.
  • Julie Harrington, CEO of British Cycling, which will seek to extend its dominant track-record in Tokyo after many months in the headlines
  • Brett Gosper, CEO of World Rugby, ahead of the second Olympic Sevens event and following the recent Rugby World Cup in Japan

Sport’s gender shift / the rise of women’s sport

  • Kely Nascimento-DeLuca – eldest daughter of Pele, a filmmaker and activist, who will present an exclusive trailer of her new documentary, ‘Warrior Women of Football’
  • Nadia Nadim – Danish professional footballer with Paris Saint-Germain and UNESCO Champion for girls’ and women’s education, who fled Afghanistan as a child refugee
  • Lisa Zimouche, a freestyler footballer, influencer and equality activist will bring her internet-famous ‘tekkers,’ which helped her to win the female world freestyle championship in 2014, and her powerful voice as a champion of women’s empowerment. 
  • Nouria Newman, extreme Kayaker, influencer and IOC Young Leader

Powerful individual voices from inside and outside the world of sport, including*

  • Matt Biondi – Eight-time Olympic champion in swimming (USA) and newly-appointed Director of the sport’s Athletes’ Union as the sport enters a new, athlete- and commercially-led era with the creation of the International Swimming League
  • Tracey Russell – COO of McCourt Group (owners of Olympique Marseille, the Global Champions Tour and LA Marathon); CEO of LA Marathon
  • Norma Bastidas – Mexican-Canadian world record-breaking Ultrarunner and activist who used sport as a way of escaping poverty and sexual exploitation 
  • Matt Clifford – long-time Mick Jagger collaborator and keyboard player with the Rolling Stones, who has a long history creating and producing music for sports properties such as the UEFA Champions League
  • Sir Russell Coutts – legendary New Zealand Yachtsman and Co-founder and Chairman of SailGP, the ambitious harbour-based Saiing series that launched in 2019
  • Youri Djorkaeff – member of France’s 1998 FIFA World Cup-winning team, now serving as CEO of the FIFA Foundation
  • Ahmad Kontar – Syrian refugee and breakdancer who is now one of France’s top runway models
  • Jacky Lorenzetti – business leader and one of Rugby’s most powerful figures as the owner of Racing 92 and its innovative stadium, now known as the Paris La Defense Arena
  • Nada Al-Nashif – UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Human and Social Sciences
  • Herve-Andre Benoit – founder of FISE, the world’s biggest action sports festival
  • Laurent Mignon – Executive Chairman of BPCE Group, the second biggest banking group in France and the first Premium Partner of Paris 2024
  • Fanta Diallo – Sports Director of the City of Dakar; Leading “Africtivist” on sport and gender issues
  • David Khan – President of Paris Basketball; former GM of the Minnesota Timberwolves NBA Franchise
  • Guy-Laurent Epstein – UEFA Marketing Director
  • Luis Vicente – newly appointed CEO of Eleven Sports, Aser Group’s challenger sports streaming platform, and recent Chief Digital Transformation and Innovation Officer at FIFA
  • HRH Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein  – Founder of AFDP Global, former member of the FIFA Executive Committee and FIFA Presidential candidate.
  • Ibrahima Wade – General Coordinator of Youth Olympic Games – Dakar 2022
  • Craig Edmondson – CEO of Zwift Esports, the online virtual sports training platform, which has pioneered professional virtual racing in partnership with cycling’s governing bodies
  • Marie Sammons – CEO of the Ultra-Trail World Tour
  • Guillaume de Monplanet – CEO, adidas France
  • Mathias Vicherat – General Secretary, Danone

2 Days Of Talks, Interviews & Encounters

Global Sports Week Paris will feature the following additional events and programmes :

Young Sports Makers

  • Fifty 18-25 year-olds from 22 countries have been selected to represent the voice of the next generation throughout the event

Le Tremplin Invests Finals

  • The international finals of a sport-tech start-up contest, featuring the winners of qualifying contests in Germany, France, UK, US, Israel, Swizerland, Japan and Italy

The France Football Federation Innovation Awards

  • Nine shortlisted international tech start-ups will compete to win titles in three categories (social innovation, fan engagement, sports performance), including the chance to collaborate with the reigning FIFA World Cup champions

GSW Social Booster

  • Nine shortlisted sports-led social impact projects from around the world will pitch to investors as part of a dedicated Global Sports Week accelerator programme.

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