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SportAccord Day 2 09/05/2019

SportAccord 2019 Day 2

The first long meeting was the annual general meeting of ASOIF. (Association of Summer Olympic International Federations) 

Paris 2024 gave a great presentation with a lot of amazing points. I will try to highlight a few of the things that I found defining. 

The first motto “Sport Changes Lives”. Not only the athletes, but all involved in taking part in every aspect of sport. 

The aim of Paris 2024 is to awaken the athlete within.

I was thinking to myself, what a great message. Doesn’t matter which sport you follow, but to really feel that you are part of every performance from every athlete.

They also explained that this will be the first time they will introduce -Virtual Reality- Where from the comfort of your own home you can link into the athlete you are watching and compete against them online. 

They want to produce “Revolutionary Games”. Spectacular & Sustainable. 

They gave a great introduction why they chose the 4 new sports to be included into the Paris 2024 Olympic Games where Surfing, Sports Climbing, Skate Boarding and of course our very own Breaking. Their vision of connecting with today - connecting with young people together with the urban feel was very important within their considerations.  

For me this presentation was so inspiring I immediately wanted to join the organising committee of the Olympics 2024. :) I wish everyone involved in DanceSport could have seen it.

If the WDSF is successful when the next vote is taken by the 115 members of the IOC during their next session in the end of June then the athletes possibly participating in the Olympics can look forward to a once in lifetime experience in Paris. 

At the SportAccord opening ceremony Dr. Thomas Bach made a huge point about the new Digital Age we have already moved into.

For the first time ever at the last Winter Olympic Games, 5G was used in filming the different sports as well as the mobile phone being the most used digital device.

He continued by saying that the digital future is a huge opportunity to reach more people with the values of sport and the magic of the Olympics. 

He finished off his speech by reminding us that; Sport without values is just entertainment.

But, Sport is so much more than meer entertainment. 

The quote of the day from Paris 2024!!! Excellence is not an option, it’s a commitment!!! 

More tomorrow! 

Regards from Down under,

Athletes Commission - Chair