A Social Convention

Turkey’s rich and ancient culture was the principal theme of a dazzling ceremony to open SportAccord Convention 2014, setting the tone for a week of social events that enabled ‘out-of-hours’ networking at Susesi Luxury Resort & Convention Centre.

A culture formed by Turkey’s enviable location between Europe and Asia, surrounded by three seas – the Mediterranean to the south, the Aegean to the west and the Black to the north – was portrayed in all its vibrancy by an array of different dances.

The dances were performed before four leading figures from the world of sport welcomed delegates officially to Belek/Antalya. Professor Mr Ugur Erdener, President of the Turkish Olympic Committee, was followed by Akif Çagatay Kılıç, Minister of Youth and Sports in Turkey, IOC President Thomas Bach and Marius L Vizer, President of SportAccord and SportAccord Convention.

SportAccord Convention Opening Ceremony:

SportAccord Convention Closing Event:

The Opening Ceremony was one of many social events to take place over the course of the week, from sampling a dram of the finest single cask malt whisky, courtesy of Convention Silver Partner EventScotland, and a cocktail reception hosted by Bronze Partner Team Canada.

The Aggreko Media Suite was an ideal location for the Convention’s high-profile attendees to hold media interviews, whilst the JTA Business Club facilitated networking between leading decision-makers.

To mark the start of the Convention, JTA also sponsored the Official SportAccord Convention Golf Tournament, allowing delegates to get into the swing of things!

Interview with Jon Tibbs, Chairman of JTA,
a Silver Partner of the Convention:

Interview with Kevin Brownhill, Major Account
Manager – EMEA Events at Aggreko, a Silver
Partner of the Convention:

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