Bernard Lapasset Releases SportAccord Presidential Manifesto

May 23, 2013

International Rugby Board (IRB) Chairman Bernard Lapasset has outlined his election manifesto for his bid to become President of SportAccord.

Lapasset wants SportAccord to become the voice of sport and to reaffirm sporting values, troche whilst creating an Academy and Festival.

Lapasset said:  “I am passionate about sport and I believe in SportAccord. I want to see International Federations work together to promote and protect the collective interests of sport, medicine which is why my vision is of evolution through unity and good governance.

“We need to collaborate for the benefit of all sports, while respecting and embracing the diversity of sport.”

Lapasset wants a SportAccord Academy to share knowledge and best-practice, which would ‘equip all Federations, large and small, with the most up-to-date information and tools.’

Speaking about the Academy Lapasset said: “The SportAccord Academy will be a hub of knowledge and best practice, equipping Federations with the tools they need to drive their sports forward.

“Through the Academy, SportAccord must be at the forefront of the fight against betting fraud and the promotion of clean sport, encouraging the exchange of knowledge and providing robust information and education for leaders, athletes and officials.”

The Festival in Lapasset’s manifesto would celebrate the diversity of sport and would be an opportunity to showcase new sports.

The third point Lapasset made was for SportAccord to become the ‘voice of sport’ and to be at the centre of the political agenda, whilst the fourth and final point was to reaffirm sport’s values and role in society.

Highlighting the wider role of sport in society, Lapasset added: “SportAccord must lead the sporting agenda, and if I am successful, I will strive to place it at the heart of all key international sporting and political bodies.

“What’s more by promoting sport’s strong values of inclusivity, tolerance, loyalty and respect, SportAccord can further sport’s role as a vehicle of social change.”

The new President of SportAccord will be elected at the 2013 General Assembly in St. Petersburg, Russia, on May 31 and Lapasset is challenged by the President of the International Judo Federation (IJF), Marius Vizer.

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