(Lausanne, Switzerland) Federation of International Lacrosse Director of Development, Tom Hayes, and Director of Finance, Ron Balls, were in attendance for the 8th annual IF Forum which took place in Lausanne, Switzerland from Monday, November 3rd through Wednesday, November 5th.
The focus of the forum was to empower top sports leaders from international federations with information and mutually beneficial exchanges.
The IF Forum was opened by SportAccord President, Marius L. Vizer, who spoke of the importance of this year’s topic ‘Innovation and Technology’ for all member federations and the need for constant change.“I believe that Agenda 2020, which will be decided in Tokyo, will help in taking best decisions on behalf of the sports world, which will be in their best interest and provide them with the best direction forward,” said Mr. Vizer.
Delivering a welcome address, IOC President, Thomas Bach, congratulated SportAccord for organizing the theme of this year’s IF Forum and said, “We need to change at a time when we are successful and not when we are forced to. We need to be in the driver’s seat and not be driven around when it comes to the global sports movement.”
Ron Balls—FIL Director of Finance
Commenting on the IF Forum for himself and Tom Hayes, FIL’s Ron Balls said, “As well as the forum content and the opportunity to discuss matters of common interest the leadership of other sports international federations this sports Tom and I were also able to meet with Vlad Marinescu, Director General of SportAccord, and Sarah Storey, Head of Membership and Legal Affairs. This enabled us to discuss the detail of the FIL bid for Olympic Recognition noting that the IOC pass all the bids to SportAccord for review in advance of consideration by the IOC Executive.”
Olympic legend, Nadia Comaneci surprised all when she finished her keynote address with a perfect handstand.
She recounted how she was surprised to note that she had only scored a ‘1.00’ in Montreal in 1976 at the end of her routine, simply because the scoreboard technology could not accommodate 4 digits with 2 decimal points.
In her own words, “it was one time when the athletes were ahead of the technology on offer.”
Also delivering keynote addresses were Michael Peters, CEO of Euronews, who spoke of the importance of the new partnership between SportAccord and his organization for ‘Sports United’, a new weekly sports news bulletin focusing on all sports, and Dr. Paul Hawkins, who gave a precise demonstration of how video refereeing could help eliminate errors from football, while making it even more viewer-friendly.
This year’s IF Forum attracted over 300 participants and featured more than 45 speakers and presenters.
About the FIL
The Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) is the international governing body for men’s and women’s lacrosse. The FIL currently has 51 member nations and sanctions five World Championships (women’s and men’s field, women’s and men’s U19 field and men’s indoor.) The FIL is responsible for the governance and integrity of all forms of lacrosse and provides responsive and effective leadership to support the sports’ development throughout the world.