published at Wednesday 15 May 2013

PR2/2013 - WISE supported by the IOC

WISE, the first ever International Convention for Career Development in Sports will be supported by the IOC, Lausanne and the Canton of Vaud

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With only one year to go until the first ever International Convention for Career Development in Sports « WISE – Work In Sports Exhibition », several world-renowned partners have already stepped in to support the project.

The Olympic Capital of Lausanne and the Canton of Vaud, in their role as centre of competence for international sport, are supporting the organisation of this convention as Host Partners.

In the summer of 2006, Lausanne opened the House of International Sport (MSI), the only centre of competence of its kind in the world, grouping together several organisations involved in the administration of international sport under a single roof. Set up as a joint venture between the city of Lausanne, the Canton of Vaud and the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the House of International Sport houses around 20 international sporting federations and a dozen companies operating in the sports sector, as well as the WISE offices.

Located on an outstanding site close to the headquarters of the IOC, this complex makes it possible for the various international sporting federations based in Lausanne to tap significant synergies and to share skills and best practices, thereby reinforcing Lausanne’s position as the international capital of sport.

The IOC will be involved as an active member of the Steering Committee and an Institutional Partner. In this role, the IOC will provide strategic advice and quality lecturers and topics to the convention’s programme. The vision of the IOC is to contribute to building a better world through sport. In addition to ensuring the regular celebration of the Olympic Games and the Youth Olympic Games, the IOC also oversees a wide range of programmes and projects that aim to educate youth through sport, promote Olympism in society and support professional athletes as they transition into their post-competition careers.

“WISE and the IOC’s Athlete Career Programme (ACP) share many common goals,” said IOC Sports Director Christophe Dubi. “It is about helping as many athletes as possible successfully manage training and competition and prepare at an early stage for life after their sports career. The ACP has already supported more than 10,000 athletes from over 100 countries and by joining forces with WISE, we aim to further increase our reach and services.”

WISE is a two-day event to be held at MCH Beaulieu Lausanne SA in Switzerland on May 7-8, 2014.