Barcelona | Present and future scenarios of Catalan sports at international level
Directors of several organisations participated in Barcelona in a “Conference on International Sport Diplomacy and Sport Models”, with support of DIPLOCAT
This afternoon took place the first “Conference on International Sport Diplomacy ad Sport Models” in Barcelona, organised by the Platform Pro Catalan Sports Selections (Plataforma Proseleccions Esportives Catalanes) and the Public Diplomacy Council of Catalonia (DIPLOCAT), with the support of the Secretary of Sport of the Government of Catalonia. The meeting gave the opportunity to learn about possible future scenarios of Catalan sport and to get to know different sport organisation models of EU countries.
Xavier Vinyals, President of the Plataforma Proseleccions Esportives Catalanes, welcomed the audience, accompanied by Albert Royo-Mariné, Secretary General of DIPLOCAT, and by Ivan Tibau, Secretary General of Sport of the Government of Catalonia. In the Museum and Centre for Sport Studies Dr. Melcior Colet in Barcelona gathered personalities of the sports sector, embracing all areas from federation to politics.
Albert Royo-Mariné defended the role of sport diplomacy, which “crosses borders and promotes Catalonia to the world as a sport-loving nation”. Ivan Tibau underlined the importance to establish “contacts with representatives from the international level at moments like the one Catalonia is experiencing at present” and to get to know “other organisation models in order to work towards the future”. Xavier Vinyals assured that this conference represented “a starting point for sharing how we want the sport of the future to look like”.
After the inauguration, the journalist Jordi Robirosa moderated two round tables with participation of the directors of Catalan and international organisations. The first round table analised international sport relations and counted with the presence of Jaume Andreu, person in charge of the Sport Unit of the European Commission (1989-1993 and 1999-2004), who talked about the activities of the European Union in this field; Pau Vilanova, Member of the Bord of Directors of FC Barcelona, who analised Barça’s role in representing Catalonia in the world; Aldons Vrublevskis, President of the Olympic Committee of Latvia, who spoke from his experience when talking about the importance of sport in the strengthening of international relations; and Xavier Vinyals, who explained the situation of Catalan sport in international relations and of the Olympic Committee of Catalonia.
The second part of the conference was focused on sport organisation models, in which Gerard Figueras, Director of the Catalan Sport Council, talked about the future of Catalan sport; José Manuel Constantino, President of the Olympic Committee of Portugal, did so about sport organisation in Portugal; Aldons Vrublevskis, about sport in Latvia, and Jordi Bertomeu, President of the Euroleague Basketball, exposed the model of this competition as an example of a new international sport organisation.
Last updated: 30 November 2015