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Pangaea Network confirms involvement in the Global Sports Industry Congress

Pangaea Network, our international network has confirmed its involvement in the Global Sports Industry Congress in London on Monday 1 November 2010. The Congress, now in its second year, will bring together key decision makers in the world of sport, with a special focus on the ‘Emerging Sport Nations' who are helping to radically change the shape of the industry, as well as the role that specialists in established markets can play in helping to fulfil their vision for the future.

Confirmed speakers include: Dmitry Chernyshenko, CEO, Sochi 2014; Faruk Nafız Özak, State Minister for Youth and Sport of Turkey; Sergei Fursenko, President, Russian Football Union; Heather Hancock, Managing Partner of Deloitte in the UK; Colin Grannell, Executive Vice President, Partnership Marketing, Visa.

Paul Deighton, CEO of The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) will be speaking at the dinner that is set to follow the Congress, as he did in 2009, where he gave an inspiring address about his team's work behind the scenes in the run-up to London 2012. A wide range of issues facing the global sports industry will be addressed during the day including the changing role of sponsorship in the current financial climate, sport tourism and destination development, risk management in new markets and the enormous opportunities offered by innovations in media technology. Football will also be a major theme, in the run-up to the announcement due this December on the World Cup bids for 2018 and 2002, and following this summer's historic tournament in South Africa.

Pangaea Network will be sponsoring and moderating a session on sport tourism and leveraging the staging of sporting events for tourism benefit. Confirmed participants for this session include Daniel Ritterband, Director of Marketing, Office of the Mayor of London; and Paul Gauger, Visit Britain's Global Leader for 2012 Media.

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