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First Global Sports Week Paris concludes with a challenge to world sports leaders

First Global Sports Week Paris concludes with a challenge to world sports leaders


  • More than 2,000 delegates from 70 countries attend inaugural summit
  • 250 investors and more than 130 international media represented
  • Access, equality, digital transformation, climate and athlete activism lead agenda


The first Global Sports Week Paris concluded Friday with a challenge to leaders of the international sports movement to embrace change in order to protect and increase sport’s impact in the world.

The call to action came from a group of 50 under-25s, selected from 22 nations to serve as spokespeople for the emerging generation across the 15 keynote discussions at the heart of the event.

The ‘Young Sports Makers’ were among more than 2,000 delegates who attended across the two days of Global Sports Week, which sought to explore the future of sport at the intersection of business and society.

More than 250 investors and 130 international media were also present at the summit, organised under the patronage of UNESCO and the high patronage of M. Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic.

The agenda was dominated by issues including access to sport, digital transformation and athlete activism, alongside sport’s role in the climate emergency and driving gender equality.

Speakers from across sport, business, culture and society included F1 Executive Chairman and CEO Chase Carey, International Paralympic Committee President Andrew Parsons, French Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu, eight-time Olympic Swimming champion Matt Biondi and Rolling Stones musician Matt Clifford.

Global Sports Week was also the stage for significant announcements from international sports bodies and brands, including:

  • The All England Lawn Tennis Club’s announcement of four new environmental commitments, which include reducing carbon emissions at Wimbledon to ‘net zero’ by 2030;
  • The French Football Federation (FFF’s)’s signature to the French Sports Ministry’s Charter of 15 Eco-Responsibility commitments, which will apply to all FFF events hosted at the Stade de France and the French Federation’s training facilities;
  • Paris 2024’s unprecedented agreement with the Agence Francaise de Developpement to expand funding for sport-led sustainable development projects around the world;
  • Banque Populaire’s new partnership with the French Surfing Federation; and
  • Danone making the Danone Nations Cup the first international tournament to participate in the ‘Common Goal’ campaign, committing to donate 1% of revenues to the charitable movement.

A series of sports tech and social innovation pitch contests also took place at Global Sports Week, including the Tremplin Invest Finals and the 2nd FFF Innovation Awards. The winners, selected from more than 250 international entrants, will benefit from the opportunity to collaborate with the world champion French Football Federation. They were named as:

  • Sceenic (UK) in the Fan Experience category;
  • Physimax (Israel) in the Sport Performance category; and
  • Tiraka (France) in the Social Responsibility category.

Commenting on the success of Global Sports Week, French Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu said: “Global Sports Week clearly has its place in the world sports calendar. We’ve been delighted to welcome such a diverse and international range of delegates, and impressed by their willingness to investigate ways for sport to change and to contribute across a wider range of social issues. It’s a great opportunity for Paris to gather these international leaders.”

Global Sports Week President and Co-founder Lucien Boyer said: “We are excited by the success of this first edition, which shows the world of sport has much to gain from listening to the new generation. Our vision was to offer disruptive formats, and voices coming from outside sports. We believe the sports movement is ready for change. This is a journey we look forward to continuing at next year’s Global Sports Week Paris.”





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Hervé ANDRE-BENOIT | France Founder of FISE and CEO of Hurricane

Norma BASTIDAS | Mexico Ultramarathon Athlete, Fight for Dignity

HRH Prince Ali BIN AL HUSSEIN of Jordan | Jordan Founder, AFDP Global

Matt BIONDI | USA Olympic swimming champion and Director Swimming Athletes Partnership

Yannick BOLLORE | France Chairman & CEO Havas Group, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Vivendi

Sally BOLTON | UK Incoming CEO of the All England Lawn Tennis Club (Wimbledon)

Lucien BOYER | France Chairman and Co-Founder, Global Sports Week

Richard BRISIUS | Sweden Race Chairman, The Ocean Race

Chase CAREY | USA Executive Chairman and CEO, Formula 1

Chris CARROLL | USA Director of Digital Engagement, International Olympic Committee

Matt CLIFFORD | UK Musician, Rolling Stones

Sir Russell COUTTS | New Zealand CEO, SailGP

Guillaume de MONPLANET | France SVP, General Manager, adidas France

Fanta DIALLO | Senegal  Director of Sports, Youth and Grassroots Association, City of Dakar

Youri DJORKAEFF | France FIFA World Cup 1998 winner, Director FIFA Foundation

Justine DUPONT | France Professional surfer

Craig EDMONDSON | UK CEO, Zwift Esports

Guy-Laurent EPSTEIN | France UEFA Marketing Director

Tony ESTANGUET | France 3-time Olympic Champion and President, Paris 2024 Organising Committee

Laurence FISCHER | France Ambassador for sports, Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs

Pascal CAGNI | France Chairman of Business France, Ambassador for international investments

Brett GOSPER | Australia CEO, World Rugby

Julie HARRINGTON | United Kingdom Chief Executive, British Cycling

Andreas HEYDEN | Germany EVP digital innovation German Football League (DFL)

Vibeke JENSEN | Jordan UNESCO  Director for the Division for Education for Peace and Sustainable Development

David KAHN | USA Paris Basketball Co-owner and CEO

Ahmad KONTAR | Syria Breakdancer and Model

Claude LELOUCH | France Film director

Jacky LORENZETTI | France – Switzerland President Group Ovalto, Owner of Paris La Défense Arena and Racing 92 rugby Club

Jesse LOVEJOY | Director of STEAM Education, San Francisco 49ers

Roxana MARACINEANU | France French Minister of Sports

Alexandre MARS | France Founder Epic, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist, Board Member Paris 2024

Jean-François MARTINS | France Deputy Mayor in charge of Sports and Tourism, City of Paris

Laurent MIGNON | France Executive Chairman, Group BPCE

Nadia NADIM | Denmark Professional Football Player at PSG and Champion for girls’ and women’s education, UNESCO

Kely NASCIMENTO-DELUCA | Brazil Founder and President, The Nascimento Foundation

Nouria NEWMAN  | France Extreme kayak champion and IOC Young Leader

Andrew PARSONS | Brazil President, International Paralympic Committee

Nicoletta PICCOLROVAZZI | Switzerland Global Technology and Sustainability Director – Olympic & Sports Solutions, Dow Europe GmbH

Sophie PROUST | France CTO, Atos

Rémy RIOUX| France Executive Director, Agence française de développement

Tracey RUSSELL | USA COO McCourt

Marie SAMMONS | France Executive Director, Ultra-Trail World Tour

Ben SCHWERIN | USA Vice President of Partnerships, Snap Inc.

Alberto UNCINI MANGANELLI | Switzerland – Italia General Manager BU Running – adidas

Luis VICENTE | Portugal CEO Eleven Sports Group

Mathias VICHERAT | France Senior Vice President, General Secretary Danone

Ibrahima WADE | Senegal  – France  General Coordinator Youth Olympic Games Dakar 2022

Andreas ZAGKLIS | Greece Secretary General, FIBA (International Basketball Federation)

Lisa ZIMOUCHE | France Soccer Freestyler





About Global Sports Week

Global Sports Week Paris is the new annual gathering of the world sports economy, organised under the patronage of UNESCO and the high patronage of M. Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic.


The first edition took place at the Carrousel du Louvre between February 5th and 7th 2020, gathering more than 2,000 international leaders around an agenda focussed on sport at the intersection of business and society.


À propos de Global Sports Week

Global Sports Week Paris est le nouvel événement annuel de l’écosystème du sport mondial.

Il a réuni les leaders internationaux du sport et des influenceurs d’autres univers afin d’échanger, de faire bouger et de construire ensemble l’avenir du sport.

La première édition de Global Sports Week a eu lieu dans les salles du Carrousel du Louvre du 6 au 7 février 2020, sous le haut patronage du Président de la République, Monsieur Emmanuel Macron avec le soutien du Ministère des Sports français et de la Ville de Paris.


Toutes les informations sont disponibles sur le site internet de #GSWParis :

GSW Media contacts:

Agence Olivia Payerne | Agathe Schrameck

  1. +33 (0)1 46 04 08 62

Catherine Inkster, Communications Director Global Sports Week

+44 (0) 77 89 40 04 89

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