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AO named Best International Sporting Event
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 29: Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates winning championship point in his Men’s Final match against Rafael Nadal of Spain on day 14 of the 2017 Australian Open.
Australian Open 2017 has taken home the top award for Best International Sporting Event at the SPIA Asia – Asia’s Sports Industry Awards. Announced at the third annual SPIA Asia Sports Industry Awards in Bangkok, Thailand, Australian Open 2017 received top honours. The tournament also received the bronze award for Best Sports Event Hospitality Offering of the Year, a major coup following a significant revamp in its hospitality experiences over the past couple of years.
“As the biggest sporting event in the world in January, and as the Grand Slam of the Asia Pacific, it’s very gratifying to receive these two awards,” Tennis Australia CEO and Australian Open Tournament Director Craig Tiley said today. “We have a fantastic team of people who help bring this world-class event to life each year, and this acknowledgement is a credit to all who make this a memorable tournament for players and fans.”
SPIA Asia categories are recognised with gold, silver and bronze trophies for an organisation’s achievements and contribution to the sports industry during the past 12 months.
Visit Victoria landed silver in the Best Sports Tourism Destination of the Year category, cementing Melbourne’s position as the sporting capital of Australia.
BWF Wins Gold at SPIA Awards Gala
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Badminton World Federation won the gold medal for the ‘Best Global Sports Organization Operating in Asia’ at the 3rd SPIA Asia – Asia’s Sports Industry Awards & Conference in Bangkok on Tuesday.
BWF was awarded the gold medal over nine other nominees: International Tennis Federation (UK); International Cricket Council (UAE); Spartan Race (USA); ONE Championship (Singapore); FC Bayern Munich (China); United Arab Emirates Ju Jitsu Federation (UAE); Ultimate Fighting Championship (USA); Global Professional Tennis Coach Association (Switzerland), and Peter Burwash International (USA). Spartan Race won silver, while UFC won bronze.
BWF was also nominated for two other awards. The Dubai World Superseries Finals 2016 was nominated for ‘Best International Sporting Event Sanctioned by an International Federation’, while Shuttle Time Dubai was nominated in the ‘Best Youth Development Program of the Year’ category.
The Awards Gala was held at the end of a two-day conference (6 and 7 November 2017) which was attended by more than 300 delegates and 20 international speakers from various industry sectors. There were 17 Asian and six Thai award categories, and winners were awarded gold, silver and bronze medals for their achievements and contributions to the sports industry over the last 12 months.
“We are proud to have been awarded the gold medal for ‘Best Global Sports Organization Operating in Asia’ by SPIA Asia,” said BWF Secretary General Thomas Lund. “The award recognises achievement at all levels – grassroots development, quality of events, and development of a global fan base, among others. I’m happy to state that in collaboration with our various partners, we have achieved substantial progress on all these fronts. The award will spur us on in our journey to achieve much more in the months to come.”
The Sports Business Conference, titled ‘The Business of Sports – Asia’s Sports Industry in the Fast Lane III’ – has been held annually since 2015 to celebrate the brands, agencies, marketers and organisations that influence the sporting landscape in Asia. The conference was endorsed and supported by Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports, the Sports Authority Thailand, and the Tourism Authority Thailand.
In the ‘Best Global Sports Organization Operating in Asia’ category, entries were accepted from those sporting bodies that have a presence or reach in at least 15 countries, and with active grassroots programmes, talent development, regular competitions, and with a global fan base. The Awards Committee was composed of selected experts representing various fields of the sporting industry.
“The standard of award submissions and competition has been exceptionally high this year,” said Eric M Gottschalk, CEO of MMC Sportz Marketing LLC, organiser of SPIA Asia – Sports Industry Awards & Conference 2017. “Having started with almost 400 entries, all were subject to a fair and transparent judging process that culminated with thorough appraisals by a panel of 20 experts. In many categories the scoring was extremely close and the bronze, silver and gold winners announced at the SPIA Asia Awards Gala should be very proud of their achievement.”
Attended by global sports agencies, governing bodies, international sports federations, global and Asian brands, event organisers and industry suppliers, the Awards Gala followed the two-day “The Business of Sports – Asia’s Sports Industry in the Fast Lane III” conference which saw presentations and panel discussions from 35 leading sports experts.
The Pro League Committee earned a new achievement for Emirati football on a continental stage, after winning the ‘Best Football Organisation’ award in the Asian Sports Industry Awards (SPIA – Asia).
Abdulla Naser Al Junaibi, chairman of the PLC received the award during the third award ceremony that took place in Bangkok, Thailand on Tuesday.
The Arabian Gulf League beat competition from the continent’s oldest and biggest domestic leagues to win the award. Six organisations had been shortlisted by the organising committee for this award; Japan’s J-League, Saudi Pro League, Chinese Super League, Australia’s A-League and the Thailand Football Federation.
The Sports Industry Awards (Asia) recognises excellence in various sectors of the sports industry across the continent in an annual celebration where winners in 23 categories are announced after being selected by a 20-member panel featuring sports industry experts in Asia.
This latest success for the UAE’s Pro League is a testament to the continuous progress the league has achieved in recent years, earning the top spot in the AFC’s domestic competitions ranking for three consecutive times in one year, with the Arabian Gulf League ranking number one in January, June and October 2017.
Al Junaibi paid tribute to the instructions and support of the UAE’s wise leadership that prioritises sports and football and ensures all resources are available for the country’s sports institutions to be successful.
The Chairman insisted the PLC is committed to continue its efforts to fulfil the vision of the nation’s leaders in becoming the number one in all fields.
“Credit for this achievement goes to all parties involved in the Arabian Gulf League, including clubs, partners, sponsors and fans. Everyone contributed their share in developing the league into one of the continent’s top competitions, overtaking some of the best leagues in Asia”, commented Al Junaibi, adding, “Winning this award motivates us to continue working for more progress through the new strategic plan launched by the PLC in March 2017, aimed at delivering success and improving the professional system in UAE football to reach the highest level”.
The Thai shortlist and Extreme Sports Category was revealed live on 9 October 2017. Almost 400 submissions from 47 countries compete in the 23 award categories.