Lausanne, Mar 15 : SportAccord has announced the cancellation of the SportAccord World Sport & Business Summit 2020, which had been due to take place from 19-24 April in Lausanne, Switzerland. SportAccord 2020 was originally scheduled to be held in Beijing, but due to the outbreak of coronavirus, the host city was changed from Beijing to Lausanne. On Feb 28, the Swiss federal government imposed a ban on large-scale events involving more than 1,000 people.
The ban came into immediate effect and was set to apply until at least March 15, 2020. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) moved to declare the COVID-19 outbreak as an official Pandemic. On March 13 in a press conference, the Canton of Vaud under emergency measures imposed a ban on events involving more than 50 people until April 30, 2020. SportAccord, which brings together nearly 2,000 delegates, has taken the necessary step of cancelling SportAccord 2020 to give International Sport Federations, stakeholders, partners and attendees as much time as possible to make arrangements in light of the cancellation.(Xinhua)