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The International Sports Event Management Conference 2010 kicks off with star studded line up of guest speakers

The Informa Sports Group (ISG), the newly formed division of Informa PLC set up to organise B2B events in the global sports industry, and Rushmans, an international event management and consultancy organisation, announce the start of the International Sports Event Management Conference 2010 (ISEM).

The conference boasts a stunning speaker line up with a record number of attendees. The world leaders in sports event management are speaking, including Danny Jordaan, CEO of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa; Lalit Modi, architect of the Indian Premier League; Paul Deighton, CEO, London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games; Dmitry Chernyshenko, President, Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games; and Gilbert Felli, Executive Director, Olympic Games, International Olympic Committee.

Over 250 attendees will gather today at Twickenham Stadium for ISEM 2010. The top class line up of speakers guarantees that the conference will deliver unique insight, opinion, and top level analysis of the major issues facing the fast-developing sports events sector. 

The Conference will kick off with Paul Deighton and Dmitry Chernyshenko, the two Olympic Chiefs of the upcoming Summer and Winter Olympic Games, presenting keynote speeches, followed by a joint Q&A session. 

Lalit Modi, architect of the Indian Premier League, will participate in a live Q&A session where he will reflect on the success of the IPL and the future of sport in India. 

Danny Jordaan, CEO of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa, will present on the organisation of the South African World Cup, followed by a post event debrief, sharing his views on the commercial and social benefits for South Africa. 

The first conference day will end with John Scott, CEO of Glasgow 2014, giving a keynote speech on the planning of the next Commonwealth Games.

Day one will be followed by the prestigious 2010 ISEM Awards Gala Dinner and Ceremony this evening, recognising excellence in major sports events.

Conference day two will start with an interview with Gilbert Felli who will share some of his career highlights, and discuss the major challenges currently being faced by Olympic organising committees in planning and staging truly memorable games.  He will also discuss his insight on the future of the Olympic Games.

Further details on the ISEM Conference and Awards are available at



Media enquiries:
Maisam Rattansi
Informa Sports Group
Tel: +971 4 4072491          

Sally Nastys

Informa Sports Group

Rebecca Mitchell, Maitland

+44 207 379 5151

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Notes to editors:

Informa Sports Group

The Informa Sports Group (ISG) is a newly formed division of Informa PLC ( set up specifically to organise business-to-business (B2B) events in the global sports industry.

Informa PLC is a leading international provider of specialist information and services for the academic and scientific, professional and commercial business communities, and the largest publicly-owned organiser of conference and courses in the world with an output of around 8,000 events annually.

ISG’s mission is to become the world’s leading organiser of B2B sports events, and to provide our customers with a competitive advantage through the latest, must have sports business information and research, and through business networking opportunities designed to create and build productive supplier-end user relationships. We provide the global sports industry with a matchless international marketing platform through a worldwide portfolio of sports industry events.

Together with our sister company, the Informa Yacht Group (IYG), we have created a cutting-edge, industry-leading organisation – a purpose-built, dynamic, business team of experienced event professionals who deliver a wide variety of international business development opportunities for the sports and yachting sectors.



Rushmans is an international event management and consultancy organisation with over 25 years experience in managing major international events and projects worldwide.

The company’s expertise is based on the experience of practical implementation and delivery of over 500 events in 30 countries which has given a detailed and thorough understanding of the necessary physical and intellectual assets required for the successful staging of world-class events, both sporting and political.

By offering an unparalleled resource for organisers of major international events, Rushmans helps empower and enable organising committees to deliver their strategies and often at surprisingly low cost. Substantial budget savings are frequently achieved for clients and services often delivered in a more cost effective way than other options.

Current and recent projects include the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup Bid, ICC World Twenty20 West Indies 2010, Yas Marina F1 Grand Prix Circuit, Abu Dhabi 2010 Project, FIFA Club World Cup 2009, ICC World Twenty20 South Africa 2007, ICC Cricket World Cup West Indies 2007, the 15th Asian Games Doha 2006, Rugby World Cups of 1991, 1995 and 1999, the Cricket World Cup in 1999 & 2003, Euro ’96, the CAF African Cup of Nations, the Johannesburg World Summit for Sustainable Development as well as many other international sporting and political events.



Now in its fifth year, ISEM is THE must attend industry event  for sports industry professionals,  international and national federations and representatives of local and national governments who need  to understand and ensure successful planning and delivery of sports events.

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