19 October 2019 - 10h46
The annual convention for the international sports media and technology industry’s 30th edition will be held at the Grimaldi Forum from 20th to 23rd October. To celebrate the anniversary, the team managed by CEO Laurent Puons has put together a great programme, from an opening boxing gala tomorrow evening to screenings in the presence of sporting legends and the most festive SPORTEL Awards evening ever…
SPORTEL is celebrating its 30th anniversary. What do you remember of its history?
(He smiles) I haven’t really been a part of SPORTEL’s long history, as I’ve only been involved for a few years, but I can say without fear of contradiction that Georges Bertellotti’s idea was an interesting and judicious one. What this event has become, as a convention and the SPORTEL Awards, has been a real success.
What makes you proud when you hear people talking about SPORTEL?
I can’t claim to own what I didn’t do. I’m not a historic part of SPORTEL. Let’s just say that I’m proud of the development of this event, which has become an unmissable element in the sports business industry. We’re going to create new concepts in the exhibition hall, and will have new attractions on offer, so that we can contribute towards the Principality’s wonderful image. I want to congratulate my team. Thanks to this convention, we can develop the SPORTEL Awards and get the public to take part; they are an essential actor in the sports milieu. The evening will be even more festive, with distinguished guests and public events such as autograph sessions and screenings. The 30th edition will have a very rich programme for the general public, and we will continue.
Can you give us the first few names of athletes who will be at the 30th edition?
Clarisse Agbegnenou (the judoka), Mark Webber (the former F1 drive) and Ada Hegerberg (the 2018 women’s Ballon d’Or winner) will be there. Since we made the SPORTEL Awards a separate event, there has been greater participation. We will also be giving out the Sport Legend award, which went to Didier Deschamps last year.
Why organize a boxing gala to open the event?
We were asking each other what we could offer our participants for the 30th anniversary. It’s extra work, but it’s an area I know a lot about. Boxing is a sport people like. We are trying it out. If people are attracted to it, we might repeat the experience. Tomorrow evening four undefeated boxers, two of whom, Khalil El-Hadri and Christ Esabe, are from Team Monaco Boxe, will fight to become French Champion. The L’Equipe network is broadcasting the fights live. It will be really combative; there won’t be any 60/40.
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