AISTS Presents Comparative Study on Sport Development Opportunities for Geneva

The event organised by the foundations Sport for Life and Neva was named in French ‘Grande Soirée Russe’, to honour the participation of several world famous Russian athletes in particular. 

Elena Dementieva, one of the world's greatest tennis players, Valeri Kamensky, and Slava Bykov, two sports legends in Ice Hockey, were able to relate to the study conducted by the AISTS, by sharing their experience in sport and telling the public about how they started out in their respective sports.


Photo (left to right):
Valeri Kamensky (1 Olympic title, 3 World Champion titles), Slava Bykov (2 Olympic titles, 5 World Champion titles), Jean-Philippe Rapp (journalist and former TV presenter at TSR)








The discussions with the athletes aimed to better understand the possible relation between the successes of star athletes and the development of sport for youth, and society in general. 


Photo (left to right):
Elena Dementieva (Women's singles tennis Olympic Champion in Beijing, winner of 16 WTA singles titles), Didier Défago (Olympic Champion in descente in Vancouver), Jean-Philippe Rapp (journalist and former TV presenter at TSR)







The AISTS study presented at the event, compares the sporting development of the cities of Geneva (Switzerland), Barcelona (Spain), Montreal (Canada) and Kazan (Russia).


The discussion was complemented by the good-humoured Canadian Ice Hockey legends Guy Carbonneau and Yvan Cournoyer, the celebrated Swiss descente skier Didier Défago, and the charming ski-cross World Champion 2013 Fanny Smith.


Photo (left to right): 
Slava Bykov (2 Olympic titles, 5 World Champion titles), Valeri Kamensky (1 Olympic title, 3 World Champion titles), Yvan Cournoyer (Former Captain of the Canadien de Montreal team, 10 times winner of the Stanley Cup), Guy Carbonneau (Former Captain of the Canadien de Montreal team, 3 times winner of the Stanley Cup)






Photo (right hand side): 
Fanny Smith (World Cup 1st Overall 2013 Cristal Globe, World Champion Gold in Voss Norway, & 11 World Cup podiums in Ski Cross)



AISTS Director Claude Stricker and Project Coordinator Jeremy Mallétroit were present at the event to bring a scientific outlook to the conference and answer questions from the public.

“Geneva is an international city that attracts many international actors in finance, business, education, research and non-governmental humanitarian organisations. However ensuring the continued existence of the sports clubs in Geneva, such as the Genève-Servette Hockey Club and Football Club, is not a given.

That is not to say that sport has not had a good number of positive impacts on society: sport is an economic development factor, it reinforces social bonds, adds to the cultural heritage of the region, helps improve the health of the people and contributes to education efforts.

The conference allowed us to share some initial observations from a study that is still being conducted, with the aim to better understand the opportunities for sport development in Geneva.”


Photo (left to right):
Jeremy Mallétroit (AISTS Project Coordinator), Georges-André Carrel (UNIL & EPFL Sports Department Director), Claude Stricker (AISTS Executive Director)





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