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European cycling gathers in Odense, Denmark

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On the March 5 -6, European decision-makers from the cycling world gather in Odense for the UEC’s annual Congress. More than 120 leaders from the national cycling associations and around 50 different nations will participate. UCI President David Lappartient, who is visiting Fyn for the second time in six months, has announced his participation.

UEC president, Enrico Della Casa, looks forward to giving the participants a genuine on-site experience after several attempts to host the event which initially resulted in an online version last year.
-I have been in Odense three times now as preparation for the UEC-congress and I have experienced the local host’s strong dedication in making things work even during the difficult circumstances the pandemic has given us. We are so happy to finally being able to gather here and I am looking forward to hosting my first congress as a president, while all delegates have the opportunity to experience a little more of Bike Island Fyn – among other things the inspiring velodrome, says UEC president Enrico Della Casa.

A visit to the Velodrome ”Thorvald Ellegaard Arena” will display an economically sustainable solution which has also proved its effect on the local cycling. The velodrome, in particular, has been the subject of great interest within the cycling world. No less than 7000 Odense school students are annually through cycling school in Thorvald Ellegaard Arena. It helps to create a basis for a massive talent development in the local club, Cycling Odense.

The Danish Cycling Federation is looking forward to sharing the experiences with the velodrome and welcoming the many foreign colleagues:
-It is a great pleasure that we can restart the work of the Congress. The Covid-19 pandemic has not made things more accessible, so now I am both happy and excited to see friends, colleagues, and delegates here in the fantastic setting in Odense, says president of the Danish Cycling Federation, Henrik Jess Jensen, who is also vice-chairman of UEC.

The pleasure of hosting is shared by Destination Fyn:
It is generally essential for our us to put Fyn on the world map as a cycling destination. In collaboration with Sport Event Denmark, and the Danish Cycling Federation, we host this UEC congress. UEC has the rights to many events, which could be of interest for Fyn. With the hosting of the Congress, we demonstrate our ability to create a synergy between sporting events, business and tourism. Fyn and Denmark are in the international spotlight when it comes to cycling, says event manager at Destination Fyn Jakob Staun.

Sport Event Denmark also sees the Congress as a showcase for Denmark as a cycling event nation and cycling destination. The Year of Cycling in Denmark is a great display window for the various cycling activities over the summer:
-When the participants from about 50 different nations are on Fyn, we, together with Destination Fyn, and the Danish Cycling Federation, have good opportunities to focus on how cycling shapes the summer of 2022 in Denmark. The Grand Départof Tour de France and the sold-out mass participation cycling race Tour de Storebælt pass the Bike Island of Fyn, says Lars Lundov, CEO, Sport Event Denmark.


Denmark to Host First IWWF 2-Tower Cable Wakeboard World Cup

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Aarhus, Denmark will host the first IWWF 2-Tower Cable Wakeboard World Cup from 2nd to 4th September 2022. The event will take place as part of the Urban Sports Festival Aarhus 2022 (USFA) in Denmark.

The IWWF 2-Tower World Cup in Aarhus will be organized by the Aarhus Municipality in collaboration with Sport Event Denmark, Aarhus Watersports Complex, Danish Waterski and Wakeboard Federation and the international partners of the FISE / Hurricane Group and the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF).

The event, to be held on a two-tower cable park at the Aarhus Watersports Complex marks an important first step in an ambitious goal of creating a festival in Aarhus, the Urban Sports Festival Aarhus, which will include a wide range of exciting urban sports.

“In recent years, the Danish Water Skiing & Wakeboard Association has made a strategic investment in wakeboarding. Aarhus Watersports Complex is a result of this investment, and based on this has made a very large effort and built a solid club and a good environment around wakeboarding. We have generally experienced a steadily increasing interest in wakeboarding and water skiing over the past 10 years, and the interest in these sports is really great in Aarhus. Hosting a major international wakeboarding event can potentially draw even more people interested in this exciting sport, and we are naturally proud of that.”
– Morten Froulund, Deputy Chairman, Danish Water Skiing & Wakeboard Association

“Wakeboarding is one of the sports that is working on joining the Olympic program just like other street sports. In Sport Event Denmark we also look at the possible Olympic sports of the future with great interest, and therefore we look forward in collaboration with Aarhus and the Danish Water Ski & Wakeboard Association to organising a World Cup event in wakeboarding this summer.”
– Lars Lundov, director, Sport Event Denmark

“I am extremely proud that we have attracted a World Cup wakeboarding event to the city. It is great with an international stamp of approval on the facilities that Aarhus Watersports Complex offers. I hope that with the event we can attract a new, diverse audience and thus achieve an even greater local connection to the sport.”
– Kenneth Enggaard Kristensen, chairman of Aarhus Watersports Complex

“Aarhus is known around the world as an event city of international class, among other things from a number of successful water sports events. I am pleased that the collaboration with Sport Event Denmark and the Danish Water Skiing & Wakeboard Association means that Aarhus is once again hosting an exciting international event with a high sporting level, which will definitely impress and delight audiences of all ages.”
– Rabih Azad-Ahmad, Mayor of Sport, Culture and Citizen Services, City of Aarhus

“We are delighted to learn that Aarhus, Denmark, will host the first IWWF 2-Tower Cable Wakeboard World Cup stop. The city of Aarhus has an excellent reputation for hosting international water sports events. We look forward to a great first IWWF 2-Tower Cable Wakeboard World Cup stop and many more to follow.”
– Jose Antonio Perez Priego, IWWF President

“At Hurricane, we are very excited that part of the ‘IWWF 2-Tower World Cup will take place in Aarhus. Given the city’s reputation as an event city, we are convinced that it will be a success. For me personally, this World Cup is a dream come true. I am very passionate about wakeboarding and I am sure that the variant with two towers is the perfect format to ensure the growth of the sport, especially within the Olympic Movement.”
– Hervé Andre-Benoit, CEO Hurricane Group


Danish Tour-cities receive the Grand Départ Trophy in Paris

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The Danish Grand Départ cities had a special role during today’s victory ceremony of the 108th version of the Tour de France. After the race finish on Champs-Élysées the Danish Tour cities received the Grand Départ trophy. The ceremony marks that the next start of the Tour de France will be Grand Départ Copenhagen Denmark, which features three stages across Denmark in 2022.

After the winners of this year’s Tour de France were celebrated on the podium on Champs-Élysées, the Chairman of Grand Départ Copenhagen Denmark, Lars Weiss, received the Grand Depart Trophy from Région Bretagne and race director Christian Prudhomme on the podium.

“Next time the world’s largest cycling race starts – it will be in Denmark. It is so amazing! From now on the many millions of tour fans, will look to Denmark for the next Tourstart. I cannot wait to show our cycling country in 2022 – it will be a celebration for all of Denmark and for cycling fans all over the world”, says Lars Weiss, Chairman of the Board of Grand Départ Copenhagen Denmark and Lord Mayor of Copenhagen.

It’s a perfect match: Next year, one of the world’s greatest cycling nations welcomes the world’s greatest cycling race. Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, hosts The Grand Depart along with four other Danish cities. Cycling is a part of the Danish DNA, and Copenhagen has been named the best cycling city in the world. Therefore, Denmark is guaranteed to deliver a truly unique setting for the start of the Tour de France in 2022.

A Danish delegation participated in the trophy ceremony, which in addition to Lars Weiss, also included mayors and representatives from the other Danish tour-cities as well as the Danish Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs.

From the fall of 2021 the Grand Départ trophy will be biked around Denmark in a yellow cargo bike. The trophy will visit the Danish Tour de France-cities, where it will be exhibited as part of a Tour de France-exhibition. First stop will be in Sønderborg on the 17th of August 2021.





Badminton World Federation (BWF) and Badminton Denmark can confirm the TOTAL BWF Thomas and Uber Cup Finals 2020 in Aarhus, Denmark has new dates of 3-11 October 2020.

Following the Danish Government’s decision on 6 April to extend a ban on “larger gatherings” in Denmark until the end of August, both parties agreed that it was no longer feasible to stage the championships on the rescheduled dates of 15-23 August.

BWF in consultation and consensus with Badminton Denmark, tournament organisers, Sport Event Denmark and the local Aarhus government therefore concluded that a move to October was the best solution.

BWF Secretary General Thomas Lund said: “Our main priority is the health, safety and wellbeing of athletes, staff, volunteers, judges and the entire badminton community.

“We listened to the advice of the World Health Organisation (WHO), various health experts, local authorities and the Danish Government and it became clear that hosting a big event like the TOTAL BWF Thomas and Uber Cup Finals before September would be difficult.

“We are confident that we can stage a safe and successful championships on the new dates of 3-11 October while all the time monitoring the situation closely should things change again.”

Badminton Denmark CEO Bo Jensen added: “Of course, it is sad for us to change the dates again. However, our immediate concern is with the safety of all involved in this very uncertain time. Therefore, it is a victory for Denmark still to be the first country outside of Asia to host the TOTAL BWF Thomas and Uber Cup Finals. We are looking forward to welcoming fans, players, volunteers, umpires, and staff members in the most safe way possible.”

Solutions for the BWF AGM 2020 and Members’ Forum are also being considered. Both events are key highlights on the BWF calendar and were due to take place in Aarhus during the week of the TOTAL BWF Thomas and Uber Cup Finals 2020.

Our thoughts remain with everyone affected by this global pandemic and we encourage people to stay home and stay safe.


Five great days with 3-Cushion at the World Championship in Denmark


The music and theater house, Vaerket, formed an epic backdrop for the 3-Cushion World Championship, and the spectators added an intense atmosphere when the world’s best billiard players met in Randers, Denmark.

To the sound of ‘Eye of the Tiger,’ the 48 players from 23 nations were presented in smoke and steam for the opening ceremony on Tuesday last week. The five world championship days in Randers offered world-class billiard with an exceptional atmosphere where sports, history, and cultural life meet.

– With this World Championship, we had a great collaboration with Randers Event Secretariat and Sport Event Denmark. Randers has always been very active in billiard and has produced several great players. Last week, our many volunteers and we organized world-class 3-Cushion and thus promoted the sport to the Danes, and Denmark to the World of Billiard, says Torsten Danielsson, president of The Danish Billiard Federation, DDBU.

In Randers, too, there is great satisfaction with the event, which, in addition to attracting many spectators, also was broadcasted every day on TV.

– The World Championship 3-Cushion has once again put Randers on the map. We did it in 2002 and again this week. The event was great. It was amazing to experience such great players. Thanks to all the participants and players. It was also a pleasure to help showcase that a small sport is just as viable as major sports, says Torben Hansen, mayor, Randers.

The strategy of the Municipality of Randers is to attract and stage international sporting events in collaboration with Sport Event Denmark and federations like DDBU.

For Sport Event Denmark, the event is an excellent example of the fact that even smaller sports in Denmark can do big things.

– Billiard in Denmark has fewer members and less attention than the big federations. Despite this fact, the World Championship 3-Cushion was staged in exiting settings and with great success. The Danish federation and Randers – in collaboration with Sport Event Denmark – delivered. We will transfer the experience gained for future events, says Lars Lundov, director of Sport Event Denmark.

Editor’s Note

World Championship 3-cusion was staged in Randers, Denmark from the 26-30. November 2019. 48 players from 23 nations participated. The Danish Billiard Federation in collaboration with Randers Event Secretariat and Sport Event Denmark staged the event.

World Champion: Torbjørn Blomdahl, Sweden

Number of volunteers: 40


New report – Hempel Sailing World Championships delivers significant local and global impact

Hempel Sailing World Championships delivers significant local and global impact, setting a new standard for sustainable international events


The Hempel Sailing World Championships Aarhus 2018 in Denmark delivered a significant direct economic and global media impact according to the Sportcal Global Sports Impact (GSI) Event Study published today.

Held from 30 July through to 12 August 2018, the event was the largest, most successful and sustainable Sailing World Championships in history with a cumulative attendance of 400,000 spectators of which 151,414 were unique. As a result of this, the event delivered a three-fold return in direct economic impact (DKK 149.83 million ($22.94m USD)) to the local economy.

According to Sportcal’s GSI ranking of World Championships in summer Olympic sports and disciplines, which looked at a total of 30 events from 2017 and 2018, the Hempel Sailing World Championships Aarhus 2018 ranked fourth out of 25 events in attendance and fourth out of 30 in the number of athletes competing.

Sportcal undertook detailed analysis across eight pillars of impact, as established by the GSI methodology. These comprise: Economic, Tourism, Media, Social Media, Sponsorship, Sporting, Social and Sustainability.

Click here to view the Hempel Sailing World Championships Aarhus 2018 GSI Event Study.

Sustainability was a key element of the Championships and Aarhus 2018 partnered with Worldperfect to deliver an integrated sustainability plan, based on World Sailing’s Sustainability Agenda 2030.

The Maritime Festival was an important touchpoint to showcase sustainability measures and 95% of the visitors stated that the waste sorting initiatives were positive. In total, 5 tonnes of food was converted into 7.5 tonnes of biogas and 52% of all waste from the event was recycled.

All trams and buses were free for all athletes, spectators and officials during the Championships period and the bikes provided by the city to personnel at the event cycled more than 15,000km in total.

Commenting on the sustainability measures during the event, IOC President Thomas Bach said, “I think it’s remarkable that World Sailing, Aarhus and Denmark have built programmes with regard to sustainability. This is a benchmark project for these kind of World Championships.”

Worldwide, 75 broadcasters showed live, delayed or highlights coverage of the event in 198 nations and territories. A unique audience of 15.67 million watched more than 7.55 million hours of television coverage worldwide. In Denmark alone, 30 hours of the event were broadcast live on the domestic broadcaster, DR.

The presentation of the championship across broadcast and digital properties was complemented by SAP’s Sailing Analytics. Live data and insights on each competitor, competition status and live weather information was publicly available on SAP’s platform and was seamlessly incorporated into the live broadcast to explain how races were won and lost throughout the competition. This, with the addition of drones and helicopters, ensured the broadcast presentation of the sport reached new heights.

In total, 1,247 sailors from 84 nations were represented across the ten Olympic Events as well as Men’s and Women’s Kiteboarding; the highest since the events inception in 2003.

The event was supported by 25 partners including three main sponsors, one of which was Hempel who were recently announced as World Sailing’s Official Coatings Partner as a result of the successful collaboration during Aarhus. In addition there were 15 official partners and seven institutional partners.

A significant legacy of the event is the International Sailing Centre and training of race officials and volunteers, with over 100 organisations involved in the planning and delivery of the event. The Sailing Centre will allow the city of Aarhus to host future major sailing and maritime events with skilled personnel available to deliver on the requirements. Furthermore, there has been a greater uptake in membership of maritime clubs and organisations in the city as a result of the championships.

Kim Andersen, President of World Sailing, said, “The Hempel Sailing World Championships Aarhus 2018 was the most successful to date. The results generated across the eight pillars of impact are truly encouraging and highlight that the investments of our valued partners – Hempel, Sport Event Denmark and Aarhus Events – has truly paid off.

“Spectator and athlete participation numbers were outstanding and the comparisons against other sports provided within the GSI Report show that sailing is a global leader within the sports community.”

Lars Lundov, CEO of Sport Event Denmark, commented, ”Denmark had high expectations for the Hempel Sailing World Championships last summer in Aarhus, the City of Sails. With the event study by Sportcal we can now add some great details to the event; sailors competed across all ten Olympic sailing events as well as kiteboarding representing 84 nations. Crowds of spectators gathered on the stands and the event got an impressive media coverage.”

Rabih Azad-Ahmad, Cultural Mayor, The City of Aarhus, added, “I am both very happy and proud that the Hempel Sailing World Championships Aarhus 2018 received such great feedback. From day one it was our goal to create a huge event which would be a game changer for the sport of sailing. We were determined to attract ordinary people with no previous interest in sailing and involve the city and the civil community while having focus on vital values such as sustainability.

“Obviously, the appraisal is a huge recognition of the great effort Aarhus and the Danish sailing community have put into the event and as a city, Aarhus will use the experiences in new major international events to come.”

Editors’ notes:

About World Sailing

World Sailing is the world governing body for the sport of sailing, officially recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).

Founded in 1907, World Sailing’s vision is for a world in which millions more people fall in love with sailing; inspired by the unique relationship between sport, technology and the forces of nature; we all work to protect the waters of the world.

World Sailing is made up of 144 Member National Authorities, the national governing bodies for sailing around the world and 117 World Sailing Class Associations.

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