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SPIA Asia 2019 event links with 30th Southeast Asian Games in Manila

SPIA Asia 2019 event links with 30th Southeast Asian Games in Manila
November 12, 2019

Asia's leading sports organisations and brands have engaged with 2019 SPIA Asia - Asia's Sports Industry Awards - with organisers confirming more than 450 award submissions from 47 nations for the region's premier sports industry awards in the 16 Asian awards categories.

Organised by MMC Sportz Marketing, the fifth SPIA Asia 2019 is part of the sports - cultural program of the 30th SEA Games and is presented by the Tourism Promotions Board Philippines. Its main objective is always to recognise and celebrate the achievements of the ever-growing Asian sports industry and to support Pan-Asia industry growth and best practices.

Open for governing bodies, federations, sports brands, agencies, marketers and other sports organisations from 47 countries across Asia, those shortlisted will be judged on 2nd December 2019 by a panel of over 35 industry experts and the winners announced at a lavish gala dinner ceremony on 3rd December 2019 at the Grand Hyatt Manila.

SPIA Asia presented its 2019 program officially at this week’s third ‘Chef De Mission’ meeting of the 30th South East Asian Games to the representatives of the 11 SEA Games participating National Olympic Committees.

Chaired by Ramon Suzara, Chief Operating Officer of the Philippines Local South East Asian Games Organizing Committee and William Ramirez, Chef De Mission Philippines and Chairman of the Philippines Sport Commission, the presentation included the official invitation for all 11 SEA Games National Olympic Committees and its delegations to attend the sports conference and awards gala. Some 11,000 athletes and officials will arrive from 30th November in the Philippines to compete in 57 sports in the 30th South East Asian Games.

Commenting on the Award nominees, Eric M. Gottschalk, Chief Executive of SPIA Asia organiser MMC Sportz Marketing, stated “the high calibre of submissions for 2019 has been overwhelming. Each year we see an increase in quality and quantity of award entries, and this year is without a doubt the best yet.

“We have received again a staggering 450+ submissions, among which the Asian powerhouses such as the Rugby World Cup, FIBA World Cup, Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix, AFF Suzuki Cup and the Special Olympics in Abu Dhabi made the 2019 shortlist.”

For the first time SPIA Asia will also feature the newly introduced categories of ‘Best Sportsman’, ‘Best Sportswoman’ and ‘Best Sports Team’ in Asia awards.

As Gottschalk advises “Asia has produced some incredible performances in 2019 on the international level and it was incredibly hard to produce a ‘SPIA Asia Top 10’ shortlist which is currently voted on by an expert panel of 100 industry experts from brands, rightsholders, agencies, federations and governing bodies.

SPIA Asia also announced its partnership with Mass Participation World, the foremost industry platform for the mass participation sports around running, cycling swimming, triathlon and obstacle course racing.

Mass Participation World co-founder and Chief Executive Chris Robb, who has been a keen supporter of SPIA Asia, will jointly announce and recognise the winners of the ‘Best Mass Participation Event’ category and present them also as ‘Asia’s Best’ at the Mass Participation World awards announcement on 3 December 2019.

SPIA Asia Sports Business Conference 
The 5th edition of the Sports Business Conference will be attended by over 600 delegates and features more than 60 international speakers across five main conference topics: sport and tourism; sport and business; sport and technology; the business of football and integrity, inclusion, diversity and tolerance in sport.

3rd December 2019 will also mark the announcement of the Asian Sponsorship & Events Association which will fill a tremendous need for the industry in education, best practices, networks and recognition. Top global brands are already committed attend including of Allianz, AON, Rakuten, Twitter, Air Asia, Visa, Puma, HH and many more.

SPIA Asia 2019 culminates with the black-tie Awards Gala Dinner on 3rd December 2019 which brings together the industry's movers-and-shakers, from global agencies, governing bodies, international sports federations, global and Asian brands, event organisers and industry suppliers. Over 500 VIP guests will attend the awarding of the gold, silver and bronze awards of the top performers from 47 countries in the 25 award categories.

Organised by MMC Sportz, SPIA Asia is endorsed by PHILSGOC, the local organising committee of the 30th South East Asian Games, the Tourism Promotions Board Philippines and supported by the following entities which have pledged their partnership support to SPIA Asia 2019: LaLiga, Allianz, YouGov Sport, HANZZ+HEIDII, Kooora , Sport Business, SRI, Esports Insider, Grand Hyatt Manila, Asian Replica, F1 Race Simulators, Color Manila and sponsorship marketing support from Paul Poole (South East Asia) Co. Ltd.

Click here for details of SPIA Asia 2019 in the Australasian Leisure Management industry Calendar. 

Image: SPIA Asia presented its 2019 program officially at this week's third Chef De Mission meeting of the 30th South East Asian Games to the representatives of the 11 SEA Games participating National Olympic Committees. Courtesy of MMC Sportz Marketing/SPIA.

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