LONDON (7 July 2021) - The International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation (IBSF) has signed a long-term strategic partnership agreement with IMG to work alongside the organisation on multiple aspects of their business from 2022-2030.
The IBSF and IMG will work jointly on marketing the media and sponsorship rights following the federation’s decision to manage their commercial business in-house. IMG will also provide support and expertise across other areas such as licensing, production, digital, streaming, hospitality and data analytics.
IBSF President, Ivo Ferriani, said: “Following a tender process over the past months we decided to work with IMG as they have shown the same passion and vision for our sports. The sports world faces many challenges going forward and we are happy that we will have IMG as our strategic partner onboard to walk beside us for the next two Olympic cycles.”
Christian Salomon, SVP, IMG, Germany, Austria and Switzerland, said: “Our aim is to support the IBSF and take these great properties to the next level, attract a younger, more modern audience and expand the footprint globally. We plan to help develop the event structure and improve production and content creation so we can increase reach, revenue and brand awareness. This is a very exciting partnership!”
The IBSF has 74 members and conducts almost 200 races on three continents - North America, Europe and Asia – including the World Championships which take place each non-Olympic year. There are seven disciplines: 2- and 4-man Bobsleigh, Women´s Monobob and 2-woman Bobsleigh, men`s and women’s skeleton as well as Para Bobsleigh.
The IBSF World Cup takes place across over at least eight weekends from November – March.
The next World Championship will be held in St. Moritz, Switzerland in 2023.
The “International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation” (IBSF) is the non-governmental organisation administering the sports of Bobsleigh and Skeleton worldwide. The IBSF, originally the Fédération Internationale de Bobsleigh et de Tobogganing (FIBT), was founded in Paris in 1923 and has its headquarter in Lausanne, Switzerland.
The IBSF is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). It is a member of the Association of the International Olympic Wintersports Federations (AIOWF) as well as the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF). It is part of the Olympic Program since the first edition of the Olympic Winter Games Chamonix 1924.
IMG is a global leader in sports, fashion, events and media. The company manages some of the world’s greatest athletes and fashion icons; owns and operates hundreds of live events annually; and is a leading independent producer and distributor of sports and entertainment media. IMG also specializes in licensing, sports training and league development. IMG is a subsidiary of Endeavor, a global entertainment, sports and content company.
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