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EU Sport Forum 2023

The EU Sport Forum took place on 2 and 3 May 2023 in Stockholm, Sweden.

2 - 3 May 2023
Stockholm, Sweden

The EU Sport Forum took place as a physical event on 2 and 3 May 2023 in Stockholm, Sweden.

This year’s Forum looked into some of the most topical issues in the sport sector, with a particular focus on integrity, good governance and gender equality. The Forum also addressed the sustainability of major sporting events, the importance of sport for physical and mental health, as well as how to best support athletes in the development of skills and qualifications during and after their sport careers.

The award ceremony for the #BeInclusive EU Sport Awards also took place during the event.

Event programme

Event venue: Elite Hotel Marina Tower

Master of ceremony: Paulina Modlitba

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Moderator: Wanda Wendel-Vos, Senior Researcher on Sport, Physical Activity and Health at the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment - Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport


  • Antti Blom, Programme Director at the National Agency for Education & LIKES Research Centre for Physical Activity and Health, Finland
  • Aurelie Van Hoye, Associate Professor, University of Limerick, and co-lead of the HEPA working group on sport clubs for health
  • Peter Gelius, Research Associate, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • Tadhg McIntyre, Associate Professor, Maynooth University

Moderator: Peter Fischer, Policy Officer, Sport Unit, DG EAC, European Commission


  • Annegret Korff, Head of Unit, Directorate-General Sports, Ministry of the Interior and Community, Germany
  • Carmen Pérez González, Professor at University Carlos III, Madrid
  • Hans von Uthmann, Executive Board Member, Swedish Olympic Committee
  • Mark Cutajar, Head of SportMalta

Moderator: Ignazio Cocchiere, Policy Officer, Sport Unit, DG EAC, European Commission


  • Claudia Bokel, former member of High-Level Group on Gender Equality in Sport and former Chair of the IOC Athletes’ Commission
  • Laurent Petrynka, President of the International School Sport Federation
  • Saga Fredriksson, Football player at Malmo FF
  • Sergio Lara-Bercial, Vice President of the International Council for Coaching Excellence and Sport Coaching Europe

Moderator: Martino Corazza, President of International Mixed Ability Sport


  • Åsa Llinares Norlin, President of ParaSport Sweden and Vice-President of the European Paralympic Committee
  • Elias Mastoras, Winner of #BeActive Local Hero Award 2022, Chair of IBSA Blind Football and Founder of “A Ball for All”
  • Hayley Fitzgerald, Professor at Leeds Beckett University
  • Tomáš Fíbek, Senior Officer, National Sports Agency, Czech Republic

Moderator: Floor van Houdt, Head of the Sport Unit, DG EAC, European Commission

Interactive session facilitated by KEA European Affairs and introduced by Sport Ireland (Benny Cullen, Director of Research and Innovation, and Dearbhla Jordan, Research and Evaluation Officer)

Interactive session with National Coordinating Bodies and official Partners of the European Week of Sport

Moderator: Cédric Van Branteghem, Belgian Olympic and Interfederal Committee


  • Emma Terho, Chair of the IOC Athletes’ Commission
  • Giovanni Di Cola, Special Advisor to the Deputy Director General for Field Operations and Partnerships, International Labour Organisation
  • Irena Guidikova, Head of the Children’s Rights and Sport Values Department, Council of Europe
  • Paulina Tomczyk, General Secretary of EU Athletes

Interactive session with participants from the HealthyLifestyle4All Youth Ideas Labs