The Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore, Hong Kong Rugby Sevens, BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore and AFCs “Football For All Vietnam” were among the big winners in the inaugural Sports Industry Awards & Conference (SPIA Asia), partnered by GlobalSportsJobs.cn, our dual-language English/Mandarin Asia platform.
On a glittering gala night in Manila’s New World Makati Hotel, the ‘Who’s Who’ of the Asian sport industry were present as winners were honored in 10 different categories.
The honorary Mr. Jose Cojunanco, President of the Philippines Olympic Committee and the Hon. Ricardo Garcia, Chairman of the Philippines Sports Commission both in attendance welcomed the initiative as extremely valuable for the development in sports not only in the region but also in the Philippines. “We are happy to be able to host such a prestigious event in Manila and to be able to bringing the industry expert together to showcase the developments we have made here in the Philippines not only within basketball and football but also leading up to the 2019 SEA Games hosted in our country”, added Hon. Ricardo Garcia.
SPIA Asia, organized by MMC Sportz and Sport360 and sanctioned by the Philippines Sports Commission and the Philippines Olympic Committee is now set to become an annual event in Asia and will be adding China, Japan and Korea to the list of eligible countries.
168 entries were received from 12 countries, which were up for voting by a panel of judges, comprising sports experts and consultants from various South East Asian leading agencies, brands and governing bodies.
Following the success of the Middle East version of SPIA, the awards were established in recognition of those working behind the scenes to create events that leave an unforgettable impression on fans, or brought about a positive change in the development of sports and the sporting community.
Multiple category winners included Lagardère Sports, Football For All Vietnam, a community programme by Football Association Norway and Asian Football Confederation (AFC), and Standard Chartered Marathon, organized by Spectrum Worldwide.
The 2015 awards gala, which saw a full house of 320 guests attending the function, was preceded by an informative conference – ‘The Business of Sport – South East Asian Sports Industry in the Fast Lane’ – in the morning which was attended by over 150 invited delegates.
The Business of Sports conference brought valuable insights about the sponsorship market, the social media consumption and new technologies used within governing bodies while the Philippines Sports commission and the Philippines Football Federation presented the overview of sports in the Philippines and the launch of the upcoming professional football league.
The GlobalSportsJobs.cn platform was delighted to partner the inaugural Asia SPIAs, which was also supported by the Philipiness Sports Commission and the Philippines Olympic Committee, and sponsored by Singha Corporation, Philippines Airlines, Emperador Distillers, RSportz, New World Makati Hotel, Primer Group of Companies, Dubai Sports City and Azares Glass. Media Partners included the International New York Times, The Phillipine Daily Inquirer, ASN and co-presenter Fox Sports.
For more information please see www.aisaawards.com or contact MMC Sportz at +971 4 429 6040.