By Lauren Mattera 

World Sports CongressDecember 22 - The inaugural World Sports Congress (WSC) 2013 has proclaimed to have attracted support from the UK Government, European Commission along with global sporting organisations, including London 2012, for their conference launching next February.

The WSC, run by global summits organiser International Research Networks (IRN), will be focused on sports infrastructure, specifically large scale projects, the challenges these pose and the factors affecting commercial viability.

The congress features a variation of senior level speakers such as prominent sporting organisation London 2012, who helped create a benchmark for stadium and venue infrastructure, along with the next Winter Games' host Sochi 2014 Organising Committee.

Also among those speaking are Esther Nicholls head of major events at UK Sport, Enrique Sanz, secretary general, Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), Ian Hooper, director of sport and special projects at Glasgow Life, insidethegames editor Duncan Mackay, and Magnus Sverdrup, head of project management, Lillehammer 2016 Youth Olympic Games, Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic  Committee and Confederation of Sports.

"Host cities need to ensure that infrastructure is planned for accordingly so that it is sustainable in the long run," said IRN production director, Pooja Samani.

"The support we are receiving for WSC is truly outstanding and highlights the importance of the factors we will be discussing during congress."

The Congress has also attracted support from UK Sport, South Africa Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee, Amsterdam Arena, Transport for London and AS Roma, all of which are set to discuss the challenges of sporting infrastructure projects worldwide.

The WSC, which is taking place in London on February 26 and 27, is also an opportunity for the world's leading solution provides in stadium development to meet with nation institutions and clubs sourcing expertise in these areas, organisers claim.

For a full agenda and list of speakers click here.

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