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Søndag d. 12. maj 2013

By Þorkell Gunnar Sigurbjörnsson, AIPS Young Reporter, Iceland

COPENHAGEN, May 8, 2013 - Sports journalists in Northern Europe meet every two years
for a Nordic Congress. The first Nordic congress was held in 1954.

This year Denmark was the host and they decided to have the congress in Copenhagen, the capital city of Denmark. We came four from Iceland and Norway sent four journalists, Sweden four and Finland three. Gianni Merlo the AIPS president came also, as guest.

We met on Monday 6 May at 1100 hrs. First we took a short stroll to JP/Politikens Hus where the congress began with a presentation and a short going through of the programme. Right after that we went to Viasat for a short tour and a light lunch followed by a meeting with Head of Sports Peter Nørrelund, who gave us an account of the dramatic development at Viasat which holds most of the transmission rights. He told us about setup, rights and long term strategy.

We went to JP/Politikens Hus again to meet Carlsberg's Head of Sponsoring, Peter Giacomelli, who told us about the brewery's sports sponsorships. The topic is of current interest, as Carlsberg in connection with the European Championships is about to close a deal worth 450 million Danish kroner with UEFA, The Union of European Football Associations. Later on former top handball player Camilla Andersen gave us an account of the challenges she faces in her current job as a managing director of a travel agency. We ended the evening at the city's oldest restaurant, Det Lille Apotek.

Tuesday morning at 0900 hrs. we left the Hotel for a guided tour of the Copenhagen Town Hall, where we will got served the famous traditional town hall pancakes before meeting with Lord Mayor Frank Jensen who is also the chairman of Team Danmark.

In that function he talked about Team Danmark and the efforts to win more medals for Denmark at the Olympics. Shortly before lunch we head for Dansk Boldspil-Union (DBU), the Danish Football Association, for a short tour and lunch. After lunch DBU and a Betfair representative from its London head office discussed match fixing.

The more active part of the congress consisted of the Nordic Floorball Championship. At Valbyhallen Per Stærke from the Danish Floorball Association gave us a short introduction to the rules - and then the game was on! Norway won the tournament. Henrik Oden from Verdens Gang, Gunnar Grindstein from NRK and Reidar Sollie from Dagsavisen were in the Norwegian floorball team. Denmark came second and Sweden won the bronze medal match against Iceland.

We returned to our hotel after the floorball tournament and prepared for the farewell dinner in the Tivoli Gardens.

Wednesday morning's conference is being held and afterwards we go back to our homes. So that is what the Nordic Sports journalists congress is like. Finland will host the next congress in 2015.