Saturday, September 12, 2015

List of Nominees for the 2015 Sport Industry Awards

Left to right (unveiling the SPIA Asia trophy)
Mark Jan Kar, Director of Sport360
Farid Schoucair, General Manager of the New World Makati Hotel 
Atty. Guillermo Iroy Jr., Executive Director of the Philippine Sports Commission
Steve Hontiveros, Secretary General of Philippine Olympic Committee
Eric Gottschalk, CEO of MMC Sportz

SPIA Asia Announces the Awards Shortlist Finalists

A host of the region’s leading rights holders, marketing agencies, sports brands,
events, organizations, and venue operators were revealed as the finalists
shortlisted for the inaugural SPIA Asia - Sports Industry Awards & Conference
2015 organized by MMC Sportz and Sport360 under the sanction of the
Philippines Sports Commission and the Philippine Olympic Committee.
Atty. Guillermo Iroy Jr., Executive Director of the Philippine Sports Commission
commented during the press conference that ”SPIA will help elevate the
awareness in the sport industry and recognize their contributions to the
development of sports. 

The PSC is very thankful for bringing SPIA to the
Philippines when its organizers could have brought it to another SEA country
instead. This will be the first time the Philippines hold this kind of event. I would
like to extend our thanks and congratulations to the organizers.”

Recognizing achievements in 10 individual categories, both professional and
community focused, a total of 168 entries were registered from 10 South East
Asian countries including the Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand,
Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Laos, Brunei and Hong Kong.

Established by Sport360 in the Middle East in 2012, the Sports Industry Awards
have become the benchmark for celebrating the achievements of the leaders,
decision makers, organizations and facilities that have contributed to the
development of sport.

Following the success in the Middle East, SPIA Asia will now become the official
awards celebration for the region with a focus on the 12 countries within SE Asia.
“Bringing SPIA to the Philippines is a great endeavor. The sport industry plays a
major role in the development of our sports here in the Philippines, and through
SPIA, the efforts of the National Federations will be recognized for their
contribution. On behalf of the POC, we would like to congratulate the organizers
and are proud to host such an event in the Philippines for the first time”, says Mr.
Stephen Hontiveros, Secretary General of Philippine Olympic Committee.

"The Sports Industry Awards are a unique and powerful platform to reflect,
showcase and reward the ambitions and achievements of the sports industry in
the region," said Didier Brun, Publisher & Deputy CEO of Sport360, the world’s
only daily English sports newspaper and co-organizer of the SPIA Asia. "The
growth and success of the sports industry in Asia is well documented now and it
contributes massively to enhancing the overall lifestyle and experience of the
many fans of the game living here, as well as to the overall economic and tourism
development. We are very excited to now also present the Sports Industry
Awards in Asia."

"One of the objectives of bringing SPIA Asia to the Philippines is to highlight the
tremendous developments within sports which are currently taking place in the
Philippines and which might not be known to many outside of the country, "said
Eric Gottschalk, CEO of MMC Sportz. “The awards and conference are the perfect
networking opportunity for the industry in a new and developing market and we
are happy to have received the support of the local governing bodies for our

“Credibility is key to the awards – therefore each shortlisted submission will go
through a rigid and transparent judging process, overseen by a judging panel of
16 of the region’s industry experts, and facilitated by international auditors with
the winners of the inaugural SPIA Asia announced at a black-tie gala dinner at the
New World Makati Hotel in Manila on Friday 2 October, added Gottschalk.
With 5 star facilities in a central location near Manila’s major shopping centers at
its disposal, the New World Makati Hotel was announced the host venue for the
gala event. “We believe this event will become the summit for sport industry
influencers and facilitators in the region. We are delighted that Manila and in
particular the New World Makati Hotel has been selected to host the inaugural
2015 event.” Mr. Farid Schoucair, General Manager of the New World Makati
Hotel concludes.

SPIA Asia is organized by MMC Sportz and Sport 360 in partnership with the
Philippines Sport Commission and the Philippines Olympic Committee and
supported by New World Makati Hotel, Philippine Airlines, Fox Sports,
International New York Times, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Global Sports Business
and Asian Sponsorship News.


• Central Park Sports Complex (Cambodia)
• Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club (Hong Kong)
• Mall of Asia Arena (Philippines)
• Philippine Arena (Philippines)
• Philippine Sports Stadium (Philippines)
• Thanyapura (Thailand)
• The Empire (Brunei)
• Saujana Golf & Country Club (Malaysia)


• #mygirls by Adidas & Iprospect (Philippines)
• Color Manila by Brother International (Philippines)
• DC Shoes by Primer Group (Philippines)
• Gilas FIBA World Cup by Smart Communication (Philippines)
• Isang Bayan Para Kay Pacman by ABS-CBN (Philippines)
• KSWISS at the IPTL by KSWISS Global Brands (Hong Kong)
• Manila Mavericks at the ITPL by SM Lifestyle Ent. (Philippines)
• My First LFC Game by Liverpool Football Club (Indonesia)
• One Championship by Group One Holdings (Singapore)
• Philippine Basketball Association (Philippines)
• Puso the Max by Max Restaurants & Carat (Philippines)
• UFC Manila by SM Lifestyle Ent. (Philippines)


• #MyFirstLFCGame by Liverpool Football Club (Indonesia)
• adidas BOOST by Adidas & Iprospect (Philippines)
• A Hawk Run by Lucrativ Group (Malaysia)
• AFF Suzuki Cup by World Sport Group (Singapore/Vietnam)
• Bicycles United by Velotique United (Thailand)
• Bubble Sports (Malaysia)
• Flying Trapeze by Trapeze Inc. (Philippines)
• Formula E (Malaysia)
• Fox Sports Asia by Fox Sports Asia & We are Social (Singapore)
• Philippine Basketball Association (Philippines)
• Roxy by Primer Group (Philippines)
• Standard Chartered Marathon by Spectrum Worldwide (Singapore)


• Cebuana Lhuillier Tennis (Philippines) by PJ Lhuillier Group
• Football For All Vietnam by Football Association Norway (Vietnam)
• National Basketball Training Center (Philippines)
• National Cheerleading Championship (Philippines)
• National Football Development Program by Sportswork (Malaysia)
• NBA Asia (Philippines)
• Nutrition Action Champion by Alaska Milk Corporation (Philippines)
• Philippine Table Tennis Academy (Philippines)
• Queens Park Ranges Coaching Clinic by Air Asia (Malaysia)
• Shaheen Development by Shaheen Sports (Hong Kong)
• Siagon Sports Academy by XLE Group (Vietnam)
• Speedo G-League by Philippine Swimming Inc. (Philippines)
• Sport Cares Foundation (Singapore)
• Head Junior Satellite Circuit by Dynamic Sports Corp (Philippines)
• WTA Future Stars Clinic by Fast Track (Singapore)


• 24Sevens Football Series by AMC Experience (Singapore)
• Cold Storage Kids Run (Singapore) by ESG Endurance Sport Pte
• Chiang Mai International Cricket Sixes (Thailand)
• Cobra Ironman 70.3 Philippines by Sunrise Events (Philippines)
• Football For All Vietnam by Football Association Norway (Vietnam)
• Girls Got Game Camp by Girls Got Game Inc. (Philippines)
• Hanoi Vertical Run by Sporting Republic (Vietnam)
• Hello Kitty Run Singapore by Pink Apple (Philippines)
• Slam Rising Stars Classic by SLAM Philippines (Philippines)
• SM Bowling Millionaires Cup by SM Lifestyle Ent. (Philippines)
• Standard Chartered Marathon by Spectrum Worldwide (Singapore)
• Vietnam University Games by XLE Group (Vietnam)
• WTA Future Stars Tournament by World Sports Group (Singapore)


• AFF Suzuki Cup by WSG (Singapore/Vietnam)
• BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore by WGG (Singapore)
• Cobra Ironman 70.3 Philippines by Sunrise Events (Philippines)
• EurAsia Cup (Malaysia)
• Extreme Sailing Series by OC Sport (Singapore)
• Hong Kong Rugby 7s (Hong Kong)
• IPTL - Manila Mavericks by SM Lifestyle Ent. (Philippines)
• Malaysian Open- Kuala Lumpur by IMG (Malaysia)
• Philippine Basketball Association (Philippines)
• Saigon Heat Games Vietnam by XLE Group (Vietnam)


• Bike Doctors by Primer Group (Philippines)
• Get into Rugby by Philippines Rugby Football Union (Philippines)
• Hope for Change by Michael's Badminton Academy (Malaysia)
• Humanitarian Project by Sunrise Events (Philippines)
• Queens Park Ranges Coaching Clinic by Air Asia (Malaysia)
• Hari Sukan Negara by Sportswork (Malaysia)
• Team Possible by Primer Group (Philippines)
• The AFC Village by Asian Football Confederation (Malaysia)
• The AGW Walk by CFC ANCOP Global Foundation (Philippines)
• Toby's Youth Sports Foundation by Toby’s Sports (Philippines)
• Yuthakun Khom by Selpak (Cambodia)


• Action Sports Asia (Thailand)
• Faber Audio Visual (Singapore & Philippines)
• Golf Citizen (Laos & Thailand)
• Isang Bayan Para Kay Pacman by ABS-CBN (Philippines)
• Passport Asia (Singapore)
• Philippine Basketball Association (Philippines)
• Playpal (Singapore)
• Sports Flow by Samsung (Singapore)


• Asia Pacific WWE (Singapore)
• Chris Sports (Philippines)
• Columbia Sportswear (Philippines)
• Decathlon (Singapore)
• NBA (Philippines)
• Recreational Outdoor Exchange (Philippines)
• SuperSports (Thailand)
• The Athletes Foot (Indonesia)


• Gymnastic Association of the Philippines (Philippines)
• Hong Kong Ultra Marathon Association Limited (Hong Kong)
• Pertubuhan Seni Gayung Fatani (Malaysia)
• Primer Group – DC (Philippines)
• Sporting Republic (Singapore)
• Sunrise Events (Philippines)
• Wrestling Association of the Philippines (Philippines)
• XLE Group (Vietnam)