In recognition of a life dedicated to sports management and education, Professor Franco Ascani, President of the Federation Internationale Cinema Television Sportifs (FICTS), will be presented with the United States Sports Academy’s 2015 International Honorary Doctorate at the graduation ceremony in conjuncture of the Academy’s 2015 Awards of Sport program on 5 November, 2015.

Ascani has been President of FICTS since 1996, promoting the values, the Olympism, ethical and cultural function of the Sport Movement through television and motion pictures.

In addition to his experience with FICTS, Ascani is also an active member of the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Culture and Olympic Heritage Commission, the former President of the Union Eupéenne du Sports pour Tous, and the former Vice President of the Fédération Internationale du Sport pour Tous. He has also served as the Director of the Master’s degree “Sport Management Marketing & Society” at Università degli Studi Milano-Bicocca since 2002.

Most recently, Ascani was named Honorary Professor of the Kazan Federal University during a ceremony held at the Ministry of Youth and Sports of the Republic of Tatarstan in Kazan. The event was in conjuncture with the “Kazan Worldwide Final of World FICTS Challenge”, the last of 16 festivals of “World FICTS Challenge”, World Championship of Sports Cinema and Television.

Also a journalist, Ascani has authored several books about sport management and has well over 200 publications on scientific reviews. He is an internationally recognized authority on sports communication who has lectured at the master’s and undergraduate levels in sports law, sports management, sports marketing and the sociology of sport.

Ascani graduated from the University of Milan with a degree in Political Sciences and has a long-term academic and managerial experience in the sport field. Following his graduation, he began concentrating on organization and sport management studies while teaching at Italian and foreign universities.

No stranger to being honored for his dedication to organizations like these, Ascani has been presented with over 30 awards, including the International Olympic Committee Award in 2004.

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