The SPIA Asia 2019 sports industry conference and awards has added two former sports stars to its speaker list – Brazilian footballer Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima and American runner Dr Edwin Moses.

Ronaldo, who is currently chairman of LaLiga club Real Valladolid, and Moses, chairman of education at the World Anti-Doping Agency and the founding global chairman of the sports CSR organisation Laureus, will be interviewed onstage during day two of the SPIA Asia Sports Business Conference, next Tuesday, December 3. SPIA Asia said they would discuss “opportunities for the growth and development of sports, as well as its capacity to unite and uphold sports integrity”.

The conference, which takes place on December 2 and 3 at the Grand Hyatt Manila in Bonifacio Global City, Philippines, will have more than 600 delegates and 60 international speakers. Attendees will come from organisations including sports governing bodies, federations, agencies, other rights-holders, and brands. Panel discussion topics will include diversity, tolerance and inclusion in sports; sports sponsorship strategies and activations; opportunities for growth for football and basketball in the Philippines and Asia; technology and sport; and esports.

The SPIA Asia Awards will take place on the evening of Tuesday, December 3. Awards will be made for the best sports industry work in a range of categories. There will also be inaugural awards for on-pitch performances, for the ‘Best Asian Sportsman’, the ‘Best Asian Sportswoman’, and the ‘Best Asian Sports Team of the Year’.

SPIA Asia is organised by Dubai-based advertising and communications agency MMC Sportz. This is the fifth edition of the event – the first was in 2015. This year’s event has been endorsed by Phisgoc, the organising committee of the 30th Southeast Asian Games, which starts this Saturday in the Philippines.

SportBusiness is a partner of SPIA Asia, alongside the Tourism Promotions Board Philippines, LaLiga, Allianz, YouGov Sport, HANZZ+HEIDII, Kooora, SRI, Esports Insider, Grand Hyatt Manila, Asian Replica, F1 Race Simulators, Color Manila and Paul Poole (South East Asia) Co. Ltd.