POSTED: December 15th 2013

Bach works on his 2020 reforms in Montreux with the Executive Board

The IOC Executive Board in Montreux with President Thomas BAch (center) / IOC
The IOC Executive Board in Montreux with President Thomas BAch (center) / IOC

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The International Olympic Committee Executive Committee finished a four-day seminar in Montreux Saturday, where IOC President Thomas Bach led discussions based on issues relevant to the Olympic Movement’s future.

Ideas were formed for the Olympic Agenda 2020, which should be finalised by the end of next year. They will be discussed extensively at the full IOC Session in Sochi before being present as concrete proposals later in 2014.

During his campaign, Bach called for the seminar and focused on themes outlined in his electoral programme. Ideas and comments from the other five presidential candidates were discussed at the seminar following discussions with Bach in September and October.

The five main themes of the seminar were The Uniqueness of the Games, Athletes at the Heart of the Olympic Movement, Olympism in Action, The IOC’s Role, and the Structure and Organisation of the IOC. Decisions stemming from the discussions indicate the broad agreement on the future strategic direction of the International Olympic Committee.

An initial budget of $10 million will be invested in new research for anti-doping, while the IOC wants world governments of the World Anti-Doping Agency to match the initial amount. The IOC also approved an Olympic Movement monitoring tool to help fight betting in sports. The “Integrity Betting, Intelligence System” will distribute information and research from International Federations. The IOC announced it would sign a memorandum of understanding with Interpol in 2014.

The Executive Board put in effect two decisions in regards to the sustainability of the Olympic Games; it will establish “a working group on cost management for the Olympic Games to facilitate further discussions” and “encourage the cities with bids already underway for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games to make the broadest possible use of temporary and/or dismountable facilities.”

Sport Climbing, Roller Sports, Skateboarding and Wushu will be trialed at the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games in 2014 for future consideration of inclusion in the Olympic Programme.

More concrete recommendations will be discussed by representatives of Olympic stakeholders at the 126th IOC Session in Sochi, and the Olympic Agenda 2020 will be presented for final approval to an IOC Extraordinary Session 6-7 Dec. 2014 in Monaco.

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