POSTED: June 17th 2014

Olympics: IOC Working Groups meet in Lausanne to discuss changes for Agenda 2020

The headquarters will be a focal point this week with the working groups in town / SFC
The headquarters will be a focal point this week with the working groups in town / SFC

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach is making his mark this week with strategic meetings in the IOC headquarters of the 14 Working Groups he set up about a month ago to study the key recommendations for the future of the Olympic Movement.

The IOC took in recommendations from the Olympic Movement, the world of sport and individual members of the public for innovations as to how to fine tune a number of areas.  

Each of the Working Groups are composed of members of the IOC, NOCS, Ifs, athletes, as well as a number of experts from civil society have also been included, including representatives of leading international organizations, NGOs and business organizations. Even some of the organizations represented are the YouTube, Interpol, the Clinton Foundation and the World Bank.

The IOC asked for contributions via a special email address to collect feedback and they estimated that about half of the recommendations came from the Olympic Movement stakeholders, while about a quarter came from members of the public.

Thousands of emails poured in but some of the most popular themes were: Bidding Procedure; Procedure for Composition of the Olympic Programme; Differentiation of the Olympic Games; Good Governance and Autonomy; Olympism in Action Including Youth Strategy; and IOC Membership.

The 14 Working Groups are:

1. Bidding Procedure

2. Sustainability and Legacy

3. Differentiation of the Olympic Games

4. Procedure for the Composition of the Olympic Programme

5. Olympic Games Management

6. Protecting Clean Athletes

7. Olympic TV Channel

8. Olympism in Action Including Youth Strategy

9. Youth Olympic Games

10. Culture Policy

11. Good Governance and Autonomy

12. Ethics

13. Strategic Review of Sponsorship, Licensing and Merchandising

14. IOC Membership

The IOC executive Board will have a chance to review the broad outline of the findings following this week long meeting during its next upcoming board meeting in early July. This will also be a key executive board meeting as they will also define the candidate cities of the 2022 Games campaign which includes Almaty, Beijing, Lviv, and Oslo.  

After this, the outline will then be perused at the Olympic Summit later in July which will gather all the key stakeholders of the Olympic Movement.

Then after they work though the findings, the contributions will be passed on to the September IOC Commissions meetings to be discussed and considered then these will be put before the Executive Board meeting in October.

After this lengthy process the final proposals for Agenda 2020 will be put before the entire membership and final approval will take place at the IOC Extraordinary Session in Monaco on 8 and 9 December 2014.

Keywords · IOC · Olympics · Agenda 2020 · Thomas Bach

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