POSTED: November 17th 2014

IOC Set to reveal 40 recommendations tomorrow for the future of the Olympic Movement

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Finally the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will make public tomorrow the 40 recommendations that have been put forward for the future of the Olympic Movement. Fruit of the Agenda 2020 discussions, these same 40 points will be tabled to the entire IOC Assembly next month at the upcoming extraordinary session in Monaco December 8-9 for final approval.

Areas that are expected to be targeted are changes to the bidding process making it more as an invitation from the IOC and with a focus on reducing the costs.

More flexibility to the Olympic Programme will be studied while maintaining the limitations of athletes, coaches and other support personnel.

And finally, the much anticipated plan of an Olympic TV channel that would allow for the exposure of many minority sports that would not conflict with the rights holders that have paid premium prices for the exclusivity of televising the Games.

There is a lot at stake and expectations are high that there will be some substantial improvements.

IOC President Thomas Bach was so convinced of making a change to the management of the world’s largest sports event that this was a major part of his campaign for president last year.

The IOC executive Board met last month to fine tune the recommendations gathering in Montreaux, Switzerland and President Bach explained, “The 40 detailed recommendations are like individual pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, which when put together give us a clear picture of what the future of the Olympic Movement will look like.” 

Lord Sebastian Coe, former head of the London 2012 Games, summed up the objective in an editorial piece in the Telegraph today saying: “The challenge the IOC laid down for itself covered three fundamental areas of its proposition. How can we be sustainable so more cities in more countries around the world are able to host the Olympic Games? How can we remain credible – the athletes, the organisation, the events? And third, how do we give greater access to Olympic sport to people 365 days a year?”

The final 40 recommendations were carefully selected from some 1,200 ideas coming from 270 direct contributions, including more than 40,000 submissions from members of the public.

Bach also established 14 Working Groups to study and refine the Olympic Agenda 2020 recommendations and the chairs of these individual groups presented their findings to the Executive Board at last month’s meeting.

The working groups were composed of members of the Olympic Movement as well as experts from different walks of life including civil society, the United Nations, Google/YouTube, Transparency International, the Clinton Foundation and the World Bank.

These proposals have also been debated by the IOC commissions, two Olympic Summits and the 126th IOC Session in Sochi.

Keywords · Olympics · IOC · Thomas Bach · Agenda 2020 · Lord Sebastian Coe

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