POSTED: December 5th 2014
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IOC meets in Monaco to shape a new future for the Olympic Games

The Grimaldi Forum is staging the IOC meetings / SFC
The Grimaldi Forum is staging the IOC meetings / SFC

The Executive Board meets Friday and Saturday for a number of updates and to prepare for the Session / IOC Ian Jones
The Executive Board meets Friday and Saturday for a number of updates and to prepare for the Session / IOC Ian Jones

LAURA WALDEN at the Grimaldi Forum in MONACO / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has started meetings in Monte-Carlo to bring on some major changes revising how it manages the Olympic Games and attracts new bidding cities.

IOC Member and head of the Monegasque Olympic Committee, HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, welcomes the leadership of the Olympic Family to the Principality. 

The 127th IOC Session on December 8-9 will vote on the short list of 40 recommendations called Olympic Agenda 2020 that was the backbone of IOC President Thomas Bach’s presidential campaign when he took up the leadership of the organization last September.

This session is destined to make Olympic history as there haven't been as many reforms on the table since the Salt Lake City scandal that closed the door on member visits.

The most impact is directed towards making bidding to host the Games more attractive, the sports roster would change from becoming a sport-based program to an event-based program, an Olympic Channel would make the Games available 24/7/365, and making the Games less costly to host and capitalize on legacy.

Bach based his campaign on making some definite changes to the Olympic Movement and has pushed through the entire process gathering 1,200 ideas coming from 43,500 emails from the various stakeholders within the Movement. These also included organizations and individuals from civil society such as academics, NGOs, business, to name a few.

The largest majority of the submissions came from individuals who counted for 22%, next was NOCs and related organizations at 18%, and then IFs and related organizations at 16%.

Then the IOC President set up 14 working groups to study the information and to fine tune them into 40 recommendations that the 100 plus IOC membership will chose to approve or not. The IOC has had eight major meetings since the process started to refine the recommendations.

On Friday and Saturday the Executive Board will be convening to hear reports from WADA, the various IOC commissions, and the Rio 2016, PyeongChang 2018, Tokyo 2020, Nanjing 2014, Lillehammer 2016, and Buenos Aires 2018 organizing committees.


Keywords · IOC · Olympics · Monaco · Thomas Bach · Prince Albert of Monaco


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