POSTED: December 7th 2014
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IOC readies for strategic meeting to vote on Olympic reforms in Monaco

IOC President Thomas Bach met reporters at the conclusion of the Executive Board meetings to prep them for the 127th IOC Session / Ian Jones IOC
IOC President Thomas Bach met reporters at the conclusion of the Executive Board meetings to prep them for the 127th IOC Session / Ian Jones IOC


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

(SFC) Following a brief Executive Board (EB) meeting the International Olympic Committee (IOC) now readies to make decisions on the future of the Olympic Movement as the 127th session opens tonight in Monaco.  

Olympic Agenda 2020 has been named the ‘roadmap of the future’ with 40 recommendations that will be tabled before the entire IOC assembly December 8 and 9 at the Grimaldi Forum in Monte-Carlo. The process to the reforms was started in September 2013 and has undergone a lengthy research and debate process.

Olympic Champion fencer and IOC President, Thomas Bach, met news reporters on the eve of the opening and said, “I feel like an athlete before a final.

“There has been training and preparation for a year, and like an athlete longs for the start of the competition, I look forward to the start of the Session. I feel like the moment has come for the real thing to happen. It is not training anymore, it is decision time.

“Representatives from the Summer and Winter International Federations confirmed their support, as did the Chair of the IOC Athletes’ Commission.

“Approval was also expressed by the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC).

“All, together, are supportive with regard to Olympic Agenda 2020. This makes the Executive Board confident that the Session will approve Olympic Agenda 2020.”

Bach explained how the vote will be carried out, “The chairs of the 14 Working Groups will introduce the topics and recommendations of their respective groups. The recommendations of each Working Group will then be debated.

“The vote will be one by one – each recommendation will be voted on individually.

“If one recommendation requires a change to the Olympic Charter, we would vote again to make the relevant change,” he clarified.

If passed changes would greatly affect the Olympic sports program. Bach said, “It will be the responsibility of a host city to propose the inclusion of one or several new events.

“If we are talking about an event that belongs to a sport which is already on the Olympic programme, the decision on the inclusion will be made by the IOC Executive Board.

“If the event belongs to a sport that is not featured in the programme, then the decision will fall under the remit of the Session. The purpose of the exercise is to allow host cities to reflect even more on their sports culture.

“There is no ‘one size fits all’ solution. The idea is to give more flexibility to cities and allow more creativity.”

The recommendations also could allow for venue changes at the already decided host cities, Bach explained, “We are discussing with the respective organizing committees on what Olympic Agenda 2020 means for them. Venue changes will of course be discussed especially if they lead to more sustainability and less expense.”

Further revamps if passed will affect the Olympic bidding process and the President said, “Yes, the timeline for 2024 has been approved by the IOC Executive Board.

“The invitation phase that we want to introduce into the process will be discussed as part of Olympic Agenda 2020 during the Session and, if approved, this invitation phase will precede the two other phases approved yesterday.”

Just a few days prior to the meetings in Monaco doping allegations emerged in Russia and Bach commented, “These are serious allegations which are currently in the hands of the IAAF Ethics Commission.

“Given the seriousness of the allegations it is the responsibility of the IOC to respect the rules of law and the right of defense so we will not interfere nor comment on an ongoing procedure.

“We have asked to be informed of all the results that might affect people under the remit of the IOC and here I am not only talking about the athletes but also their entourage.”

Tonight the opening of the session takes place at the Grimaldi Forum and tomorrow morning the IOC adjourns in their special meeting room to vote their future.  


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