POSTED: December 8th 2014
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IOC: Olympic Agenda 2020 Receives Global Support in Monaco


MARISSA FLANDERS / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Olympic Agenda 2020 is gaining more ground as leading Olympians and representatives of the global sporting movement voice their support. The full IOC membership is discussing and voting on the new strategic road map for the future of the Olympic Movement, at the 127th IOC Session in Monaco, on December 8th and 9th.

Top athletes, from five continents, gave their support, and many were involved in the process of creating the 40 recommendations. These recommendations strongly focus on three main themes of credibility, sustainability, and youth. They are designed to protect the uniqueness of the Olympic Games and bring strength to the role of sport in society.

Support for the Olympic Agenda 2020 recommendations, has received support from all continents, and those throughout the sports world.

The key areas, which the recommendations addressed, were: reducing the costs of bidding, having a more flexible approach to the bidding process, non-discrimination on sexual orientation in the Olympic Charter, launch of an Olympic TV Channel, flexible composition of the sports program, and further strengthening the principles of good governance and ethics to changing demands. At the center of all 40 proposals, are still the athletes, along with the protection of the clean athletes at the heart of the IOC's philosophy.

In addition, the General Assemblies of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC), and also the Executive Board of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF), have given their full support. Not to mention, the Association of International Olympic Winter Federations (AIOWF), voicing their support. The unanimous support of the recommendations was given by the ANOC Executive Council during, last month, during their meeting in Bangkok, Thailand.

During their meeting in November, the ASOIF Council discussed the 40 proposals in great detail. They concluded that Olympic Agenda 2020, "maps out a future for the Olympic Movement that strengthens the role of sport in society." The Councils also urged the IOC Session to support these recommendations to "help maintain the relevance and strength of Olympic sport, as it continues to progress and grow."

Olympic Agenda 2020 discussions were conducted by 14 Working Groups, made up of Olympic movement key stakeholders, which included athletes, IOC members, and representatives of the International Federations and National Olympic Committees. Experts from the civil society were included as part of the open and inclusive process. Those experts included representatives of leading international organizations, business organizations, and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs). Represented organizations were the United Nations, The Clinton Foundation, Transparency International, Google, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, and the World Bank.

The IOC Commissions, an Olympic Summit, and the IOC Executive Board, have developed the ideas further, since their meeting.

**MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog: http://www.thepenshockeyshow.com.



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