POSTED: March 2nd 2015

Implementation Plan for Olympic Agenda 2020 launched by IOC Executive Board

The IOC Executive Board in Rio de Janeiro / IOC Ian Jones
The IOC Executive Board in Rio de Janeiro / IOC Ian Jones

MARISSA FLANDERS / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Three days of meetings, of the Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), came to an end, by the adoption of an Implementation Plan for Olympic Agenda 2020, which is the strategic roadmap for the Olympic Movement's future.

The Executive Board discussed the implementation, including costs, timelines, and the impact on the structure, of the IOC and human resources of all 40 recommendations, which make up Olympic Agenda 2020. The newly adopted Implementation Plan will focus on 2015 timelines, but also gives milestones beyond 2015. The Implementation of many recommendations started right after the 127th IOC Session in Monaco, which adopted the Olympic Agenda 2020, eight weeks ago.

Starting on January 15th, the new Invitation Phase for the 2024 Games was put in place in the bidding process. Cities interested in bidding are now given an opportunity to see how the Olympic Games fit into their sporting, long-term social, environmental, and economic environment. The Executive Board was informed of numerous potential bidders that have taken advantage of the new phase.

In addition, new allocations have been made to protect the clean athletes, which amount to 20 million USD. Decisions have been made to help fight against doping by funding better research, and looking at the sample taking and testing procedures in a new way. Beginning in April, workshops will be set up by using 2.5 million USD of funding, for the prevention of manipulation, match fixing, and other related corruption, in collaboration with INTERPOL.

Also, an ethics and compliance officer in the IOC administration was established yesterday, by the Executive Board. Meanwhile, the Olympic Channel is well advanced in their organizational structure. Yesterday, the company agreed on the management structure, and it will have a one million CHF share capital. Now, key management positions on the channel will start to be filled.

Discussion of the timeline, and procedure for the composition of the Olympic sports program, was done by the Executive Committee. They focused on the addition of an extra event or events, to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 program, from a recognized International Federation. During its next meeting in June, the IOC Executive Board will approve a set of criteria for the program. Subsequently, in September, Tokyo 2020 will submit their proposal to the IOC. The proposal(s) will be studied by the IOC Program Commission and will make a recommendation to the Executive Board. The expected final decision will come at the IOC Session in Rio in 2016.

Moreover, the Executive Board came to an agreement to three venue changes to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 master plan. There has been magnificent communication and collaboration, between both Tokyo 2020, and the IOC, to bring the spirit of Olympic Agenda 2020 into their plans for the Tokyo 2020 Games. This communication and collaboration has saved 1 billion USD for the Organizing Committee, due to their revised construction budget.

Furthermore, the Executive Board has agreed to include a mourning place inside the Olympic Village, showing their commitment to strengthen the support to athletes. The mourning place will only be during the Games, to allow athletes to gather and pay tribute to those who have passed away. The Closing Ceremony will also have a devoted moment to remember the people who have died in the context of the Games.

IOC President, Thomas Bach stated, "Participants at past Olympic Games have been affected by casualties and incidents back in their home counties."

He added, "We want to give the athletes the opportunity to express their mourning in a dignified way and the environment in the Olympic Village where representatives of the whole world are living peacefully under the same roof. At the Closing Ceremony, the Games come to an end and many people feel that it is a moment to remember people who have died at the Olympic Games."

To ensure proper delivery and follow-up, all the Executive Board meetings will have a portion of the meeting dedicated to the Olympic Agenda 2020 Implementation Plan.
Implementation of other recommendations has already taken place. The IOC has included both sexual orientation protection, and non-discrimination, into the 6th Fundamental Principle of Olympism.

Lastly, the IOC has increased transparency, and will be audited by using the enhanced International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), which has even higher standards than legally required.

** 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

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