POSTED: May 22nd 2015

SportAccord President Marius Vizer creates reform agenda to put forward to the IOC

SportAccord President Marius Vizer launched his plans for reform at the annual general assembly in Sochi last month © SFC
SportAccord President Marius Vizer launched his plans for reform at the annual general assembly in Sochi last month © SFC

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) SportAccord President, Marius Vizer communicated a detailed 20-point agenda to the Presidents of all SportAccord member International Federations (IFs), Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) President, Francesco Ricci Bitti, and International Olympic Committee (IOC) President, Thomas Bach. The proposed points of this agenda are to be discussed between President Bach and President Vizer during a requested meeting by President Vizer.

The list is as follows:

1.       Increase revenue sharing model with the IFs from current levels of 25% of the Olympic revenues.

a.       5% of this amount will be paid directly to National Federations.

2.       Athlete Support Fund to be established to act as a pension scheme for all Olympians, which will be based on a carefully designed qualification criteria.

3.       Introduction of prize money at the Olympics for athletes

4.       Clear criteria, principles, and rules for:

a.       IOC System

b.      IOC Membership

c.       Recognition process for IFs

d.      Addition and selection of disciplines and sports into the Olympic Program

5.       Whole independence of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

6.       All IFs will directly own 50% of the Olympic TV channel.

7.       No discrimination against sports not in the Olympic Program.

8.       Inclusion in all development opportunities and programs initiated by the IOC for all non-Olympic sports.

9.       A clear definition of responsibilities and roles for stakeholders in the Sports Movement as to avoid duplication of agendas and efforts.

10.   Guarantee of ticket access or accreditation for all Presidents of National Federations with competing athletes.

11.   Allow all non-Olympic IFs a chance to demonstrate their sport before or after each Olympic Games and in each Olympic city.

12.   IOC Membership for an elected representative without discrimination from each Olympic IF.

13.   The right to present medals to athletes during the presentation ceremonies at the Games for IF Presidents.

14.   Giving Ministries of Sport in the Olympic Movement a greater inclusion, since they are the significant financial supporters of sports competitions and sport, at international and national levels.

15.   Allow bidding cities to present to non-Olympic and Olympic IFs. Along with establishing clear ethical principles to allow voting members to visit the bidding cities.

16.   Representation in the IOC voting process to be equal, representative, and fair.

17.   Complete transparency regarding contracts, wages, and consultants.

18.   Full support and encouragement for multi-sport events outside the Olympics, which will increase opportunities and exposure for all sports while still ensuring complementary development for the Olympic Games.

19.   A clarification of responsibilities and points for collaboration on projects between SportAccord and the IOC.

20.   The development of a public protocol regarding all points. 

** 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

Keywords · SportAccord · IOC · Olympic · IFs

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