POSTED: June 1st 2015

President Bach initiates significant changes to IOC Commissions triggered by Olympic Agenda 2020

IOC President Thomas Bach is putting Agenda 2020 to the test © Ian Jones IOC
IOC President Thomas Bach is putting Agenda 2020 to the test © Ian Jones IOC

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Some widespread changes are being made to the function and composition of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) commissions for 2015, announced IOC President, Thomas Bach. These changes are a direct result of Olympic Agenda 2020's reforms.

One of the 40 recommendations of Olympic Agenda 2020 was the review of the composition and scope of the IOC commissions. The commission's new make-up reflects the philosophy brought forth by Olympic Agenda 2020. The changes will provide a stable support of the IOC President, IOC Executive Board, and IOC Session with the implementation of the future roadmap of the Olympic Movement. The IOC President will work closely with the IOC Executive Board to undertake these new changes.  

Since President Bach was elected, two years ago, the number of women nominated to the commissions have substantially increased with 32% of places held by women. Also, members from Oceania and Africa have increased, along with the number of chairpersons from Asia and Africa, which now account for 34%.

Also, more representatives from the different stakeholders of the Olympic Movement are involved in the commissions. For the first time, there are representatives from international organizations like the United Nations. All this shows a clear continuity with the inclusive and open consultation process that has been initiated by the early stages of Olympic Agenda 2020 discussions.  

President Bach stated, "These changes are another major step in the implementation of Olympic Agenda 2020, the strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement."

"They demonstrate the close dialogue with our stakeholders and society at large, with whom we started this process nearly two years ago. The increase of women's participation and the broader geographical representation will encourage more inclusive decision making," said President Bach.

Part of the new changes is the creation of two new commissions. The Olympic Channel Commission will ensure that the development and growth of the Olympic Channel by consulting with all relevant expertise and stakeholders. Also, to help with the development of strategies to support the promotion of the IOC's vision, their mission, and Olympic values to the world audience.  

Already being implemented is the adoption of recommendations 30 and 31 of Olympic Agenda 2020. It will require members and the Chair of the new IOC Ethics Commission be elected for the first time in Kuala Lumpur by the 128th IOC Session. The session will take place from July 31st to August 3rd.

Even more changes will be made regarding the structure of the working method, the composition, and of the Commission.

The full list of commissions can be found here.

** 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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