POSTED: July 9th 2015

IOC President Thomas Bach speaks at PASO General Assembly in Toronto

IOC President Bach meets the athletes ©IOC/Ian Jones
IOC President Bach meets the athletes ©IOC/Ian Jones

The Assembly ©IOC/Ian Jones
The Assembly ©IOC/Ian Jones

(L to R) Dr Julio César Magllione, PASO President, and IOC President Thomas Bach ©IOC/Ian Jones
(L to R) Dr Julio César Magllione, PASO President, and IOC President Thomas Bach ©IOC/Ian Jones

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Yesterday, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President, Thomas Bach attended the 53rd General Assembly of the Pan-American Sports Organization (PASO) in Toronto, Canada. President Bach addressed the Assembly and participated in a lively question-and-answer session afterward with the delegates.

President Bach gave a detailed report on the implementation progress of Olympic Agenda 2020. He spoke primarily about measures that have already been implemented for the sports program and the bidding process along with those related to compliance, good governance, and transparency. He also talked about the Olympic Channel, which will showcase the values of Olympic sport and Olympic sport itself 365 days a year.

President Bach commented on the new implementations, "The new flexible approach putting an emphasis on sustainability and legacy is already producing results in the bidding process."

He expressed that he was looking forward to "new creativity from bidding cities."

President Bach highlighted the Olympic Channel, saying, "We will start with a worldwide digital channel, and then, in discussion with NOCs and rights-holders, see how we extend this program to linear platforms in different countries and regions."

He was also asked about a possible launch date for the channel and stated, "It will probably be next year, but we must get this right. You do not get a second chance at first impressions."

In addition, President Bach outlined the change in the IOC's philosophy to protect the clean athletes. He pointed out a new fund of 20 million USD has been employed for this purpose.

President Bach answered a series of questions from the floor and one questioner stated that the new reforms made by Olympic Agenda 2020 was a "breath of fresh air."

** 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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