POSTED: December 8th 2015

Olympics: Anniversary of Olympic Agenda 2020 marked by IOC President call to renew trust in sport

Agenda 2020 reforms were unanimously approved last year in Monaco / IOC/ Ian Jones
Agenda 2020 reforms were unanimously approved last year in Monaco / IOC/ Ian Jones

MARISSA FLANDERS (SFC) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has made significant progress in just a year after the unanimous approval of Olympic Agenda 2020 by the 127th IOC Session in Monaco with implementing all 40 recommendations.

So far, two-thirds of the 112 expected deliverables have been fulfilled, and over 20% are ongoing, with some expected to be delivered this year and the rest in 2016.

Today an opinion piece written by IOC President, Thomas Bach was published. In it, he urges sports organizations to undertake additional measures to renew trust in sport.

He wrote, "The reforms passed in Olympic Agenda 2020 exactly one year ago ensure internationally recognized standards of governance."

"We must do everything we can to protect the millions of clean athletes around the world," expressed President Bach.

He added, "For their sake and for the credibility of sports competition, they have to be protected from doping and corrupting influences. We also have to protect the credibility of sports competition from match-fixing and manipulation ... Fighting corruption also means that good governance for sporting organizations is essential."

Principal, measurable achievements of Olympic Agenda 2020 in 2015 include the following:

     ·         New Invitation Phase for 2024 Olympic Games.

     ·         All candidature documents were rewritten, which includes the Host City Contract.

     ·         Use of 20 million USD fund for the protection of clean athletes.

     ·         First Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (OCOG) proposal for additional    events at a particular edition of the Games that was made by Tokyo 2020.

     ·          Potential turnkey solutions for OCOGs were identified.

     ·         International Federations with newly defined role in the planning and delivery of Olympic competitions.

     ·         Olympic Channel structure and concept approved with the launch expected in 2016.

     ·         IOC annual report published, including an indemnity policy for IOC members and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), audited accounts.

     ·         Update of all ethics documentation and creation of an IOC Ethics and Compliance Office.

     ·         Strengthened relationships with major Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and the inclusion of sport in the United Nations (UN) post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals.

** 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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