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2014-10-29 16:26:00 IOC




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After spending two days discussing Olympic Agenda 2020 in Montreux, the IOC Executive Board (EB) agreed on a set of 40 recommendations. Centred on the three themes of sustainability, credibility and youth, the recommendations will be presented, discussed and voted on by all the IOC members at the 127th IOC Session in Monaco on 8 and 9 December. All the recommendations will be made public in mid-November but only after the IOC members have had the opportunity to study them. “We have concluded here a very constructive and fruitful meeting of the IOC Executive Board,” said President Bach. “The 40 detailed recommendations are like individual pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, which when put together give us a clear picture of what the future of the Olympic Movement will look like.” Some of the key points addressed by the EB were possible changes to the Olympic Games bidding process, shaping it more as an invitation and reducing the related costs. More flexibility with regard to the composition of the Olympic programme was also recommended, while respecting the limits on the number of athletes, coaches and other support personnel. The launch of an Olympic TV channel was proposed, along with measures to strengthen the governance of the IOC and Olympic Movement. The chairs of the 14 working groups responsible for drawing up the Olympic Agenda 2020 recommendations summarised their work during presentations to the EB. The recommendations were also debated by the IOC commissions, two Olympic Summits and the 126th IOC Session in Sochi. In total, some 1,200 ideas from 270 direct contributions and more than 40,000 submissions from members of the public were received during the process.

In Montreux, the EB also granted provisional recognition to the Kosovo Olympic Committee and proposed that it be granted full recognition at the next IOC Session to be held in Monaco in December. The Kosovo Olympic Committee was established in 1992 and has more than 30 affiliated national federations, 13 of which are Olympic sports federations.

President Bach with Akif Çağatay Kiliçand Ugur Erdener. ©IOC / Christophe Moratal

Before the EB meeting, President Bach met the Minister of Youth and Sport of the Republic of Turkey, Akif Çağatay Kiliç, and IOC EB member Uğur Erdener. They discussed the crucial role of sport in education, the importance to invest in sport for future generations, Turkey’s financial contribution to the IOC Anti-Doping Research Fund and the Olympic Agenda 2020.

Kalkaba Malboum, Thomas Bach and David Ojong. ©IOC

The IOC President met the President of the NOC of Cameroon and of the Confederation of African Athletics, Kalkaba Malboum, accompanied by his chief of staff, David Ojong. They discussed a range of topics, including the situation of sport and Olympism in Cameroon, preparations for the Olympic Games Rio 2016, the NOC development plan based on the creation of a national training centre and, in the longer term, a regional high-level training centre project.

President Bach with Stephan Wassong (L) and Norbert Müller. ©IOC

The IOC President met Stephan Wassong of the German Sport University in Cologne and Norbert Müller, member of the IOC Commission for Culture and Olympic Education. Their discussions covered subjects including the Master of Arts in Olympic Studies at the University in Cologne and the educational role of sport in society.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) praised the IOC for including human rights in the future host city contracts. "Gold Medal to IOC @Olympics+Thomas Bach for putting human rights in Host City Contracts," said HRW Director of Global Initiatives, Minky Worden in a tweet after a meeting with IOC President in Lausanne. During the meeting, the relations between the two organisations and past and future cooperation were discussed, as well the Olympic Games and HRW’s proposals as part of Olympic Agenda 2020. The IOC President was also able to inform HRW of the inclusion of the new clause on non-discrimination linked to the Olympic Games and participants, based on the Olympic Charter’s Fundamental Principle 6, which was welcomed by the HRW delegation.

The IOC President met IOC members Samih Moudallal and Gerhard Heiberg. He also had a meeting with Steven James McCarthy, chairman of the company ‘Além International Management SA’.

The IOC President with the first three placed runners 
of the Lausanne Marathon. ©IOC / Arnaud Meylan

President Bach attended the children’s races organised for the first time on the occasion of the Lausanne Marathon. More than 800 children aged 5 to 14 signed up. Attending the Lausanne Marathon on 26 October, he awarded the medals. A few hours before at The Olympic Museum, the President attended the official presentation of the famous Bréal Cup, which was awarded to the first Olympic marathon champion, Spyridon Louis, at the first modern Olympic Games in Athens in 1896. The Cup bears the name of Michel Bréal, who suggested to Pierre de Coubertin that he include the marathon in the programme of the Games. The trophy will be exhibited for the first time outside Greece at The Olympic Museum for seven months. Christina Lambropoulou from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Charalambos Manessis, the Greek ambassador in Switzerland, and numerous cantonal and municipal authority representatives were also present at the ceremony.

The IOC has commended the NOC of Sierra Leone for supporting the United Kingdom’s Joint Ebola Task Force in setting up an Ebola treatment facility with immediate effect in Freetown, Sierra Leone. An official from the UK Joint Ebola Task Force said hundreds of lives could potentially be saved as a result of the swift approval by the NOC, coordinated by the IOC, to allow work to begin on the site at the Milton Margai College of Education and Technology (MMCET). Earlier this year, the Sierra Leone NOC started work at the college on its Olympic Africa project to develop sporting infrastructure in the country. The project includes a 400-metre athletics track, football pitch and facilities for other Olympic sports such as tennis, volleyball, basketball and aquatics.

The IOC was saddened to hear the news that South African Olympian and former world 800-metre champion Mbulaeni Mulaudzi has died at the age of just 34. "Our sympathies go to his family and friends, and to the whole sports family of the rainbow nation of South Africa. Mbulaeni Mulaudzi was a true Olympian and a fine athlete. A World Champion, he always showed huge commitment to his craft," said the President of the IOC. "He proudly represented his new nation around the world, and at home his successes inspired a new generation of young people to take up sport. He will be missed by the Olympic family." Mulaudzi, who was killed in a car crash on his way to a Johannesburg athletics meeting, was South Africa's flag bearer at the Opening Ceremony at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, where he won silver.


©World Health Summit

Jacques Rogge represented the IOC President at the World Health Summit in Berlin (Germany). In his speech, the IOC Honorary President highlighted the important role played by sport and Olympism in educating young people and improving their health and fitness. He urged the participants to do more to promote more active and healthy lifestyles among young people, since obesity and physical inactivity remain two of the main risk factors for non-communicable diseases.


Claudia Bokel among her fellow Olympians from Portugal. ©Portuguese NOC

In her role as Chair of the IOC ACP (Athlete Career Programme) Steering Committee, the IOC EB member and Athletes’ Commission Chair, Claudia Bokel attended a meeting of Portuguese Olympic athletes in Coimbra, at the invitation of the NOC’s Athletes’ Commission. In her speech, she mentioned the importance of a dual career and the ways in which the ACP can help athletes prepare for a career after sport. Her visit also included a karting race with the athletes and a meeting with the Portuguese NOC President, JoséManuel Constantino, at the NOC headquarters.

Richard Peterkin at the ’50 years of Olympic Gold’ ceremony in Nassau. ©Kevin Major

Richard Peterkin represented the IOC President at the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the first Olympic gold medal won by the Bahamas, held in Nassau. He presented the IOC President’s Trophy to Sir Durward Knowles and Sandra Cooke, who received it on behalf of her late father, Cecil Cooke. Knowles and Cooke were crowned Olympic sailing champions at the 1964 Games in Tokyo, thus becoming the first ‘Golden Boys of the Bahamas’.

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