Lausanne, May 22, 2014: In another key milestone in the process of building Olympic Agenda 2020, a strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement, IOC President Thomas Bach today released the membership of the 14 Working Groups which will help frame some of the key recommendations.
Each group will be made up of key stakeholders of the Olympic Movement, including IOC members, athletes and representatives of the International Federations and National Olympic Committees. As part of the ongoing open and inclusive process, a number of experts have also been included from civil society, including representatives of leading international organisations, NGOs and business organisations.
The Working Groups will look at proposals made by the Olympic Movement, the world of sport and even by individual members of the public. Under discussion will be topics ranging from Ethics and the Youth Olympic Games to Good Governance and Autonomy and the planned Olympic TV Channel.
The Working Groups have been established to compile and discuss detailed contributions to the Olympic Agenda 2020, which was initiated last year by President Bach. Each of the Groups will meet in June around the occasion of Olympic Day, and their findings will be presented to the IOC Executive Board (EB) in July. The findings will then be discussed at the Olympic Summit later in the month, which will be attended by all the key stakeholders of the Olympic Movement.
The contributions will then be presented to the IOC commissions in September, before being discussed again at an EB meeting in October.
The refined proposals for Olympic Agenda 2020 will then be presented for discussion by the whole membership and approval of the IOC Extraordinary Session in Monaco on 8 and 9 December 2014.
Discussions have centred on five themes: the uniqueness of the Olympic Games, athletes at the heart of the Olympic Movement, Olympism in action, the IOC’s role and IOC structure and organisation.
There has been strong interest across the Olympic Movement in the Olympic Agenda 2020. Discussions at the 126th IOC Session in Sochi, for example, included a total of 211 interventions made by the IOC members.
President Bach called for direct contributions on the debate of the future of the Olympic Movement to be made via email at [email protected] Contributions – from all continents – flooded in from National Olympic Committees, International Federations, sports organisations, NGOs and the general public by the final deadline of 15 April. —- IOC