Tokyo, Dec 03, 2018: The IOC will be significantly increasing the number of Young Change Makers (YCMs) on its Commissions for 2019, IOC
President Thomas Bach announced on the final day of the three-day IOC Youth Summit taking place in Tokyo.
During the last IOC Youth Summit in Lausanne in 2017, seven YCMs included on the IOC Commissions and played a vital role in the Olympism in
Action Forum this October.
The IOC Youth Summit brought together 39 of the 42 Young Change-Makers+ who have provided with seed funding (CHF 5000) in 2018 to establish
social projects using sport to impact their local communities in the year ahead.
“Let’s join forces to make the world a better place through sport.”
Some 70 projects have established that has impacted 25,000 participants since it introduced in 2016.
The group met over three days hosted by TOP Partner Panasonic, the programme sponsor, in Tokyo to learn from each other and share ideas on their
IOC President Bach said;
“I would like to inform you that we will significantly increase the number of YCMs in the IOC Commissions for 2019.
This is your home to present your ideas, your projects and make your comments.
Let’s join forces to make the world a better place through sport.”
During the summit, they received mentorship and took part in workshops on moving from a charity to a social business from Nobel Peace Prize
winner Professor Muhammad Yunus, who himself has built his career on social entrepreneurship.
In his address to the YCMs he said “You are mobilising people around the world with one single thing, sport.
You are messengers for change, actors for change, you bring changes to your communities, to society and to the whole world.”
Young Change Makers Rania Rahardja from Singapore said, “We have a voice now within the Olympic Movement that is getting
louder and louder.
This is a Movement that needs to stay relevant and this is how we can help.
During the three-day summit, the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee (TOCOG) also took the opportunity to gather ideas of the YCM to help them
frame their own youth engagement programmes.
For the second year running, the IOC is delighted to welcome the support of TOP Partner Panasonic, which has made it possible to expand the YCM+
programme with its generosity. —- IOC
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