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The Organisation

Acting as a catalyst for collaboration between all members of the Olympic Family, from the National Olympic Committees (NOCs), the International Sports Federations (IFs), the athletes, the Organising Committees for the Olympic Games (OCOGs), to the TOP partners, broadcast partners and agencies from the United Nations, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) shepherds success through a wide range of programmes and projects. On this basis it ensures the regular celebration of the Olympic Games, supports all affiliated member organisations of the Olympic Movement  and strongly encourages, by appropriate means, the promotion of the Olympic values. It is governed according to high standard ethical rules.


The mission of the IOC is to promote Olympism and to lead the Olympic Movement. According to the Olympic Charter, the role of the administration is the:

  • preparation, implementation and follow-up of decisions taken by the Session, Executive Board and President;
  • preparation and follow-up of the work of all commissions; permanent liaison with the IFs, NOCs and OCOGs;
  • coordination of preparation for all Olympic Games;
  • organisation and preparation of other Olympic events;
  • circulation of information within the Olympic Movement;
  • advice to candidate cities;
  • relations with many international governmental and non-governmental organisations dealing with, in particular, sport, education and culture;
  • liaison with Olympic Solidarity and implementation of many other tasks of an ongoing or ad hoc nature assigned to it by the President and the Executive Board.

The administration of the IOC is placed under the responsibility of the Director General who, under the authority of the President, runs it with the assistance of the directors; the latter are at the head of small units responsible for dealing with business in their respective sectors of competence (Olympic Games, International Cooperation and Development, Finance and Administration, Sports, Relations with the National Olympic Committees, Technology and Information, Communications, Television and Marketing Services, Legal Affairs, Medical and Scientific, Olympic Museum and Olympic Solidarity).