The 127th Session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) officially got under way tonight with an Opening Ceremony at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco.
Speaking at the Ceremony, IOC President Thomas Bach stressed the importance of the 8 and 9 December gathering of the full IOC membership, which will discuss and vote on the 40 recommendations that make up Olympic Agenda 2020, a strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Games.
“The Olympic Agenda 2020 is like a jigsaw puzzle,” President Bach explained. “Every piece, every recommendation, has the same importance. Only when you put all these 40 pieces together will you see the whole picture. You see progress in ensuring the success of the Olympic Games, progress in safeguarding the Olympic values, and progress in strengthening sport in society.”
The IOC members were welcomed by HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, President of the Monegasque Olympic Committee and a fellow IOC member, at an official reception before the Opening Ceremony.
The International Olympic Committee is a not-for-profit independent international organisation made up of volunteers, which is committed to building a better world through sport. It redistributes more than 90 per cent of its income to the wider sporting movement, which means that every day the equivalent of 3.25 million US dollars goes to help athletes and sports organisations at all levels around the world.