The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board (EB) today wrapped up its meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, with reports on the Olympic Channel, the IOC Session and the Olympism in Action Forum, among other topics.
As part of the three days of discussions, there were also presentations of the interim report by the ad-hoc Inquiry Committee on the International Boxing Association (AIBA) and decisions on medal reallocations and the IOC Human Rights strategy.
The EB received a report from the Olympic Channel, which continues to grow and expand. Since its launch in August 2016, the Olympic Channel has had a total of 2.2 billion video views across all its different platforms. The number of followers on social media has now reached 8.6 million. The Olympic Channel applications have been launched on Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Android TV with positive results.
The Olympic Channel has also provided an additional distribution platform for its 77 sports federations and sports with key stakeholder organisations through partnerships that include collaboration on more than 1,800 live events to date.
Under the new targeted approach to selecting host cities for IOC Sessions, the IOC EB was in favour of hosting the IOC Session in 2021 in Athens, Greece, and has asked the administration to prepare a feasibility study for the next Executive Board meeting, which will take place on 22 May.
Olympism in Action Forum
The IOC Executive Board decided to continue with the Olympism in Action Forum. It tasked the IOC administration with looking into the option of holding the Forum, starting in 2023, at the same time in Lausanne every four years, if possible in combination with another IOC event.
International Boxing Association (AIBA)
The ad-hoc Inquiry Committee delivered an interim report and aims to have its final report ready for the next Executive Board meeting in May, in Lausanne.
The IOC Executive Board confirmed the medal reallocation for the two-man and four-man bobsleigh events at the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014, and the results have been adjusted accordingly by the International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation.
In a consultation between IOC President Thomas Bach and HRH Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, who accepted to chair the IOC’s new Advisory Committee on Human Rights, both agreed that prior to the Committee commencing work, it was necessary and more effective to devise a strategic framework on human rights for the IOC. After that, the Committee members would then be able to reflect and advise on the strategy. To that end, Prince Zeid, together with Rachel Davis, the Managing Director of Shift – a non-profit centre of expertise on business and human rights which cooperates with the IOC since last year – will work during this year to develop that framework, building on an internal analysis conducted in 2018.
In parallel, the IOC will continue to work on a number of human rights priorities that require immediate action in cooperation with Shift and external stakeholders.