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27 Jan 2015
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IOC President hosts Worldwide TOP Partners for Olympic Agenda 2020 Summit

IOC President Thomas Bach today welcomed senior representatives of the Worldwide TOP Partners to Lausanne for the Olympic Agenda 2020 TOPs summit.

The summit was opened by President Bach, who provided an overview of Olympic Agenda 2020, with IOC Director General Christophe de Kepper providing more detail on the next stage of the process – planning and implementation. The delegates then focused on several key themes including “The Uniqueness of the Olympic Games”, “Athletes” and “Olympism in Action”.

The IOC President said: “For many decades, the Worldwide TOP Partners have demonstrated the importance of their support for the entire Olympic Movement. Our Partners were an integral part of the Olympic Agenda 2020 discussion phase throughout 2014. As we move to implementation, following the unanimous approval of the Olympic Agenda 2020 recommendations last month, the Partners, along with the other stakeholders of the Olympic Movement, have an important role to play, and at today’s summit we discussed opportunities for further future collaboration.”

Timo Lumme, Managing Director of IOC Television and Marketing Services, said: “Today’s summit has been a great forum to discuss with our valued Partners the next phase of Olympic Agenda 2020. A handful of the approved recommendations relate directly to our work with the TOP Partners, but it was clear from today’s discussion that their long-term support goes way beyond this and will be essential in realising the overall vision.”

The afternoon was devoted to the Olympic Channel project. Yiannis Exarchos, CEO of Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS), said: “The launch of an Olympic Channel was one of the headline recommendations coming out of Olympic Agenda 2020. At today’s summit we were able to continue our discussions with the TOP Partners, but with the knowledge that the Channel project has now been approved. We are now out of the starting blocks with the plans for the Channel, and today was an opportunity to share our excitement and enthusiasm for the concept and belief that it will offer opportunities to engage with people, especially young people, all around the world, every day of the year.”

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