IOC President marks anniversary of Olympic Agenda 2020 with call to renew trust in sport
One year to the day after the unanimous approval of Olympic Agenda 2020 by the 127th IOC Session in Monaco on 8 December 2014, the IOC has made significant progress with the implementation of all 40 recommendations.
To date, two-thirds of the 112 expected deliverables for 2015 have been fully delivered. More than 20 per cent are ongoing – some are expected to still be delivered in 2015, the rest in 2016.
“The reforms passed in Olympic Agenda 2020 exactly one year ago ensure internationally recognised standards of governance,” IOC President Thomas Bach wrote in an opinion piece published today, in which he urged sports organisations to do more to renew trust in sport.
“We must do everything we can to protect the millions of clean athletes around the world,” he said. “For their sake and for the credibility of sports competition, they have to be protected from doping and corrupting influences. We also have to protect the credibility of sports competition from match-fixing and manipulation … Fighting corruption also means that good governance for sporting organisations is essential.”
Some of the key, measurable achievements of Olympic Agenda 2020 in 2015 include:
• A new Invitation Phase for the Olympic Games 2024;
• Rewriting of all candidature documents, including the Host City Contract;
• First OCOG proposal for additional events at a specific edition of the Olympic Games, made by Tokyo 2020;
• Identification of potential turnkey solutions for OCOGs;
• A newly defined role for the International Federations in the planning and delivery of Olympic competitions;
• Use of the USD 20 million fund to protect clean athletes;
• Approval of the structure and concept of the Olympic Channel, which is expected to be launched in 2016;
• Inclusion of sport in the UN post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals and strengthened relationships with key NGOs;
• Publication of an IOC annual report, including IFRS audited accounts and an indemnity policy for IOC Members; and
• Creation of an IOC Ethics and Compliance Office and an update of all ethics documentation.