- 09 Jul 2015
- IOC News
IOC President Thomas Bach at the Pan-American Sports Organisation (PASO) General Assembly in Toronto ahead of Pan-Am Games
President Bach addressed the 53rd General Assembly of PASO in Toronto on Wednesday, before a lively question-and-answer session with delegates.
The President took the opportunity to detail progress on the implementation of Olympic Agenda 2020, the strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement. He focused on the measures already implemented for the bidding process and the sports programme, as well as those related to transparency, good governance and compliance, plus the Olympic Channel.
President Bach told the audience that Olympic Agenda 2020 was already working. “The new flexible approach putting an emphasis on sustainability and legacy is already producing results in the bidding process,” he said. He told delegates that he looked forward to “new creativity from bidding cities”.
President Bach also highlighted the Olympic Channel, which will showcase Olympic sport and its values 365 days a year. “We will start with a worldwide digital channel, and then, in discussion with NOCs and rights-holders, see how we extend this programme to linear platforms in different countries and regions,” he explained. In response to one question about when the launch would be, he said: “It will probably be next year, but we must get this right. You do not get a second chance at first impressions,” he told them.
He also outlined the IOC’s change in philosophy to protect the clean athletes, and described the new USD 20 million fund employed for this purpose.
Following a series of questions from the floor on the Olympic Channel and the new open approach, one questioner described the Olympic Agenda 2020 reforms as a “breath of fresh air”.
The evening before, at the opening dinner for the Congress the President had been presented with “Order of PASO” by the PASO President and IOC Member, Julio Maglione.
Later in the day, the President met the Mayor of Toronto as well as several of the Canadian Olympic Committee’s key corporate sponsors.
President Bach went on to visit the new Athletes’ Village for the Pan-Am Games, where he attended the welcome ceremony for the Canadian athletes who will compete at the event.