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The Forum programme will be an action-packed 48 hours featuring a wide variety of sessions, including debates, collaborative workshops, sport demos, inspiring talks, cultural celebrations and more.


Further details will be communicated soon. Please note that this program could be changed.

FRIDAY, 5 October 2018

7:30 - 9:00

Breakfast & Registration

9:00 – 09:20

Opening Session

Opening video followed by introductory remarks by Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee.

9:20 – 09:40

The Power of the Olympic Truce

The tradition of the Olympic Truce has been to ensure a halt of all hostilities, allowing the safe passage and participation of athletes and spectators taking part in the Olympic Games. Then as now, the Olympic Games are a symbol of hope and peace. Even under the most tense and volatile of circumstances, the Olympic Truce reaffirms that the Olympic values of peace, solidarity and respect are as important across the world today as they were over 3,000 years ago, when the ancient Olympic Games first took place in Greece. Taking the most recent inspiring example of the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, this session will highlight how sport and the values of Olympism have the power to unite a fractured world.

9:45 – 10:20

Women in Sport

While the world has taken great steps in the last 100 years to advance gender equality, it is critical to continue and expand upon this forward momentum to build a world characterised by universal equal rights for women and men. This candid discussion will address the roles and responsibilities all stakeholders have in advancing United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) #5 – “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.”

10:20 – 11:00

Combatting Doping in Sport: a Battle Worth Fighting

The responsibility that the Olympic Movement and sports organisations worldwide have in ensuring that sport and sporting events are fair and clean is more relevant than ever before. How can we ensure that the testing being done is independent and without any conflicts of interest? How can we break the “rule of silence” and encourage people to come forward and report violations? What is the right balance between protecting the civil rights and privacy of athletes versus anti-doping measures? This panel discussion with a diverse group of athletes and officials will address the most critical issues related to doping, which affect not only the Olympic Movement, but global sport at large.

11:00 – 11:20

Sport and Human Rights

This year, the world celebrates the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a monumental document which established the laws and principles related to the equality of all individuals and their inalienable right to dignity. This session will highlight the special relationship between sport and human rights and explore how sport and its values can be used to promote human rights for all and strengthen universal respect for them.

11:30 – 12:00

Networking Coffee Break

12:00 – 13:30


4 sessions in parallel

Workshop 1A: Protecting Athletes: The Ethics of Doping

Doping raises many ethical questions, which can often differ depending on the context and perspectives present. Bioethicists will examine a much-debated topic through a new lens, with the goal of challenging participants’ assumptions and generating unexpected discussions.

Workshop 1B: Protecting Athletes: Education & Deterrence

From stricter sanctions to education, there are many tools available that effectively deter and prevent doping in sport. Speakers will explore and present some concrete examples of effective deterrence methods.

Workshop 2: Sports Betting & Match-Fixing

The separation between sports betting and match-fixing is a fine line which, if crossed, can threaten the integrity of sports competitions on an unimaginable scale. This session will examine the various sports betting frameworks that exist, as well as the work of regulatory and law enforcement entities to prevent match-fixing and organised crime linked to sports.

Workshop 3: Prevention of Harassment & Abuse in Sport

Research and testimony demonstrate that harassment and abuse also occur in sport, and that this is compounded by a lack of athlete safeguarding policies and procedures in sports organisations. It is essential that sports organisations act, implementing policies and procedures to safeguard athletes from harassment and abuse at all levels.

Workshop 4: Sport & Human Rights

The activities of sports organisations, especially those related to large-scale events, often affect a wide variety of individuals. Whether it be the workers employed to construct a venue, the citizens of an impacted neighbourhood or the journalists reporting on the event, there is no doubt that sports officials have a responsibility to preserve human dignity in all instances where people are affected. This workshop will highlight the progress that has been made, while also discussing the work that still needs to be done.

13:30 – 14:30

Networking Lunch

14:30 – 16:00


3 sessions in parallel

Workshop 5: Active Cities & Healthy Societies

This interactive session will explore concrete ways in which the sport and health sectors can collaborate to combat non-communicable diseases, and will also take an in-depth look at solutions designed for urban populations. City officials, multilateral institutions, NGOs, and sports organisations will share their experiences in implementing policies and programmes in complex ecosystems that involve a wide variety of stakeholders. Participants will also get a chance to brainstorm around a set of focus questions linked to the topic, resulting in shared ideas and concrete takeaways.

Workshop 6A: Cost, Legacy & the New Norm: Debate

Leading economists and experts will discuss the progress that has been made in reducing the costs of bidding for and organising the Olympic Games and debate what still needs to be done to ensure that the Games are organised in a more cost-effective and flexible way.

Workshop 6B: Spotlight on Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028 Olympic Games

Hosting major sporting events is frequently used by local governments as a catalyst for positive change, whether it be increasing tourism, expanding transport infrastructure or raising a city’s global stature. Organisers of upcoming Olympic Games will share their candid thoughts and experiences in their work to ensure that the Olympic Games are a force for good in the host cities.

Workshop 7: Sustainability through sport

From skiing and surfing to mountaineering and sailing, the number of sports that exist in natural environments is endless. This is why the protection of those environments is a vital priority for athletes, sports federations, the private sector, NGOs and major sporting events. This workshop will feature concrete examples of individuals and organisations that have effectively leveraged sport as a tool for environmental protection and sustainability. Participants will have an opportunity to reflect on the challenges that sport poses to the environment, and also brainstorm innovative ways in which the sports world can contribute to the following UN SDGs:
SDG #13: Climate Action – “Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impact.”
SDG #14: Life Below Water – “Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.”
SDG #15: Life on Land – “Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.”.

16:00 – 16:30

Networking Coffee Break

16:30 – 17:20

Hosting the Olympic Games: City Perspectives

There are many reasons why hosting the Olympic Games is attractive to a city or country. The expectations that the event will have a positive impact, both tangible and intangible, on local communities is alive and well. From developing an underserved part of a city and expanding much-needed infrastructure to boosting the local economy and increasing tourism, hosting such a large-scale event can bring about great opportunities. However, previous experiences of ballooning costs, wasted resources, and corruption among other challenges have left some populations opposed to their city’s bid to host the Olympic Games. This session will seek to examine the arguments for and against hosting the Olympic Games, and shine a light on the real experiences, both challenging and inspiring, faced by organisers of past and upcoming Games.

17:20 – 17:40

Spark Talk: Fighting for the Right to Play Sport

One athlete’s story of bravery and perseverance, which remains an inspiration to others who wish to break down barriers and fight for a more equitable world through sport.

17:40 – 18:20

Integrity of Institutions: Combatting Corruption in Sport

Through building awareness of corruption, encouraging a global dialogue on the topic and promoting transparency in all sectors, we can advance the anti-corruption agenda and move towards stronger institutions at a time when general mistrust surrounds large organisations and multinational companies. This session will explore the success stories and best practices for protecting institutional integrity, while also addressing the work and reforms that are still needed.


9:00 - 9:15

YOG 2018: Spotlight on Buenos Aires

How the Olympic and Youth Olympic Games can be the catalyst for local leaders to engage young people and provide spaces and opportunities for them to practise sport.

9:15 – 9:30

Spark Talk: Using the power of basketball to educate and empower youth

Grassroots organisations around the world are using sport to make a difference in their respective communities and beyond. Shooting Touch, an international sport-for-development organisation based in the US and Rwanda, is using the power of basketball to deliver global health education, intervention and empowerment to at-risk young people, women and their families.

9:30 – 10:10

What is the Future of Sport?

From alternative sports like parkour and Ultimate Frisbee to eSports like League of Legends and StarCraft, young people are reinventing the definition of “sport” and what it means to be an athlete. What will sport look like in 50 years? How will new technologies and changing cultural trends impact the sports that are practised and included in the Olympic Games? This session seeks to answer these questions and more.

10:10 – 10:25

Spark Talk: Judo for Peace

The International Judo Federation (IJF) is just one of many sports federations dedicated to building a better world through sport. Judo for Peace, an initiative of the IJF, supports populations in conflict through educational and outreach programming. This session will feature the great work that Judo for Peace is doing across the globe, from Iran and Turkey to China and Argentina.

10:25 – 10:50

Journey from Refugee to Olympian: Spotlight on the Rio 2016 Refugee Olympic Team

With an unprecedented 65 million displaced people and even more populations in conflict, the world is facing a challenge that must be urgently addressed on many different levels. Sport can contribute to addressing issues that have been difficult for institutions and governments to solve. During this session, participants will have the opportunity to hear from members of the Rio 2016 Refugee Olympic Team as they share their personal journeys and the opportunities that sport has provided to them.

10:50 – 11:05

Spark Talk: Education and Empowerment through Skateboarding

Grassroots organisations around the world are using sport to make a difference in their respective communities and beyond. Skateistan, an award-winning international development initiative based in Afghanistan, Cambodia and South Africa, is empowering children and young people through skateboarding and education.

11:05 – 11:30

Networking Coffee Break

11:30 – 13:00


4 sessions in parallel

Workshop 8: Social Inclusion & Cohesive Societies

Today, the world is impacted by divisions, and migrants, refugees, people of differing cultures and faiths, and other marginalised populations are too often left out. This workshop aims to explore how sport can bridge those divisions.

Workshop 9: Social Entrepreneurship Through Sport

The power of sport in transforming communities, altering mind-sets and breaking down barriers has long been known, but framing this power into a sustainable solution has been a relatively recent phenomenon that has given rise to a new brand of young social entrepreneurs who feel a growing sense of responsibility as global citizens to effect change. At the end of the session, participants will walk away with not only a concrete implementable venture or concept, but also a series of tools for designing solutions to a variety of problems.

Workshop 10: Fan of the Future

Emerging technologies and trends are impacting the creation and consumption of sports content and how fans engage with sports, both remotely and inside the venue. With widespread technological advances, including those in the areas of connectivity, portability, livestreaming, mobile and social video, sports fans are consuming media in different, evolving ways, and stakeholder organisations are having to re-evaluate how they format the organisation and presentation of sports events. How will young people’s desire to co-create and manipulate content impact the current model used for the Olympic Games? How will AR and VR change the fan experience? How are Rights-Holding Broadcasters (RHBs), Olympic Partners and the Olympic Movement adapting to changing viewer trends?

Workshop 11: Education

Sport not only provides health benefits to those who practise it, but it also provides opportunities to develop many skills that are useful for young people’s futures. This session will feature the work of non-governmental organisations, National Olympic Committees, city officials and sports federations to teach Olympic values-based education and skill-building through sport.

13:00 – 14:00

Networking Lunch

14:00 – 15:30

Closing Plenary

Surprise guests, special announcements and final remarks by President Thomas Bach will bring the Forum to a close.

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