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The International Olympic Committee is the supreme authority of the Olympic Movement.

Acting as a catalyst for collaboration between all parties of the Olympic family, from the National Olympic Committees (NOCs), the International Sports Federations (IFs), the athletes, the Organising Committees for the Olympic Games (OCOGs), to the TOP partners, broadcast partners and United Nations agencies, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) shepherds success through a wide range of programmes and projects. On this basis it ensures the regular celebration of the Olympic Games, supports all affiliated member organisations of the Olympic Movement and strongly encourages, by appropriate means, the promotion of the Olympic values.

In detail the role of the IOC, according to the Olympic Charter, is:

  • To encourage and support the promotion of ethics in sport as well as education of youth through sport and to dedicate its efforts to ensuring that, in sport, the spirit of fair play prevails and violence is banned;
  • To encourage and support the organisation, development and coordination of sport and sports competitions;
  • To ensure the regular celebration of the Olympic Games;
  • To cooperate with the competent public or private organisations and authorities in the endeavour to place sport at the service of humanity and thereby to promote peace;
  • To take action to strengthen the unity of the Olympic Movement, to protect its independence, to maintain and promote its political neutrality and to preserve the autonomy of sport;
  • To act against any form of discrimination affecting the Olympic Movement;
  • To encourage and support elected representatives of athletes within the Olympic Movement, with the IOC Athletes’ Commission acting as their supreme representative on all Olympic Games and related matters;
  • To encourage and support the promotion of women in sport at all levels and in all structures with a view to implementing the principle of equality of men and women;
  • To protect clean athletes and the integrity of sport, by leading the fight against doping, and by taking action against all forms of manipulation of competitions and related corruption;
  • To encourage and support measures relating to the medical care and health of athletes;
  • To oppose any political or commercial abuse of sport and athletes;
  • To encourage and support the efforts of sports organisations and public authorities to provide for the social and professional future of athletes;
  • To encourage and support the development of sport for all;
  • To encourage and support a responsible concern for environmental issues, to promote sustainable development in sport and to require that the Olympic Games are held accordingly;
  • To promote a positive legacy from the Olympic Games to the host cities and host countries; 
  • To encourage and support initiatives blending sport with culture and education;
  • To encourage and support the activities of the International Olympic Academy (IOA) and other institutions which dedicate themselves to Olympic education.

Olympic Agenda 2020

Olympic Agenda 2020 is the strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement. It is made up of 40 recommendations designed to protect the uniqueness of the Olympic Games, place the athletes at the heart of the Olympic Movement, keep Olympism alive 365 days a year, and much more.

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Closing Ceremony at Sochi 2014

Celebrate Olympic Games

While billions of people around the world enjoy watching the Olympic Games every two years, it is sometimes overlooked just how much work goes in to hosting the Games. The IOC works closely with local organisers for almost a decade to stage an edition of the Olympic Games that best fits into the social, environmental and long-term development plan of the host region.

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Olympic Day

Promote Olympism

Blending sport with culture and education, Olympism seeks to create a way of life based on the joy of effort, the educational value of good example, social responsibility and respect for universal fundamental ethical principles. The Olympic Movement works year-round to promote Olympism and use sport as an agent for positive social change around the world.

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Luba Golovina of Georgia competes in the Trampoline at London 2012

Leading the Olympic Movement

The Olympic Movement is led by the International Olympic Committee and guided by the Olympic Charter. The Olympic Movement encompasses National Olympic Committees, International Federations, sports organisations, athletes and others. The goal of the Olympic Movement is to contribute to building a peaceful and better world through sport in accordance with Olympism and its values, including good governance and ethical principles.

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Moritz Milantz of Germany at London 2012

Protecting Clean Athletes

The IOC’s priority is the protection of the clean athletes. The current strategy in the fight against doping and against match-fixing, manipulation of competition and relaxed corruption is based on a zero-tolerance policy, with the aim of ensuring that only clean athletes take part in competitions. Any investment into education, testing, research, logistics or staffing is considered an investment in the clean athletes.

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