Olympic Highlights

Fourteen IOC commissions met this week in Lausanne. Addressing the commissions, IOC President Thomas Bach reaffirmed that the Olympic Movement can look ahead with confidence to a successful Olympic year in 2018, with the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, the Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018 and the Olympism in Action Forum. He also outlined the main challenges facing the Olympic Movement with regard to ethics as well as reforming the world anti-doping system.
The IOC President kicked off the 8th International Athletes’ Forum by holding a three-hour Q&A session with more than 100 athletes. There was an in-depth and friendly discussion on many topics, including the current investigation into the failure of the anti-doping measures at the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014, gender equality, the future of athlete representation, the Olympic programme, and eGames/eSports. (See also under the ‘Other Olympic News’ section)
Meeting on 7 November, the IOC Executive Board (EB) discussed a number of issues including the upcoming Olympic Winter Games Games PyeongChang 2018 and the ongoing investigations by the Schmid and Oswald Commissions. The IOC EB also took the decision to suspend Frank Fredericks as an IOC Member.” Full text of the statement here.
President Bach attended the annual IF Forum organised by the SportAccord Convention, which took place under the theme, “Leading the way towards a sustainable agenda”. In his opening speech, the President outlined that Olympic Agenda 2020 places great emphasis on incorporating sustainability in all aspects of the Olympic Games and encourages all stakeholders of the Olympic Movement to include sustainability in its daily operations. He added that the Forum is an excellent opportunity to deepen partnership between the IOC and the IFs and to exchange best practices on sustainability.
Before the IF Forum, the IOC and the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) signed a ground-breaking Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), intended to further strengthen an already important partnership with the IFs. This MoU, which was signed by IOC President and GAISF President Patrick Baumann, is a direct result of Recommendation 13 of Olympic Agenda 2020, which called on the IOC to "Maximise synergies with Olympic Movement stakeholders". The new agreement between the IOC and GAISF provides a stable and sustainable framework for strengthened cooperation between the two organisations, with clarity on the roles and responsibilities of both bodies in relation to support to IFs and the organisation of multi-sport events. Full news release available to download. Click the link below.


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