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The 40 planned Olympic reforms in overview

December 8, 2014

International Olympic Committee representatives are meeting to discuss and vote on 40 new recommendations to reform the Olympic movement, the so-called "Olympic Agenda 2020." DW lists and explains the suggested reforms.

IOC meeting in Monaco 08.12.2014
Image: Reuters/E. Gaillard

1. Shape the bidding process as an invitation: The IOC wants to invite potential candidate cities to present an Olympic project that best matches their sports, economic, social and environmental long-term planning needs. This will also allow host cities to spread their bid over state or national borders.

2. Evaluate bid cities by assessing key opportunities and risks: Olympic building developments to be considered on the basis of sustainability and re-usability.

3. Reduce the cost of bidding: Bidding process to become more streamlined and IOC to cover various costs of a city's bidding process.

4. Include sustainability in all aspects of the Olympic Games: The IOC to take a more proactive position and leadership role with regard to sustainability

5. Include sustainability within the Olympic Movement's daily operations: IOC to become more environmentally-aware, reduce carbon footprint and improve sustainability of headquarters in Lausanne.

6. Cooperate closely with other sports event organisers: Improved coordination with International World Games Association.

7. Strengthen relationships with organisations managing sport for people with different abilities

8. Forge relationships with professional leagues: This is being done in order to minimize any date clashes and ensure participation by the world's best athletes.

9. Set a framework for the Olympic programme: Athletes and coach accreditations at the Olympics to be capped or in some cases, reduced.

10. Move from a sport-based to an event-based programme: Regular reviews of the Olympic program to be based on events rather than sports

Closing ceremony in Sochi
Never again: the Sochi Winter Olympics are believed to be the most expensive games everImage: Reuters

11. Foster gender equality: IOC aims to achieve 50 percent participation by women in the Olympic games.

12. Reduce the cost and reinforce the flexibility of Olympic Games management

13. Maximise synergies with Olympic Movement stakeholders: Increased involvement of International Federations, at the expense of the Olympic organizing committees

14. Strengthen the Sixth Fundamental Principle of Olympism: The IOC to include non-discrimination on sexual orientation in its Sixth Principle.

15. Change the philosophy to protecting clean athletes

16. Leverage the IOC USD 20 million fund to protect clean athletes

17. Honor clean athletes: Athletes who receive an Olympic medal after another athlete is disqualified due to doping, are to receive their medal in a special ceremony.

18. Strengthen support to athletes: IOC to put athlete's experience at the core of the Olympic games and to offer athletes further support.

19. Launch an Olympic Channel

20. Enter into strategic partnerships: IOC to network better with international organizations and NGO's to increase the impact of its programs.

London 2012 Olympics
Nadzeya Ostapchuk was stripped of her gold medal in the shotput in London, but who got her medal?Image: dapd

21. Strengthen IOC advocacy capacity

22. Spread Olympic values-based education: IOC to increase partnership with UNESCO.

23. Engage with communities: Create a virtual hub for athletes, volunteers and engage with the general public.

24. Evaluate the Sport for Hope programme

25. Review Youth Olympic Games positioning: Re-evaluation of the Youth Olympic Games and possible moving to a non-Olympic year.

26. Further blend sport and culture

27. Comply with basic principles of good governance

28. Support autonomy: The IOC to create a template to facilitate cooperation between national authorities and sports organizations within a country.

29. Increase transparency: IOC to publish an annual activity and financial report, including the allowance policy for IOC members.

30. Strengthen the IOC Ethics Commission independence: The Chairperson and members of the IOC Ethics Commission to be voted in by the IOC session.

Anti-olympics protesters gather in Munich
Voters in the German state of Bavaria rejected a proposal to bid for Munich to host the 2022 Winter Olympics last yearImage: picture-alliance/dpa

31. Ensure compliance: A new post of compliance officer is to be created within the IOC.

32. Strengthen ethics: IOC Ethics Commission to review ethics code and update.

33. Further involve sponsors in “Olympism in Action” programs

34. Develop a global licensing program: New program to focus on promotion rather than revenue generation.

35. Foster Olympic Partner sponsors' (TOP) engagement with National Olympic Commitees (NOCs)

36. Extend access to the Olympic brand for non-commercial use

37. Address IOC membership age limit: The IOC Session may decide a one-time extension of an IOC member's term of office for a maximum of four years, beyond the current age limit of 70.

38. Implement a targeted recruitment process

39. Foster dialogue with society and within the Olympic Movement: The IOC to consider the creation of an "Olympism in Action" congress that would take the pulse of society every four years. The IOC Session should become an interactive discussion among IOC members on key issues, with intervensions from external guest speakers.

40. Review scope and composition of IOC commissions: President to review the IOC commissions and align them with the Olympic Agenda 2020. The IOC Executive Board to determine the priorities for implementation of the recommendations.

(Source: www.olympic.org)