By David Owen at IOC Headquarters in Lausanne

IOC HQSignificant changes to the way in which sports events are selected for the Olympic programme look to be on the way, following a wide-ranging Summit meeting at the International Olympic Committee (IOC)'s lakeside headquarters here.


The 16 key Olympic Movement stakeholders present came out in support of an initiative aimed at adopting "an event-based rather than a sport-based" approach to the programme's composition while keeping the existing limit on the number of athletes participating.

The meeting also supported the establishment of an Olympic TV channel, paving the way for the IOC to develop the concept further with relevant stakeholders in coming months.

The concept of allowing more flexibility for Olympic bid-cities also secured the group's backing, with candidate-cities urged to focus on local legacy "from the very beginning of the bid procedure".

The move comes against a backdrop of growing scepticism among citizens of potential bidders, particularly in western Europe, as to the benefits of staging the Games in their local area.

Such attitudes risk leaving the IOC with less choice than it would ideally like when selecting its partner-cities.

On issues to do with the sporting calendar, Summit participants agreed on the creation of an online database to coordinate the scheduling of sports competitions at a global level.

They agreed to a project to compile a "comprehensive universal spring calendar" of current events.

The Summit also underlined its continued full backing for the Olympic Agenda 2020 reform programme set in motion by Thomas Bach, the IOC President.

This process is set to conclude at an Extraordinary IOC Session in Monaco in December, when the final approval of IOC members will be sought.

More consultations on Olympic Agenda 2020 are scheduled for September when the deliberations of the Summit, together with the outcome of recent working group discussions, will be presented to IOC Commissions.

The refined proposals will then be discussed again at what is shaping to be a critical Executive Board meeting in October.

From this the detailed agenda for Monaco is likely to emerge.

IOC President Thomas Bach led a group of the Olympic Movement's most influential stakeholders to discuss Agenda 2020 in Lausanne ©IOC IOC President Thomas Bach led a group of the Olympic Movement's most influential stakeholders to discuss Agenda 2020 in Lausanne ©IOC

In other matters, updates were given on the Movement's latest efforts to combat match-fixing and to convince Governments to match the IOC's $10 million (£6 million/€7 million) contribution to a fund to fight doping.

In the area of governance, it was agreed to start a process of creating ad hoc task forces to resolve specific disputes.

The personnel at Saturday's meeting was not identical to those who attended the last such Summit in November.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter was among those present then who did not participate this time.

He was said to have been prevented from coming by a funeral.The 16 key Olympic Movement stakeholders present came out in support of an initiative aimed at adopting "an event-based rather than a sport-based" approach to the programme's composition while keeping the existing limit on the number of athletes participating.

The meeting also supported the establishment of an Olympic TV channel, paving the way for the IOC to develop the concept further with relevant stakeholders in coming months.

The concept of allowing more flexibility for Olympic bid-cities also secured the group's backing, with candidate-cities urged to focus on local legacy "from the very beginning of the bid procedure".

This move comes against a backdrop of growing scepticism among citizens of potential bidders, particularly in Western Europe, as to the benefits of staging the Games in their local area.

Such attitudes risk leaving the IOC with less choice than it would ideally like when selecting its partner-cities.

The Summit also underlined its continued full backing for the Olympic Agenda 2020 reform programme set in motion by Thomas Bach, the IOC President.

This process is set to conclude at an Extraordinary IOC Session in Monaco on December 8 and 9, when the final approval of IOC members will be sought.

Besides Bach, the meeting was also attended by Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Sabah, Claudia Bokel, John Coates, Bruno Grandi, Patrick Hickey, Gian-Franco Kasper, Peng Liu, Julio CésarMaglione, Larry Probst, Sir Craig Reedie, Francesco Ricci Bitti, Marius Vizer, C K Wu, Alexander Zhukov and Zaiging Yu. 

Contact the writer of this story at david.owen@insidethegames.biz


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