For The Record

Issue 12 2014



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Olympians get involved in the future of the Games!

This has been one big action-packed Olympic year! Not only have we had the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games and the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, but we are also finishing the year with a full review of the future of the Olympic Movement. The IOC wants to hear the athletes’ views on this review process. Read on and let us know what you think using #Agenda2020.

To launch the proposed changes, IOC President Thomas Bach brought together a group of Olympians from various sports, nations and backgrounds in November to hear their thoughts on what is needed to safeguard the uniqueness of the Olympic Games and to strengthen the role of sport in society.

Together, they discussed the 40 proposals that make up Olympic Agenda 2020, a strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement which was voted on by the full IOC membership and unanimously approved in Monaco earlier this month.

Some of the exciting changes include a reduction of bidding costs, strengthening the IOC’s stance on non-discrimination of sexual orientation and the launch of an Olympic TV channel that will offer a platform for Olympic sports and athletes 365 days of the year.

The 40 recommendations are the culmination of a year of open, transparent and widespread debate and discussion. They stem from the thousands of contributions from members of the Olympic Movement, the general public and civil society. More than 40,000 submissions were received, from which 1,200 concrete ideas were produced. These ideas were then further refined into the 40 recommendations produced by the IOC Executive Board, 14 Working Groups, the IOC Commissions and two Olympic Summits.

This is a ground-breaking moment for the Olympic Movement, and this is what your fellow Olympians had to say…

Claudia Bokel (GER),
IOC Athletes’ Commission Chair

“There are a lot of recommendations regarding athletes. I like the one about protecting the clean athletes – that is what it’s about. We really need to protect the clean athletes with regard to anti-doping, corruption and Principle 6. All 40 recommendations are extremely important and will benefit the athletes who are at the Games and preparing for the Games.”

Jade Jones (GBR),
Olympic and YOG champion,

in Taekwondo

“It’s a great honour to be part of it, especially still being an athlete myself and still hoping to go to Rio and Tokyo. It’s good to contribute and to see where the Olympic Movement is going.”

Jessica Fox (AUS),
YOG athlete and Young Ambassador, Olympic silver medallist

in canoeing

“For me one of the main topics was the bidding process and the flexibility we will see for more countries and cities to be able to host and to bid for the Olympics. I was really interested in the idea of the Olympic Channel because I think a lot of sports get the coverage every four years when the Olympics come around, but to have those sports on TV 365 days of the year, to have the cultural side of the Olympics and everything it represents shown to the public is something I look forward to seeing come alive.”

Koji Murofushi (JPN),
Olympic champion

in athletics

“Great discussion about Agenda 2020! Important to have more flexibility for unity and diversity.”

Stéphane Lambiel (SUI),
Silver medallist

in figure skating

“It was a great privilege to be one of the athletes to discover and discuss the IOC recommendations with President Bach. I am happy to see that the IOC wants to move forward for the good of the athletes and sport in general #olympics #agenda2020.”

What’s your opinion? #Agenda2020

You can read all the recommendations here:

Olympic Agenda 2020: 20+20 Recommendations.

Olympic Agenda 2020: Context and Background.

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