Results of the 127th IOC Session. Thomas Bach: “I hope that after 20 years I will look back at this session as a real successful session”

At the conclusion of the 127th session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), that has completed its work on Tuesday in Monaco, new principles for the development of the Olympic movement have been approved.

IOC President Thomas Bach, commenting on the results of the work, said: “We have achieved a lot within this session and within the adoption of the Agenda 2020 was. Even in my wildest dreams I would not have expected this. It means that the IOC members are determined in pursuit of progress and change. I am very grateful to them for the way they participated in the discussion and voting. I am very pleased with the decisions for each of the 40 recommendations. I hope that in 20 years I can remember this day with satisfaction.”

In November of this year, the IOC President presented a 40-point reform package which formed the basis for the Agenda-2020 program. On the first day of the session 40 rules and amendments were approved. The following solutions  were among the most important ones:

  • to allow the organisation of Olympic competitions outside the host city or, in exceptional cases, outside the host country, notably for reasons of sustainability;
  • to reduce the cost of Olympic Games management;
  • to ease the bidding processes in order to reduce the cost of bidding;
  • to allow the OCOGs to make a proposal for the inclusion of one or more additional events on the Olympic programme;
  • to limit the number of events for the Games of the Olympiad to 310 and for the Olympic Winter Games to 100;
  • to encourage 50 per cent female participation in the Olympic Games and the inclusion of mixed-gender team events;
  • to move the organisation of the Youth Olympic Games to a non-Olympic year, starting with the 4th Summer Youth Olympic Games, to be postponed from 2022 to 2023;
  • new bidding process for the candidate cities;
  • new procedure for IOC membership;
  • to launch an Olympic Channel.

It is worth noting that there were no objections during the discussion of the recommendations. They were accepted unanimously.

The IOC has handed down a landmark decision to launch the Olympic channel, that  will cost €490 million to operate over its first seven years. The basic idea is to to provide a platform for sports and athletes beyond the Olympic Games period, 365 days a year. To fully connect with the digital age and connect with young people on their terms.  The IOC will financially support the creation of such a TV channel in Russia. The corresponding proposal was received from the President of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) Alexander Zhukov during the adoption of a strategy to build closer links between culture and sport.

“The IOC Executive Board is pleased to announce that part of the profit from the organization of the Sochi Olympic Games wil be given back to the Russian Olympic Committee –   Thomas Bach responded to the request of Alexander Zhukov. – Creation of the Olympic TV Channel is a great initiative and we support you in this endeavor.”

The honorary awards were presented as part of the IOC session. Among the outstanding athletes of the past and public figures who influenced the integration of women in world sport, was a five-time Olympic champion in synchronized swimming, General Secretary of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) Anastasia Davydova. She was awarded the prestigious  IOC Women and Sport Award. A day earlier, the IOC announced the Olympic Golden Rings award winners for outstanding broadcast coverage of the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014. Two trophies in the categories Best Digital Offering and Best Olympic Programme were awarded to Panorama (ANO Sports Broadcasting), Russia Sport mobile application  the official broadcaster of the 2014 Games.

The session also agreed to maintain an age limit of 70 for IOC members – with a few limited exceptions permitted. In a limited number of cases (five), a one-time extension of a member’s term of office may be made for a maximum of four years. Thus, the longest-serving IOC member, the representative of Russia, Vitaly Smirnov, who will celebrate his 80th birthday next year, will step down as a member on the 31 December 2015.

It was also decided that Lima, Peru, will host the 130th International Olympic Committee session in 2017, when the host for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games will be announced. The election of the Host City of the 2022 Games will take place next year at the 127th IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In 2016 the session will take place in the host city of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad  – in Rio de Janeiro.