Alexander Zhukov: “Recommendations of the Agenda 2020 affect all aspects of the Olympic Movement”

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has presented a list of recommendations that, if approved at the next IOC Session in December, will form a new development strategy of the organization and will make major changes in the Olympic movement.

Among the most important issues are: changes to the bidding process, the sustainability of the organization and the legacy of the Olympic Games, separation of costs used for the organization of the events from those used for the urban infrastructure development, protection of clean athletes, the launch of the Olympic Channel, youth sports development strategy, the Youth Olympic Games, the cultural policy of the IOC, improving the governance of the IOC, updating the sponsorship strategy, ethics aspects, licensing and trade, the new rules of membership in the organization and more.

President of the Russian Olympic Committee, IOC member, Alexander Zhukov:

“One of the main topics of the Agenda 2020 is reducing costs of hosting the Olympic Games, and cost-cutting must start at the bidding stage. For example, it refers to the number of presentations and visits of the Evaluation Commission. The idea of the Games should be based on the principles that will eventually bring economic, social and environmental benefits to the host country, and create a rich legacy for its future development.

Against this background, the IOC could allow some events to be held outside of the host city and even outside the host country. This could be done if, for example, there is no appropriate venue for a specific Olympic event. The IOC will consider the maximum use of existing facilities or demountable venues as positive aspects for a bid.

Moreover the IOC plans to provide substantial financial assistance for the candidate cities. The Organizing committee of the host country will also be allowed to make a proposal for the inclusion of one or more additional events on the for that edition of the Olympic Games. However, the final decision on the inclusion is to be made by the International Olympic Committee.

I think that the Olympic movement will undergo considerable changes. The recommendations contain urgent and recent changes that meet the realities and demands of the present day”.

Agenda 2020 limits the number of athletes and  officials for the Games of the Olympiad to 10,500 athletes, 5,000 coaches and athletes’ support personnel, and for the Olympic Winter Games to 2,900 athletes and 2,000 coaches and athletes’ support personnel. Moreover, the IOC seeks to achieve 50 per cent female participation.

In the Recommendations of the Agenda 2020 much attention is paid to the development of the Olympic Movement and enhancement of the Olympic legacy. National Olympic Committees are encouraged to appoint an “attaché” for Olympic culture.

From now on those who have made an outstanding contribution to the Olympic movement in the field of education and culture, will be awarded a special prize. What is more, the award ceremony will take place at the Games, during one of the solemn ceremonies – opening or closing.

It is also worth noting that the Recommendations prescribe 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.

Among other matters, the recommendations address the issue of IOC membership.

The age limit for individual members will remain the same – 70 years. However, 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.