LAUSANNE: Thomas Bach has lifted the lid on widespread changes to the composition and function of the International Olympic commissions as a direct result of the changes approved under the Agenda 2020 project.
The review of the scope and composition of the IOC commissions was one of the 40 recommendations approved by the 127th IOC Session last December in Monaco.
Bach has increased significantly the number of women nominated to commission compared to two years ago when he was first elected with third (32pc) of places now taken by women.
There are also increases in the numbers of members from Africa and Oceania, as well as an increase in the number of chair persons from the Africa and Asia now accounting for 34 percent.
The commissions now also include more representatives from the different stakeholders of the Olympic Movement and, for the first time, representatives from international organisations such as the United Nations.
Bach said: “These changes are another major step in the implementation of Olympic Agenda 2020, the strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic movement.
“They demonstrate the close dialogue with our stakeholders and society at large, with whom we started this process nearly two years ago. The increase of women’s participation and the broader geographical representation will encourage more inclusive decision making,” he said.
Among the changes, two new commissions have been created:
1, an Olympic Channel commission, which will ensure that all relevant stakeholders and expertise are consulted throughout the growth and development of the Olympic Channel; and
2, a communications commission, which will help to develop strategies to support the promotion of the Olympic values, and the IOC’s vision and mission to a global audience.
Another example of Olympic Agenda 2020 already being implemented is the adoption of recommendations 30 and 31. In line with these recommendations the session in Monaco adopted the new Olympic Charter.
It requires the chair and the members of the new IOC Ethics Commission be elected for the first time by the 128th IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur, which will take place from July 31 to August 3.