KEIR RADNEDGE REPORTS: The International Olympic Committee is revising and updating the Agenda 2020 operation to push its vision for the Games forward a further half-decade.

A meeting of the executive board is proposing ‘Olympic Agenda 2020+5’ to the next IOC Session in March.

IOC president Thomas Bach said: “When we adopted Olympic Agenda 2020 in 2014, we did so under the adage of ‘change or be changed’. This still holds true today.

“The world around us has continued to evolve. Nothing illustrates this better than the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences for society. As challenging as the circumstances may appear right now, if we draw the right conclusions, we can turn these into opportunities.

“To do so, we must address this future environment without delay.”

The target issues are as follows:

– the need for greater solidarity within and among societies;

– the growth in digitalisation, while keeping in mind the need to expand digital capability to the currently digitally underserved;

– the urgency of achieving sustainable development;

– the growing demand for credibility, both of organisations and institutions; and

– the need to build resilience in the face of the financial and economic consequences that will result from the COVID-19 pandemic and which will influence priority-setting among governments and enterprises

The plan calls on the IOC and movement in general to:

– Strengthen the uniqueness and the universality of the Olympic Games

– Foster sustainable Olympic Games

– Reinforce athletes’ rights and responsibilities

– Continue to attract best athletes

– Further strengthen safe sport and the protection of clean athletes

– Enhance and promote the Road to the Olympic Games

– Coordinate the harmonisation of the sports calendar

– Grow digital engagement with people

– Encourage the development of virtual sports and further engage with video gaming communities

– Strengthen the role of sport as an important enabler for the UN Sustainable Development Goals

– Strengthen the support to refugees and populations affected by displacement

– Reach out beyond the Olympic community

– Continue to lead by example in corporate citizenship

– Strengthen the Olympic Movement through good governance

– Innovate revenue generation models

An IOC statement said: “Olympic Agenda 2020+5 builds on the results of Olympic Agenda 2020 which, in the six years since it was adopted in December 2014, has had a profound impact. It has strengthened the IOC and the Olympic Movement by introducing changes intended to make the Olympic Games fit for the future; safeguarded the Olympic values; and strengthened the role of sport in society.”

he Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has proposed a new strategic roadmap, Olympic Agenda 2020+5, to the upcoming IOC Session. It consists of 15 recommendations. The new roadmap follows Olympic Agenda 2020 and will guide the work of the IOC and the Olympic Movement for the next five years. Olympic Agenda 2020+5 will be submitted to the IOC Members for discussion and adoption at the 137th IOC Session in March this year. The title, Olympic Agenda 2020+5, has been chosen to reflect the fact that this new roadmap is the successor to Olympic Agenda 2020 and will guide the work of the IOC and the Olympic Movement until 2025.