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IOC EXECUTIVE BOARD PROPOSES OLYMPIC AGENDA 2020+5 AS THE STRATEGIC ROADMAP TO 2025

International Olympic Committee

15 February 2021

THE 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.

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. These achievements have laid solid foundations for the future (see IOC press release from 11 December 2020 and the full Closing Report of Olympic Agenda 2020).

Now, as the world continues to battle the global health crisis and its likely consequences for society at large, the IOC and the Olympic Movement need to seize on the successes of Olympic Agenda 2020 and continue to drive change for tomorrow.

The 15 recommendations that make up Olympic Agenda 2020+5 have been developed though an inclusive and collaborative process. They are based on key trends that have been identified as likely to be decisive in the post-coronavirus world. They are also areas where sport and the values of Olympism can play a key role in turning challenges into opportunities.

The key trends include:

- 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

Each of the 15 recommendations, which have been inspired by these trends, are tangible with key deliverables. The recommendations call upon the IOC and the Olympic Movement 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

Commenting on Olympic Agenda 2020+5, IOC President Thomas Bach explained: “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. We need to carry forward Olympic Agenda 2020. This is why we have developed Olympic Agenda 2020+5 and its recommendations with the IOC Executive Board and based on the feedback we received from stakeholders following the Olympism and Corona messages.”

The IOC EB has also finalised the Closing Report of Olympic Agenda 2020. This report describes in detail each of the 40 recommendations of Olympic Agenda 2020, the different activities carried out to implement them, and their impacts on the IOC and the Olympic Movement. 

The EB concluded that 88 per cent of the recommendations have now been achieved. This represents a slight increase from December when the EB determined that 85 per cent had been achieved. This increase demonstrates that Olympic Agenda 2020 is an ongoing process. The changes it introduced are continuing to evolve and will carry on having an impact going forward. 

The Closing Report of Olympic Agenda 2020 will also be submitted to the IOC Session in March for final approval.

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Credit: Inside The Games

 

IOC Approves Olympic Agenda 2020+5

 

13 March 2021

(Liam Morgan blogging from the 137th Full Session of the IOC):

The IOC membership has approved Olympic Agenda 2020+5, just as Bach said several hours ago that it would.

A healthy debate in some areas today, but it seems strange that they went through all of that and didn't actually change the initial recommendation as presented by the Executive Board.

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IOC approves Olympic Agenda 2020+5 strategic plan at virtual Session

Credit: Inside The Games

By Liam Morgan

Friday, 12 March 2021

 

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session has unanimously approved the Olympic Agenda 2020+5 strategic plan that is set to shape the direction of the organisation in Thomas Bach's last four years as President.

IOC members rubber-stamped the package of 15 recommendations by a show of hands during the virtual 137th IOC Session, which concluded today.

The vote followed a near six-hour discussion on each of the recommendations made in the plan, the successor to Olympic Agenda 2020 which was devised by Bach and the ruling Executive Board.

Agenda 2020+5 features topics such as the global sports calendar, the IOC's relationship with esports, athlete representation, and gender equality and human rights.

The IOC hopes its new strategic "roadmap" will enhance the profile of the Olympics, the reputation of which even Bach has admitted has suffered in recent years owing to a series of corruption and doping scandals.

It focuses on five areas - solidarity, digitalisation, sustainability, credibility and economic and financial resilience.

"The coronavirus crisis has changed our world in fundamental ways," Bach said. 

"The world will never again be like it was before. Even once we have finally overcome the health crisis, we will face the far-reaching social, financial, economic and political consequences.

"As leaders of the Olympic Movement, we must prepare ourselves for this new world. In order to shape our future, we need a vision of how this new world will look like.

"Olympic Agenda 2020+5 as our vision for the future of the Olympic Movement addresses these overarching trends."

Enhancing and promoting what the IOC calls the "road" to the Olympic Games is among the other key recommendations, along with a plan to "encourage the development of virtual sports and further engage with video gaming communities."

The recommendation regarding the "road" to the Olympics could see significant changes to the global sports calendar, which IOC members believe has become "overloaded".

It could also lead to the creation of more multi-sport events to act as Olympic qualifiers, while qualification events may be allowed to use Olympic branding to increase their profile.

The IOC has continued to assess further collaboration with esports amid the industry's boom in recent years.

Much of the latest recommendation is similar to previous statements from the IOC, which appears set to make a partner of the gaming sector in future.

Bach reiterated the need to draw a "red line" between video games that glorify violence or are in any way "contrary to the Olympic values" and digital versions of existing sports.

It came after Russia's double Olympic pole vault champion and IOC Athletes' Commission member Yelena Isinbayeva suggested the IOC should end its refusal to engage with "killer" games that are hugely popular across the world.

Gender equality and human rights fall under the recommendation to "continue to lead by example in corporate citizenship".

Uganda's William Blick admitted there was "not enough" female representation in the top brass of the IOC during the discussion on gender equality.

The IOC has also faced criticism for its human rights stance, where it has distanced itself from issues such as the treatment of Uighur Muslims in China, described by some as a "genocide", by claiming they do not fall under its remit.

The recommendation to "strengthen the Olympic Movement through good governance" was met with a suggestion from International Equestrian Federation President Ingmar De Vos that the IOC consider sanctioning those if good governance is not followed.

De Vos, who regularly intervened during the Session, said the evaluation of governance within the Movement "needs to be a bit stronger" and " there needs to be more focus on the implementation" of governance recommendations.

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Olympic AgendA 2020+5  

15 Recommendations - click here: Olympic Agenda 2020+5

Contents
The Olympic Movement: turning challenges into opportunities .................................... 3

15 recommendations ........................................................................................................... 4
1. Strengthen the uniqueness and the universality of the Olympic Games .....................4
2. Foster sustainable Olympic Games ................................................................................ 6
3. Reinforce athletes’ rights and responsibilities ................................................................8
4. Continue to attract best athletes ....................................................................................11
5. Further strengthen safe sport and the protection of clean athletes  ......................... 13
6. Enhance and promote the Road to the Olympic Games. ............................................. 15
7. Coordinate the harmonisation of the sports calendar  ................................................. 17
8. Grow digital engagement with people  ............................................................................19
9. Encourage the development of virtual sports and further engage with video

      gaming communities. ....................................................................................................... 21
10. Strengthen the role of sport as an important enabler for the UN Sustainable

      Development Goals .......................................................................................................... 23
11. Strengthen the support to refugees and populations affected by displacement ....... 26
12. Reach out beyond the Olympic community .................................................................... 28
13. Continue to lead by example in corporate citizenship  .................................................. 30
14. Strengthen the Olympic Movement through good governance .................................... 33
15. Innovate revenue generation models ............................................................................... 35

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