Who We Are

Our vision

Our vision is to build a better world through sport – to inspire, by being the best that we can be. The best of what we can achieve. Together.

What can sport accomplish in a complex and ever-evolving world? A lot. Sport shows us we’re all chasing the same dreams — that anyone, from anywhere, can aspire to compete at the highest level. Sport can help people find their confidence, their spirit, their creativity. Sport can build friendships and bridge nations. Athletes are competitors, but respect each other in victory and defeat. Sport is a universal language accepted everywhere. It shows us we’re not that different from each other after all.

Our missions

We have five missions linked to delivering our vision and reflecting our values of excellence, respect and friendship:

  • ensure the uniqueness and regular celebration of the Olympic Games
  • put athletes at the heart of the Olympic Movement
  • promote sport and the Olympic values in society, with a focus on young people
  • lead and support the Olympic Movement
  • maximise the performance of the organisation.

Our values: excellence, respect and friendship

Our values help bring out the best in us. We strive for excellence and encourage people to do the best they can. We promote respect in many different ways, respect for yourself, for the rules, for your opponents, for the environment and for the public. We celebrate friendship, which is the hallmark of the Olympic Games. There is more that unites than divides us.

Our organisation

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is a not-for-profit, civil, non-governmental, international organisation. Created on 23 June 1894, just under two years before the first Olympic Games of the modern era in April 1896, the IOC is the supreme authority of the Olympic Movement. Its mission is to lead and support the Olympic Movement. The IOC administration, which is composed of about 700 employees, works to maximise the performance of the organisation and implements the decisions taken by the IOC Executive Board and the IOC Session.

Located in Lausanne since 1915, the IOC has two Olympic centres in Lausanne: the Olympic House in Vidy to cater for its administration and offer a welcoming meeting place for IOC members and the entire Olympic Movement; and The Olympic Museum and Olympic Studies Centre, dedicated to general public activities in Ouchy.

As the leader of the Olympic Movement, the IOC acts as a catalyst for collaboration between all parties of the Olympic family, from the National Olympic Committees (NOCs), the International Sports Federations (IFs), the athletes and the Organising Committees for the Olympic Games (OCOGs) to the Worldwide Olympic Partners, broadcast partners and United Nations (UN) agencies. It leads a wide range of programmes and projects. On this basis, it ensures the regular celebration of the Olympic Games, supports all affiliated member organisations of the Olympic Movement and strongly encourages, by appropriate means, the promotion of the Olympic values.

The IOC also has two entities in Madrid: Olympic Broadcasting Services and Olympic Channel .

Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS) was created by the IOC in 2001 in order to serve as the host broadcast organisation for all Olympic Games, Olympic Winter Games and Youth Olympic Games.

The host broadcaster is responsible for delivering the pictures and sounds of the Olympic Games to billions of viewers around the world. It produces and transmits unbiased live radio and television coverage of every sport from every venue.

Headquartered in Madrid, Spain, the OBS team includes more than 160 full-time employees from more than 30 different countries.

Find out more about Olympic Broadcasting Services.

Olympic Channel Services (OCS) is responsible for content creation, technology infrastructure and operation, digital product development and data analysis activities to support the IOC’s Digital Strategy and the entire Olympic Movement. OCS produces original programming, news, live sports events and highlights to provide additional exposure for sports and athletes on Olympics.com, the Olympic mobile apps, and social media handles.

Also based in Madrid, the OCS team includes just over 100 full-time employees from 30 different countries.

Find out more about jobs at Olympic Channel Services.

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