Executive Board hears of further progress on implementation of Olympic Agenda 2020

The Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) was today updated on the continuing progress on implementation of Olympic Agenda 2020, including changes to the 2024 bidding procedure and improvements to the Host City Contract for 2022.

Implementation of Olympic Agenda 2020, the IOC’s strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement, began immediately after its approval at the 127th IOC Session in Monaco in December 2014.

The Candidature Service Fee for cities will be reduced in line with Olympic Agenda 2020. The new service fee has been reduced to USD 250,000 from USD 650,000 with a considerably higher level of service to be provided.

Changes have been made to the Host City Contract for 2022. The HCC will be made public on the day of the election of the 2022 host city, 31 July. Further changes will be introduced to the 2024 Host City Contract.

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the IOC have come to a new agreement, including a Games-specific agreement for 2022. Changes include an increase in contributions to the IPC from USD 6 million to USD 7.5 million; an increase in the number of athletes from 750 to 850; and the selection of Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS) as Host Broadcaster.

IOC Vice-President and World Anti-Doping Agency President Sir Craig Reedie told the EB that following the matching by world governments of IOC funds for the fight for the clean athletes, the combined figure available to WADA will be between USD 11.5 million and USD 12 million.

President Bach informed the EB that since the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi in February last year, the IOC had signed 18 agreements worth some USD 14 billion, which represents a significant contribution to the long-term financial stability of the Olympic Movement up to 2032. The establishment of this strong and stable financial foundation allows the IOC to redistribute more than 90 per cent of its revenues to support athletes and sport around the world — the equivalent of 3.25 million dollars a day, every day of the year.

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The 18 contracts comprise 13 broadcast agreements, including an agreement with NBCUniversal through to 2032, two new long-term TOP Partner agreements, with the addition of Bridgestone and Toyota to the TOP Programme, and renewals of existing TOP Partner agreements with Atos, Panasonic and Samsung. The two latest agreements were with Discovery Communications, parent company of Eurosport, and beIN MEDIA GROUP (beIN SPORTS) for broadcast rights in Europe and the Middle East and Northern Africa respectively.

It was also approved that the South Sudan National Olympic Committee will be proposed for full recognition at the 128th IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur on 2 August after the EB noted that the NOC of South Sudan has met the requirements for recognition as outlined in the Olympic Charter.

The EB approved the sporting nationalities of two athletes: wrestler Zied Ait Ouagram from Tunisia to Morocco and rower Jozef Klaassen from the Netherlands to New Zealand. It was noted that all of the relevant National Olympic Committees and International Federations had previously approved the changes.

The EB granted provisional recognition of the World Union of Olympic Cities to strengthen the two organisations’ collaboration in line with Olympic Agenda 2020. The not-for-profit organisation was founded in 2002 by the cities of Lausanne and Athens, the Olympic Capital and the host city of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896, respectively. The UMVO currently has 30 member cities.

A welcome address to the EB was delivered by IOC Member in Malaysia His Royal Highness Prince Tunku Imran.

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