IOC Session to vote on amendments to Olympic Charter

The Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has proposed amendments to the Olympic Charter that will be submitted for adoption by the 138th IOC Session on 8 August 2021.

Olympic House © IOC / Greg Martin

The recommended changes aim to:

  • Allow for up to seven IOC Members to be elected in special cases without a nationality or National Olympic Committee (NOC) requirement.
  • Clarify that the IOC Session may remove any sport from the programme of the Olympic Games if, among other violations, the relevant International Federation (IF) governing such sport does not comply with the decisions of the IOC EB, or if the relevant IF acts in a manner likely to tarnish the reputation of the Olympic Movement.
  • Reinforce the principle that nobody is entitled as of right to an accreditation, as well as the principle that the granting and removal of an accreditation is at the IOC’s full discretion.
  • Align the roll of honour representations to reflect current practice.
  • Allow the IOC EB to suspend a sport, event or discipline from the programme of the Olympic Games.

The Olympic Charter is the codification of the fundamental principles of Olympism and the rules and bye-laws adopted by the IOC. It governs the organisation, actions and functioning of the Olympic Movement and establishes the conditions for the celebration of the Olympic Games.

Among other things, it establishes the relations between the IFs, the NOCs and the Olympic Movement.

More information about the Olympic Charter can be found here.

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