Key stakeholders of the Olympic Movement met Tuesday at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) headquarters in Lausanne specifically to discuss autonomy and good governance in sport. The meeting was a follow up to the 2nd Olympic Movement Coordination Meeting in November 2013.
All key matters related to autonomy and good governance were tabled at the meeting in preparation for the 3rd Olympic Summit on 19 July. A list of recommendations generated during the meeting will be proposed at the upcoming Summit.
The meeting was chaired by Patrick Hickey, IOC Delegate Member for Autonomy, IOC Executive Board member and ANOC Senior Vice-President. Participating in the meeting were Office Director for the ANOC President Husain Al-Musallam, ASOIF Executive Director Andrew Ryan, International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) General Secretary Horst Lichtner, FIFA Head of Member Associations Primo Corvaro, IOC Sports Director Kit McConnell, IOC Director of NOC Relations Pere Miró, IOC Head of Institutional Relations & Governance Jérôme Poivey, and IOC Head of NOC Information Services Joëlle Simond.
Under the instruction of IOC President Thomas Bach, the taskforce started to investigate an incident that may represent discrimination against the baseball / softball federation of Israel at the General Meeting of the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) in Hammamet,Tunisia earlier this month.
Following the conclusions and instructions of the 2nd Olympic Movement Coordination Meeting, Tuesday’s meeting reviewed the possibility of formalising a permanent network among the Olympic Movement stakeholders in order in particular to improve the coordination and exchange of information, and to establish a taskforce on a case-by-case basis to address conflicts related to autonomy of the Olympic Movement. The permanent network and ad-hoc taskforce are set to operate under the leadership and coordination of the IOC.
At the conclusion of today’s meeting, IOC Delegate Member for Autonomy Hickey said: “It is a great honour to have been appointed to this position and to chair this preparatory meeting in view of the next Olympic Summit in July. Autonomy and good governance in sport is a top priority for the IOC and IOC President Thomas Bach, who has made it a part of the Olympic Agenda 2020 process which will set a strategic road map for the Olympic Movement.”