The 14 Working Groups that will help frame some of the key recommendations for the Olympic Agenda 2020, a strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement, will meet this week at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) headquarters in Lausanne.
On the agenda, a chance to discuss in detail the proposals made by the Olympic Movement, the world of sport and individual members of the public.
The Working Groups, the memberships of which were announced by IOC President Thomas Bach on 14 May, will meet between 16 and 24 June. Each group is made up of key stakeholders of the Olympic Movement, including IOC members, athletes and representatives of the International Federations and National Olympic Committees.
As part of the ongoing open and inclusive process, a number of experts from civil society have also been included, including representatives of leading international organisations, NGOs and business organisations. Some of the organisations represented are Google, Transparency International and the World Bank.
The Working Groups will look at the contributions received by members of the Olympic family and the submissions received via a special email address set up to collect feedback. Almost half of the submissions received came from Olympic Movement stakeholders, while about a quarter came from members of the public. There were thousands of submissions on different Olympic themes. The themes that generated the most contributions were: Bidding Procedure; Procedure for Composition of the Olympic Programme; Differentiation of the Olympic Games; Good Governance and Autonomy; Olympism in Action Including Youth Strategy; and IOC Membership.
The 14 Working Groups are:
1. Bidding Procedure
2. Sustainability and Legacy
3. Differentiation of the Olympic Games
4. Procedure for the Composition of the Olympic Programme
5. Olympic Games Management
6. Protecting Clean Athletes
7. Olympic TV Channel
8. Olympism in Action Including Youth Strategy
9. Youth Olympic Games
10. Culture Policy
11. Good Governance and Autonomy
13. Strategic Review of Sponsorship, Licensing and Merchandising
14. IOC Membership
The Working Groups will present a broad outline of their findings to the IOC Executive Board (EB) at its next meeting in July. This outline will then be discussed at the Olympic Summit later the same month, which will be attended by all the key stakeholders of the Olympic Movement.
The contributions will then be presented to the IOC commissions in September, before being discussed again at an EB meeting in October. The refined proposals for Olympic Agenda 2020 will lastly be presented for discussion by the entire IOC membership and final approval at an IOC Extraordinary Session in Monaco on 8 and 9 December 2014.