This week, the agenda of IOC President Thomas Bach included a meeting of the Executive Board (EB) and the 12th Olympic Summit, as well as conference calls and several other meetings.
At the invitation of the IOC, the leading representatives of the Olympic Movement met on 5 December for the 12th Olympic Summit, which was held at Olympic House in Lausanne. Chaired by the IOC President, the Olympic Summit discussed the peace mission of the Olympic Movement, welcoming the United Nations Resolution “Building a peaceful and better world through sport and the Olympic ideal”. They also reiterated the call by the Olympic Movement to all political leaders in the world to “give peace a chance”. The Olympic and Paralympic Games Paris 2024, the Olympic Winter Games Milano Cortina 2026, future Games and esports were also discussed, as were the topics of anti-doping, the politicisation of sport, digital engagement and safeguarding. The Olympic Summit forms part of the ongoing dialogue and consultation on subjects of significance for the future of the Olympic Movement. Read the full text of the Summit communiqué here.
Following the Summit, the IOC President held consultation calls with the IOC Members, the NOCs, the IFs and the global network of athletes’ representatives to exchange points of view and discuss the Summit’s conclusions.
On 8 December, the IOC President chaired a remote meeting of the IOC EB from Olympic House to discuss the outcomes and feedback from the consultation calls held earlier. The EB has decided that Individual Neutral Athletes (AINs) who have qualified through the existing qualification systems of the International Federations on the field of play will be declared eligible to compete at the Olympic Games Paris 2024 in accordance with a number of strict eligibility conditions (see full press release here). Individual Neutral Athletes are athletes with a Russian or Belarusian passport. The strict eligibility conditions based on the recommendations issued by the IOC EB on 28 March 2023 for International Federations and international sports events organisers will be applied. IOC Vice-President Ser Miang Ng was present in Lausanne.
This week in Lausanne, the IOC President attended the inauguration of the new headquarters of World Triathlon, whose President is IOC Member Marisol Casado. Also present at the ceremony were Francesco Ricci Bitti, President of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF), and Émilie Moeschler, a representative from the City of Lausanne. Read the full news release here on World Triathlon’s website. Earlier, the President welcomed a World Triathlon delegation as part of a courtesy visit to Olympic House.
With International Ski and Snowboard Federation (FIS) President Johan Eliasch, President Bach discussed a number of Olympic topics, including the preparations for the upcoming Winter Youth Olympic Games Gangwon 2024 and Olympic Winter Games Milano Cortina 2026.
At Olympic House, President Bach had a meeting with ASOIF President Francesco Ricci Bitti. The two leaders discussed the Olympic Summit, the upcoming editions of the Olympic Games and the international situation and its impact on sport.
President Bach met Chinese NOC President Gao Zhidan, to whom he reiterated his congratulations on the success of the 19th Asian Games, Hangzhou 2022, and whom he thanked for the warm welcome he received during his visit to Hangzhou. They discussed a number of Olympic topics, including the geopolitical situation and its impact on sport.
The preparations for the Olympic Games Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028 and the international situation were discussed during a meeting with the President of the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee, Gene Sykes.
Also this week, the IOC President had a meeting with Panam Sports Vice-President Jimena Saldaña.
The IOC President met the President of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), Witold Bańka, who was accompanied by WADA Director General Olivier Niggli. They discussed the excellent collaboration between their organisations to strengthen the fight against doping and protect clean athletes.