The International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) top brass is set for a return visit to Montreux, to prepare the way for December’s key Session at which a raft of important reforms are expected to be agreed, insidethegames understands.
The IOC’s Executive Board came to the resort, located at the opposite end of Lake Geneva from Geneva itself, last December for an intensive, four-day brain-storming session, as new IOC President Thomas Bach’s reformist Olympic Agenda 2020 initiative got under way in earnest.
Now, insidethegames understands that plans have been laid to base next month’s Executive Board meeting in Montreux as well.
And there is every chance that deliberations will be just as intense as nine months ago, with three days of meetings – from October 22 to 24 – scheduled.
With the nature of reform recommendations having been discussed and refined in 14 high-powered working groups, it is thought that Executive Board members will soon have to turn their minds to the question of associated changes to the Olympic Charter, codifying the Movement’s fundamental principles, that may be required.
Only three months remain now before the Extraordinary Session in Monaco at which the final approval of IOC members for reform proposals will be sought.
A further three-day Executive Board meeting in the Principality has been scheduled for December 5 to 7, with the Session to follow on December 8 and 9.
With citizens of affluent Western Europe displaying mounting scepticism about the benefits conferred by staging sports mega-events, much interest will be focused on reforms to the bidding process for the Olympic Games.
A Summit of 16 leading Olympic Movement stakeholders held in July at the IOC’s headquarters in Lausanne, just along the lakeshore from Montreux, backed the notion of allowing more flexibility for Olympic bid cities, with candidates urged to focus on local legacy from the very start of the bid procedure.
Montreux is better-known for its musical than its sports connections; in addition to its well-known jazz festival, rock icons such as Freddie Mercury and Deep Purple are often associated with the town.
A statue of Mercury, the late Queen front-man, is in the main square.
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