Olympic Summit supports IOC position against politicization of Olympic Games and sport



Lausanne, 11 Dec. (IANS): Saturday’s 10th Olympic Summit strongly supported the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on its stance against any politicization of the Olympics and sport, and “strongly underlined the need for political neutrality of the IOC, the Olympic Games and the whole of Olympism “. Movement”.

The one-day Olympic summit, hosted by the IOC to discuss various issues related to the Olympic movement, expressed support for the IOC’s position following the announcement by more members of the diplomatic boycott of the upcoming Olympic Games in winter in Beijing due to China’s human rights record. and the lack of freedom of expression in the country.

The various issues related to the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games were discussed during the 10th one-day Olympic Summit, which was held virtually and chaired by IOC President Thomas Bach. The summit was briefed on preparations for the Games and also discussed the announcement by the US, UK, Australia and Canada of a diplomatic boycott of the Winter Games, described as a “political decision. “by the IOC.

“The Summit strongly opposes any politicization of the Olympic Games and sport, and has strongly underlined the need for the political neutrality of the IOC, the Olympic Games and the entire Olympic Movement,” the IOC informed on Saturday.

Summit participants welcomed the strong support for the Games from UN Member States, which adopted the Olympic Truce resolution by consensus of the 193 Member States. In addition, the resolution was co-sponsored by 173 UN member states, the statement said.

The Summit was updated on the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, which will be the first Olympic Games to be fully organized and benefit from the reforms of Olympic Agenda 2020. These Games will be sustainable, inclusive, urban, focused on youth and gender. -equal. The Organizing Committee’s ambition is for the Games to be the first climate-positive Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The initial youth sports program for the Los Angeles 2028 Olympic Games was well received by attendees. It will build on the success of Tokyo 2020 with 28 initial sports on the program, including the new sports of skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing, which will be submitted for approval at the next IOC Session.

A potential path for inclusion by the IOC Session in 2023 has been opened to boxing (AIBA), weightlifting (IWF) and modern pentathlon (UIPM), subject to compliance with specific conditions for each of them. them, informed the Summit.

The Summit appreciated that the International Federations (IFs) and the Continental Associations of National Olympic Committees (NOCs) have the offer to create a direct Olympic association with the Olympic qualifying events. It will also benefit the athletes who participate in these events. The Olympic summit supported comprehensive offerings for the development of dedicated Olympic qualifying brands for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games and the use of Olympic digital broadcasting platforms, the statement said.

In addition to senior IOC officials, the 10th Olympic Summit brought together representatives of major international sports federations, representatives of the National Olympic Committees of the United States, China and Russia as well as representatives of international continental federations and associations. working for the sports associations of the Summer and Winter Olympics. .



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