11-21-2014 Early Thanksgiving Tournament

SURF CITY EARLY THANKSGIVING TOPURNAMENT
October 21-23

Participating Teams
(Spy could not find game schedule but will try to report scores. This is the first time Spy has missed the Batbuster since 1994)
A Cut Above 18u Gold 18U Covina, CA
Absolute Blast – Glenn 18Gold Bellevue, WA
All American Sports Academy – Harrison 18Gold Oakley, CA
All American Sports Academy-Merrida 18Gold Woodland, CA
Altima 18U Wahiawa, Hawaii
American Athletics-Joiner 18Gold San Clemente, Ca
American Freedom Gold 18Gold Frisco, Texas
American Pastime -Garcia 18Gold LaVerne, Ca
American Pastime Gold 18Gold Upland, CA
American Pastime-SGV 18Gold San Dimas, Ca
ARTESIA PUNISHERS 18 GOLD-BOB MEDINA 18Gold ARTESIA, CA
Artesia Punishers-Lindsay 18U Mira Loma, Ca
AZ Hotshots – Abel Phoenix, AZ
AZ Hotshots Gold – Gatti 18Gold Phoenix, Arizona
AZ Hotshots Gold -Davis 18Gold Chandler, AZ
AZ Lil Saints Gold 18Gold Phoenix, AZ
AZ Mizuno Storm Gold- BRUN 18Gold Casa Grande, AZ
AZ Sidewinder 18U Queen Creek, AZ
Batbusters (Fox) 18Gold San Diego, CA
Batbusters/Team Mizuno – Jackson 18U Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Bears 18 Gold 18Gold Alamo, Ca
Beverly Bandits 18Gold Orland Park, IL
BOWNET 18 Gold 18Gold Simi Valley, CA
CA Breeze – Ramirez 18Gold Elk Grove, CA
CA RAGE GOLD 18Gold GLENDORA, CA
CA Raiders – Bruder 18Gold Misison Viejo, CA
Cal A’s 18U Blue 18Gold La Palma, CA
Cal As White 18Gold Cerritos, Ca
Cal Nuggets 18Gold Palo Alto, Ca
California Breeze 18Gold Sacramento, California
California Comets (Ceo/Laux) 18Gold Meadow Vista, CA
California Cruisers Sievers 18Gold Trabuco Canyon, CA
California Grapettes 18U Oakdale, Ca.
California Grapettes Gold Gomes 18Gold Lodi, Ca
California Grapettes-TC 18Gold Ceres, CA
California Riptide 18Gold San Jose, Ca
CALIFORNIA THUNDER (Van Kirk) 18Gold SAN DIMAS, CA
California Waves 18Gold Simi Valley, CA
California Yard Sharks 18U Rocklin, CA
Callifornia Heat 18 Gold-Martinez 18Gold Union City, Ca
Case Batbusters 18U – Albrecht 18U Northridge, CA
Colorado Angels (Waller) 18Gold Aurora, Colorado
Colorado Next Level Gold 18Gold Arvada, Co
Colorado Styxx Softball 18Gold Highlands Ranch, CO
Colorado Warriors Select 18U Platteville, Colorado
Corona Angels (Howard) 18Gold Riverside, Ca
Corona Angels (Tyson) 18Gold Corona, Ca
Corona XPRESS Gimondo 18Gold corona, ca
Delta Heat 97 18Gold Richmond, BC
Diamond Runners 18U Imperial Valley, CA
Dirt Dogs-Team Mizuno 18Gold Hanford, CA
Dirtdogs-Team Mizuno 18G 18Gold Hanford, California
Dynasty – Lilly 18Gold Riverside, CA
East Coast Elite Gold 18Gold South Plainfield, New Jersey
Easton Elite – NorCal 18Gold Petaluma, Cal
Easton Elite Softball Academy 18Gold Chatsworth, Ca
Easton-Westside Bullets-Hansen 18U Newman, Ca
Explosion 18Gold Tustin, CA
Explosion 18 Morgan 18Gold Moreno Valley, ca
FIRECRACKERS 18Gold scottsdale, AZ
Firecrackers (Young) 18Gold Rancho Cucamonga, Ca
Firecrackers AZ Renteria 18U Yuma, AZ
Firecrackers Fitz 18Gold Ontario, Ca
Firecrackers-AZ 18Gold Glendale, AZ
Foothill Gold 18Gold Cameron Park, CA
Fresno Force Gold 18Gold Buttonwillow, CA
FURY (Loa) 18U Murrieta, Ca.
Fury Softball Goodacre 18Gold Temecula, California
IE Dynasty-Gaxiola 18Gold Riverside, Ca
Impact Gold – Johnson 18Gold Tomball, TX
Irvine Sting 18Gold Irvine, CA
Jersey Intensity – KOD Mizuno 18U Farmingdale, New Jersey
Jersey Intensity – Rodriguez 18Gold Farmingdale, New Jersey
Jersey Intensity KOD 18Gold Farmingdale, NJ
Jets Gold 18Gold Long Beach, CA
KBA 18u 18U North Las Vegas, NV
LA Royals 18 Gold 18Gold Anaheim, CA
Lady Hustle 18 Gold-Julie Marshall 18Gold Pleasanton, ca
Lady Lightning Gold Midwest 18U Clemmons , NC
Lady Magic 18gold 18Gold Rocklin, CA
Lady Wolfpack Gold-Alkire 18Gold Fremont, CA
Lakewood Firecrackers 18Gold San Pedro, CA
Las Vegas Blast 18Gold Las Vegas, NV
LIL REBELS GOLD 18Gold LAS VEGAS, NV
Minors Gold (Macias) 18Gold West Covina, CA
Minors Gold- Lovelace 18Gold Lake Elsinore, CA
Mize Fastpitch Diamonds 18Gold Los Gatos, Ca
Mizuno Diamond Girls Gold-Flores 18Gold Carson, Ca
Mosquito Squad Fastpitch Club 18Gold Renton, WA
Nemesis Elite – Hernandez 18U Downey, CA
Nemesis Elite Gold – Manuel Garcia 18Gold Downey, CA
Nevada Stealth – John Martensen 18Gold Reno, NV
New Jersey Breakers Gold 18Gold Monroe, New Jersey
New Jersey Cheetahs 18U Premier 18Gold Millstone Twp., New Jersey
New Mexico Sundancers 18U Rio Rancho, NM
New Mexico Sundancers 18U Rio Rancho, New Mexico
Nor Cal Firecrackers 18G 18Gold Folsom, CA
Nor Cal Legends-Espinoza 18Gold San Jose, CA
NOR CAL PATRIOTS (Gold) 18Gold ROCKLIN, CALIFORNIA
Nor Cal Strike Zone 18U Sparks, Nevada
NorCal Blitz Softball 18U Redwood City, CA
NorCal Shockers 18Gold Martinez, Calif.
NW Batbusters/Team Mizuno- Thiry 18Gold Tigard, OR
NW Bullets Gold 18Gold Portland, Oregon
OBS Monarchs 18Gold Oakdale , Ca
OC Batbusters – Briggs 18Gold Foothill Ranch, CA
OC Batbusters – Gonzalez 18U Lake Elsinore, CA
OC Batbusters 18u-Lara 18Gold La Puente, Ca
OC Batbusters Alvarez 18u 18U Whittier, Ca
OC Batbusters Perez 18U La Puente, CA
OC Batbusters-Maroon 18Gold Anaheim, CA
OC Batbusters-White 18Gold Anaheim, CA
OC Elite Esteban 18U Mission Viejo, California
OC Elite Greg 18Gold Mission Viejo, CA
OC Impact 18Gold Buena Park, CA
OC United Viles 18Gold Chino Hills, Ca
Oregon Blaze Gold 18Gold Beaverton, OR
oregon panthers 18Gold keizer, oregon
Pacific Coast PREDATORS 18Gold Thousand Oaks, CA
Polar Crush Gold 18Gold Arlington, Massachusetts
Polar Crush Gold – Babcock 18Gold Arlington, Massachusetts
Pure Fastpitch 18 Gold 18Gold Huntington Beach, CA
QUAKES GOLD – GRANT 18Gold Fontana, CA
Roseville Heat 18Gold Rocklin, Ca
RR Gold Bob 18Gold Stockton, Ca.
Salinas Storm 18Gold 18Gold Salinas, CA
Salinas Wildcats 18Gold Salinas, Ca
San Diego Legacy-Black 18Gold Irvine, CA
San Diego Power Surge 18 Gold 18Gold Santee, Ca
San Diego Rebels 18Gold Carlsbad, CA
San Diego Renegades Gold Bovee 18Gold San Diego, CA
San Diego Rowdies Gold 18Gold San Diego, Ca
San Jose Lady Sharks 18Gold San Jose, CA
San Jose Lady Sharks – Barrera 18Gold San Jose, CA
San Jose Sting – Rooney 18Gold San Jose, CA
San Jose Sting Gold 18Gold San Jose, CA
Santa Ana Xtreme 18Gold Santa Ana, California
Silverstreak 18Gold Granite Bay, CA
Snohomish Shock 18Gold Lake Stevens, Wa
So Cal 3D 18Gold Stevenson Ranch, CA
So Cal 3D-Rubio 18Gold west hills, CA
So Cal Athletics 18Gold Upland, Ca
So Cal Athletics- Quarles 18U 18Gold Cerritos, CA
So Cal Breakers 18Gold Oceanside, CA
So Cal Breakers- Imoto 18Gold Vista, California
So Cal Choppers 18Gold VALENCIA, CA
So Cal Diamonds – Zappia 18Gold Newbury Park, Ca
So Cal Fillys Gold 18Gold Mira Loma, CA
So. Cal. Rebels 18Gold Corona, CA
SoCal Breakers Labs 18U san marcos, Ca.
Sorcerer 18 Gold 18Gold Livermore, ca
Stealth Fastpitch 18Gold Lancaster , Ca
Strike Force 18U Wildomar, CA
Strike Force 18G – Jensen 18Gold Canyon Lake, CA
Strike Force Softball 18 Gold 18Gold Huntington Beach, Ca
Strike Zone Gold – Ford 18Gold Fremont, CA
Sudden Impact Gold Blake 18Gold Beaumont, Ca.
Sundodgers 18Gold Seattle, WA
SV Thunder 18 Gold 18Gold Kirkland, WA
Team California Gold 18Gold Sacramento, CA
Team Easton (Price) 18Gold Redlands, Ca.
Team Primus-Barber 18U Lake Forest, ca
Teamsmith-Carlson 18Gold La Verne, Ca
Teamsmith18u Silva/Hotetz 18U Hemet, Ca
The Next Level 18 Gold-Delamater 18Gold Temecula, Ca
The Next Level 18 Gold-Mena 18Gold Temecula, Ca
TNT GOLD 18Gold Glenolden, PA
Tri County Smash 18Gold Ceres, Ca
USA Athletics – Gutierrez 18U Garden Grove, Ca
USA Athletics Catania 18U Garden Grove, CA
USA Athletics Gold (Rogers) 18Gold Long Beach, CA
USA Elite 18 Gold – Vance/Belanger 18Gold Acampo, Ca
Valley Stompers 18Gold Danville, CA
Vienna Stars 18U Gold 18Gold Manassas, VA
WA Ladyhawks-Nelons 18Gold Puyallup, WA
Washington Explosion 18 Gold – USA 18Gold Connell, Wa
Washington Illusion 18Gold Castle Rock, Wa
Washington Illusion Gold Harris 18Gold Kelso, WA
Washington Ladyhawks Gold Miller 18Gold Puyallup, WA
Washington Ladyhawks Miller BLUE 18Gold Puyallup, WA
Washington Sidewinder Gold 18Gold Snohomish, WA
Washington Synergy – Elliott 18U Maple Valley, Wa
Wichita Mustangs 18Gold Wichita, KS

Teams Listed in Blue Below Have Began the Registration Process
Acers – Wilson 18Gold Maple Valley, WA
American Athletics – Petredes 18U Yorba Linda, CA
AZ Cats Gold 18Gold Tucson, AZ
AZ Desert Thunder Gold 18Gold Tucson, AZ
AZ Lady Dragons 97 18U Chandler, Arizona
AZ Outlaws 18u/Gold 18Gold Phoenix, AZ
AZ QUICKSILVER 18U MARICOPA, ARIZONA
Bakersfield Babes 18U Bakersfield, CA
Batbusters Valdivia 18u 18Gold North Hills, California – Southern
Blaze Dynamite 18U Edmonds, wa
Bombers – Manny 18U Las Vegas, NV
CA Kryptonite 18Gold Los Gatos, CA
CA Kryptonite-SH 18Gold Los Gatos, CA
CA Mirage – Eddie 18U 18U Chino, CA
Cal A’s 18U-White 18Gold La Palma, California
Cal Badgers 18Gold Westminster , California
Cal Raiders 18U Bellflower, CA
Capital City Comets 18U Lincoln, CA
Capital City Comets navy 18Gold Sacramento, CA
Case Batbusters Gold 18Gold West Hills, CA
Case Batbusters Jimenez 18U West Covina, CA
Clovis Rockets – Ortiz 18Gold Clovis , CA
Courage 18Gold Corona, CA
Crash Softball 18U colbert, wa
Crunch Gold 18Gold Riverside, CA
Dynasty – South Bay 18U Redondo Beach, CA
Fillies Fastpitch 18U Premier 18Gold Oakdale, MN
Firecrackers AV 18U Lancaster, CA
Firecrackers SB (Clarke) 18Gold San Pedro, Ca
Firecrackers-Kevin 18U Rossmoor, California
Firecrackers-Snyder 18Gold La Palma, CA
FTC Thunder 18U Twentynine Palms, CA
High Desert Titans 18U Hesperia, Ca
IDAHO CRUSH 18U Boise, ID
Impact Gold – Connor 18Gold Houston, TX
KG Hitters – Gibson 18Gold Napa, Ca
LA Royals18U-Ramirez 18U Whittier, Ca
Lake Breeze 18Gold Marysville, WA
Mayhem 18A 18U Lake Stevens, WA
Mosquito Squad 18U Meritt 18U Renton, WA
Nevada Stealth 18U Reno, Nevada
Nor Cal Starz 18Gold Los Molinos, Ca
NW Wildcats 18 Gold 18Gold Puyallup, Washington
O C G-Force 18U Huntington Beach, Ca
OC Batbusters Gonzalez 18U Lake Elsinore, CA
OC Elite Black 18U Mission Viejo, CA
OC Nighthawks 18U Yorba Linda, CA
OC United – Walker 18U Huntington Beach, CA
OC United-McCollum 18Gold Huntington Beach , Ca
PNW Force 18U Lacey, WA
Rainier Jets 18Gold Seattle, WA
San Diego Renegades Mena 18U Chula Vista, CA
San Diego Renegades-Stern 18U San Diego, CA
San Diego Rowdies San Diego, California
SJ Strikkers Gold 18Gold San Jose, Ca
So Cal 3D 18U San Fernando, CA
So Cal Combat Panthers 18U Camarillo, California
So Cal Knuckle Up 18U moreno valley, ca
So Cal Madness 18U 18U Moorpark, Ca
Team Bownet Az 18U Glendale, Az
TEXAS TERROR 18U ANGLETON, TEXAS
TX Glory Adkins Gold – Allen 18Gold Roanoke, TX
USA Athletics 18u – Fields 18U GARDENA, California
USSSA Pride – Indian 18U Encinitas, CA
WA ACERS GOLD 18Gold MAPLE VALLEY, WA
Washington Triple Threat Gold 18Gold Arlington, WA
West Coast Fastpitch Academy 18U Rocklin, California

 

11-20-2014 Softball Will Be Played in 2020 Olympics

SOFTBALL Will Be Played at Tokyo Olympics

Spy predicts that the IOC, at its meeting in December, will confirm selection of softball and baseball for the 2020 Olympic program.

There is no greater force than an idea whose time has come.

All of the signs point to that decision.

The latest very positive indicator was in the Japanese press late Wednesday. Spy quotes the version which appeared in the Washington Post today:

By Associated Press November 19
TOKYO — Baseball and softball’s bid to return to the Olympic program got a boost Wednesday as organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Games considered ways the International Olympic Committee’s reform agenda could impact planning for the event.
Wrapping up the second day of meetings in the Japanese capital, IOC Vice President John Coates and Olympic organizing chief Yoshiro Mori spoke on how the 40 proposals released Tuesday as part of IOC President Thomas Bach’s reform agenda could affect planning for Tokyo 2020.
The proposals would allow host cities to propose the inclusion of one or more events for their games — a move which would clear the way for baseball and softball to be included in the 2020 Games.
Baseball and softball appeared in the Olympics from 1992 to 2008, but IOC members voted to drop them from the program after the Beijing Games — the first sports to be excluded since polo in 1936.
The sports were eventually replaced by golf and rugby sevens, both of which will join the program at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
“In the case of Japan, including baseball and softball would be a great idea,” Mori said at a news conference on Wednesday. “The two sports are very popular in Japan and having them in the program would be a big plus.”
The reforms, called “Olympic Agenda 2020,” will be put to a vote by the full IOC at a special session in Monaco on Dec. 8-9. Barring any surprise, most or all the recommendations are expected to be passed.
The reforms could also allow Tokyo organizers to alter their initial plan of having the majority of venues located within an 8-kilometer (5-mile) radius of the Olympic Village — one of the key components of Tokyo’s bid for the games.

These statements build upon a press release reporting this week from the ruling LDP:

Sport and Politics Join Forces in Japan in Support of Returning Softball to 2020 Tokyo Olympics
TOKYO, Japan – As support for softball and baseball to be included in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games continues to grow across Japan, Federation of Diet Members have formed a political group to help the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) 2020 Olympic campaign, supported by Secretary General Tsuneo Horiuchi, a Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) member and legendary figure of Tokyo’s Yomiuri Giants.
Sixty four members of the ruling LDP assembled recently in the Japanese Diet and agreed to launch a committee to support baseball-softball at the 2020 Olympics. The fact that the new political pressure group is made up of ruling LDP member is also highly significant because the Olympic host nation’s government must underwrite the costs of Olympic games.
Therefore, many argue that the host nation should have greater autonomy in selecting sports that are most relevant to the Olympic host city and nation – and in Japan, baseball and softball are by far the biggest sports. They are the sports that mean the most to the country, will fill the venues and bring in the biggest crowds and revenues for Tokyo 2020 organizers, and sponsors. In addition, it will make the Games more affordable, exciting and engage Japan, and the Asia region more than any other sport.
Baseball and softball were removed from the Olympic Games after the 2008 Beijing Games. The former Olympic sports have experienced a fresh wave of globalization in recent years and have long formed a large and history part of Japanese society, tradition and culture.
The baseball/softball family under the WBSC, along with other sports federations, is awaiting the outcome of the International Olympic Committee’s review — to be announced in December at a special session in Monte Carlo — on the process for adding/dropping sports to the Olympic program, which may allow a new opportunity for baseball and softball to be included as the only bat and ball sports at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Horiuchi is confident that the inclusion of Japan’s two most popular sports in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games will serve to enhance the value and ideals of the Olympic movement, especially among young people and women. Horiuchi also said the staging of baseball and softball on the world’s biggest sporting platform will help commemorate the recovery from the 2011 disaster in eastern Japan and help symbolize Japan’s appreciation of the generous assistance and support of the global community to overcome the natural disaster.
The bat and ball sports also significantly, seem to have the support of Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, who was just re-elected as head of the powerful Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC), and recently told media that Tokyo had all the infrastructure and facilities in place to fit baseball and softball back into the Olympic sports program.
With support for an American Olympic bid for the 2024 Games growing, the dreams of a new generation of young male and female athletes could soon come true as the arc of baseball and softball’s spectacular comeback trajectory continues to widen and collect more fans and political, community and commercial support in the process.

Even before these reports from Tokyo, there were other indicators supporting softball’s return. The Wall Street Journal reported recently there are public protests in Tokyo about the costs, including the projected building of 38 structures (there are currently 26 sports) including the athletes village, concession and other support buildings, a press center, tourist center and administrative offices. As one group of critics noted, Tokyo already has Olympic-quality baseball and softball facilities.

Logically, that point was impressed upon the IOC delegation during its recent inspection tour.

Japanese officials who attended the ISF games in Haarlem made that point among others, as they expressed confidence that softball would regain Olympic approval. Note that apart from the team, its coaches and other officials, Japan sent people to Haarlem to make notes on what they observed the Dutch doing correctly – and where the Dutch organizers made mistakes – field preparation especially after the almost daily rains was inadequate and poorly equipped; the lead officials did not hide their disdain for the press, except their own; concessions were limited; the Dutch charged for use of the toilets; parking was inadequate and attendees often walked several blocks in the rain to their cars. (While I agree with these and other criticisms, I must note that the two doctors were quite competent and daily treated the large cut on my arm, and that after some rough starts were quite good at providing lineups to the press. The three ladies who staffed the ISF office were professonal and caring. More on Haarlem in a separate report.)

The most profound discussions Spy had with the Japanese coaches and other officials, which subsumed that softball would be played in 2020, was how best to prepare for the Games. Japan has a well-supported development program and their senior athletes are employed by firms which allow them to play in their very competitive industrial league. Team Japan will continue to play internationally, eg, ISF international championships, the USA and Canadian tournaments, but its best competition is at home.

Thus the Japanese share the concern of many observers: Haarlem engaged 16 teams but was essentially a four-team competition: Japan, the USA, Canada and Australia. Britain and Italy were weaker than past entries; Russia and other teams need considerably more development through training and quality competition.

That view of the international state of play was shared by top USA officials like ASA president Phil Gutierrez and executive director Craig Cress. and also by ISF president Dale McMann, executive director Ron Radigonda and former ISF president Don Porter.

Obviously there is need not just for more tournaments but for more training and development. No one disagrees. But, who can provide the training and who would fund it?  Note that ASA will not receive USOC funding from 2016.

A number of supporters of USA softball questioned whether the US fielded the best possible team. For example, given that Japan would rely on Yukiko Ueno, who beat the USA twice, why didn’t the USA use Cat Osterman, Monica Abbott and Keilani Ricketts? (Spy noted in replies that all three had lost to Japan in the past.) Spy’s criticisms were that the USA team was inconsistent, on offense and defense. While USA reporting did not note errors, Coach Ken Ericksen acknowledged that errors were a problem in some games. Spy’s take on errors (Spy had seen every US played in college play high-level, error-free ball) was that the USA needed to play better teams in its run-up to Haarlem. Playing what was in effect the team from DIII Salisbury is not the level of competition which sharpens skills. While they did play the USA home tournament and the Canadian open, those were essentially 2-3 team tournaments in terms of competition. Playing in Italy enroute to international events has not benefitted the USA – nor Italy given the quality of play in Haarlem.

Spy can remember years when the USA fielded two teams at Canada, and when they played top-ranked colleges like Oklahoma and national pro teams. Those games should be reprised. Take a page from Japan’s book; let two USA squads compete, with Olympic berths at stake.

On that note, Cress acknowledged there were players on NPF teams whom USA Softball would have liked to have on their roster. Given that other national teams, like Japan, roster professional teams, an agreement between USA Softball and NPF is long overdue. There are conflicts in schedules and monetary support – and in demands that these organizations impose.

An agreement with NPF should be just one element of a much-needed long range plan.

For example, the players likely to compete in a 2020 Olympics are currently 13-14 years old and playing at that level. Here again there is competition – between ASA and Premier Girls Fastpitch, as well as USSSA. How are these talents identified and nurtured along the way – and who makes those assessments? The record is that some critical players were overlooked in the existing ASA process.

One of the first orders of ASA business should be to restructure. How much money will be needed between now and 2020? Who raises it – and who spends it? The USA infrastructure should change – national team decision-makers, national selection committee, etc. Hiring a fundraising expert would seem a must.

The USA should also be a leading voice in upgrading international competition. Some of the very best instructors have played for USA. Who organizes them – and who pays for it?

A diplomatic effort should be directed at Dr Bach. I suspect Bach and the Japanese have n understanding that softball will be approved for the 2020 Olympics. The scenario for 2020 and the years in between brightens if Germany, the dominant political and financial power in Europe, fields a softball team. Moreover, Bach could be the linchpin in any effort to improve the international state of play.

All of this planning must be well along if that IOC December decision is favorable.

RFH

 

11-18-2014 IOC Olympic 2020 Agenda

Olympic Agenda 2020: Strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement unveiled

IOC President says “Now is the time for change”

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach today revealed the 40 proposals that make up Olympic Agenda 2020, a strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement, which will be discussed and voted on by the full IOC membership at the 127th IOC Session this 8 and 9 December in Monaco.

During the public launch of the recommendations at The Olympic Museum in Lausanne, President Bach called the 20+20 proposals “the culmination of a year of open, transparent and widespread debate and discussion, which had already begun in mid-2013.”

“These 40 recommendations are like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle,” he added. “When you put them together, a picture emerges that shows the IOC safeguarding the uniqueness of the Olympic Games and strengthening sport in society.”

The IOC President first presented the recommendations to a round table of athletes, many of whom actively contributed to the Olympic Agenda 2020 process. The discussion included a number of medal-winning Olympians.*

Some of the key areas addressed by the recommendations are:

- Changes to the bidding process (Recommendation 1), with a new philosophy to invite potential candidate cities to present a project that fits their sporting, economic, social and environmental long-term planning needs. Shaping it more as an invitation and introducing an “invitation phase” – during which cities considering a bid will be advised about the opportunities this new procedure offers, in particular in regard to legacy and sustainability. The organisation of sports and events outside the host city and even, in exceptional cases, outside the host country could also be allowed, always respecting the integrity of the Olympic Village.

 

- Reducing costs for bidding (Recommendation 3), by decreasing the number of presentations that are allowed and providing a significant financial contribution from the IOC. At the same time emphasising that the sustainability of a bid must be taken into consideration right from the beginning.

 

- Move from a sport-based to an event-based programme (Recommendation10). Create limits on accreditation for athletes, coaches and other athlete support staff to ensure that the Games do not grow bigger. Allowing more than 28 sports to be on the programme while respecting these limits.

 

- Strengthen the 6th Fundamental Principle of Olympism (Recommendation 14). The IOC to include non-discrimination on sexual orientation in the 6th Fundamental Principle of Olympism in the Olympic Charter.

 

- Launch of an Olympic TV Channel (Recommendation 19) to provide a platform for sports and athletes beyond the Olympic Games period, 365 days a year. To fully connect with the digital age and connect with young people on their terms. It will be a worldwide platform and an opportunity to spread Olympic values as well as highlighting the IOC’s many cultural and humanitarian projects. Candidate cities may also be given exposure during the bidding phase.

 

- Adapting and further strengthening the principles of good governance and ethics to changing demands. Ensuring compliance with the Basic Universal Principles of Good Governance (Recommendation 27) and transparency of accounts (Recommendation 29), with the IOC’s financial statements to be prepared and audited according to the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) even when not legally required. Strengthening the independence of the IOC Ethics Commission (Recommendation 30), with the chair and members of the Commission to be elected by the IOC Session. The IOC will also create the position of compliance officer (Recommendation 31) to advise IOC members, staff, NOCs and IFs with regard to compliance.

The athletes remain at the centre of all 40 of the proposals, with the protection of the clean athletes being at the heart of the IOC’s philosophy. The central importance of the “athletes’ experience” will be introduced into the evaluation criteria with no compromise on the field of play for athletes, and the paramount importance of the Olympic Village.

Read Olympic Agenda 2020: 20+20 Recommendations here.

Read Olympic Agenda 2020: Context and Background here.

“Over the past year many people have asked me why there is a desire to make changes. After all, they say, the Olympic Games, the IOC, and the Olympic Movement have enjoyed many successes and we are in a very good position,” said President Bach. “My answer is that we are now in the position to drive change ourselves rather than being driven. We have to take leadership with Olympic Agenda 2020. We have the opportunity, and we must seize the moment – now is the time for change.”

There is no change proposed to the age limit of 70 for IOC members. In a limited number of cases (five), a one-time extension of a member’s term of office may be made for a maximum of four years (Recommendation 37). There is no proposal to allow individual members to visit candidate cities, but there is a proposal that will lead to more in-depth information and discussion about the strengths, weaknesses, risks and opportunities of candidate cities (Recommendation 2).

The 40 recommendations were finalised by the IOC Executive Board in October following presentations from the chairs of the 14 Working Groups that were set up to refine the proposals earlier this year. In addition to members of the Olympic Movement, including National Olympic Committees, International Federations, TOP sponsors and athletes, the Working Groups consisted of experts from civil society such as the United Nations, Google/YouTube, Transparency International, the Clinton Foundation, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the World Bank.

Strong interest from across the Olympic Movement has been shown in Olympic Agenda 2020. Discussions at the 126th IOC Session in Sochi, for example, included a total of 211 interventions by the IOC members. The proposals were also debated by the IOC Commissions and at two Olympic Summits. The Summits brought together the presidents of the major stakeholders of the Olympic Movement.

The inclusive and transparent Olympic Agenda 2020 process was initiated by President Bach over a year ago. His call for contributions resulted in more than 40,000 submissions and produced 1,200 concrete ideas.

*The athletes who attended the round table were:

Claudia Bokel – Germany – Fencing – Olympic silver medallist; IOC member; Chair of the IOC Athletes’ Commission

Vincent Defrasne – France – Biathlon – Olympic gold medallist and two-time bronze medallist; Youth Olympic Games (YOG) Athlete Role Model

Susana Feitor – Portugal – Racewalking – Competed in five editions of the Olympic Games; Athletes’ Commission and IOC Athletes’ Career Programme Outreach trainer

Jessica Fox – Australia – Canoeing – Olympic silver medallist; YOG gold medallist; YOG Ambassador

Jade Jones – Great Britain – Taekwondo – Olympic gold medallist; YOG gold medallist

Stéphane Lambiel – Switzerland – Figure skating – silver medallist; YOG Athlete Role Model; Olympic silver medallist

Marsha Marescia – South Africa – Hockey – Three-time Olympian; Athlete Role Model

Kaveh Mehrabi – Iran – Badminton – Olympian at the 2008 Beijing Games – WADA Athlete Committee

Koji Murofushi – Japan – Hammer throw – Olympic gold and silver medallist; Sports Director, Tokyo 2020

Maria Höfl-Riesch – Germany – Skiing – Three-time Olympic gold medallist and silver medallist

Jean-Michel Saive – Belgium – Table tennis – Seven-time Olympian; Chair, EOC Athletes’ Commission

QUOTES FROM MEMBERS OF THE OLYMPIC MOVEMENT:

“Supporting clean sport and clean athletes is what the IOC and WADA are all about. The IOC has shown itself time and again ready to invest in making Olympic sport credible, and these proposals are an important pillar in that fight. Part of the recommendations for Olympic Agenda 2020 will see a continued and renewed investment to protect sport and the athletes. Sports fans must be able to believe in the sporting events they watch if our Movement and the good it can do are to have a future.”
– Craig Reedie, IOC Vice-President and WADA Chairman

“We have to find a way of being able to introduce new sports that are relevant to young people.
I was very impressed by the new sports presented at the Sports Lab at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing in the summer, and particularly the culture of those athletes taking part. We just have to be flexible to include new events – and I think the recommendations contained in Olympic Agenda 2020 will help us to do that.
Above all, for me the credibility of sport remains crucial to the future of the Olympic Movement. It is good to see us investing in protecting athletes who play fair when it comes to doping, and particularly when it comes to match-fixing and manipulation.”
– John Coates, IOC Vice-President

“Thirty years ago, I became the first Moroccan athlete to win a gold medal at the Olympic Games. The celebrations in my home country underlined to me the important role that sport and the Olympic Games play in people’s lives. It is therefore essential for me that, as a Movement, we continue to evolve and stay relevant for the athletes and the watching world. This is why I fully endorse the outcomes of Olympic Agenda 2020 and am looking forward to seeing how the Olympic Games can benefit from our final decisions.”
– Nawal El Moutawakel, IOC Vice-President and Chair of the IOC Coordination Commission for Rio 2016

“Olympic Agenda 2020 has seen stakeholders from all around the world and from very many different backgrounds contributing ideas that will make our Movement stronger in the future.
The Olympic Games continue to push new boundaries and to appeal to many different audiences of sports fans around the world. We must continue to do this. The power of the Olympic ideal is that it reflects universal ideas in different ways around the world. Olympic Agenda 2020 will build on our success.”
– Zaiqing Yu, IOC Vice-President and ANOC Vice-President

“These reforms will shape the future development of the Olympic Movement so that Olympic sport can continue to connect with people around the world. At the ANOC General Assembly in Bangkok early this month, we gave unanimous backing to Olympic Agenda 2020. As the President of the IOC said, the time to change is when you are successful and it is indeed a pleasure to see the launch of these reforms, which will ensure we remain relevant to all generations around the world. We must continue to appeal to different cultures and populations with a unifying message based on the Olympic values.”
– Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, IOC Member, ANOC and OCA President, Chair of the IOC Olympic Solidarity Commission

“The International Federations have been involved every step of the way in the creation of these recommendations, which lay out a comprehensive plan for the future of Olympic sport.
Through the Working Groups and through our representatives in the IOC, we have been able to help shape these proposals, which, if accepted, will lead to greater flexibility and help maintain the relevance of Olympic sport, particularly among young people.”
– Francesco Ricci Bitti, ITF President and ASOIF President

“For winter sports, it is imperative that the Olympic Winter Games remain strictly for sports on snow and ice. We need to continue to spread their popularity and ensure that more cities come forward with bids that work for them and that the Olympic Games remain attractive around the world.
There has to be a place for a wide range of concepts for the Games, and the proposals contained in Olympic Agenda 2020 are designed to encourage more cities with different ideas on the size and scope of the Games to come forward. The IOC is listening and wants the bidding process to help cities and governments to propose Games that appeal to their citizens.”
– Gian-Franco Kasper, IOC member, FIS President and AIOWF President

“I am extremely pleased to see the recommendation in Olympic Agenda 2020 to include sexual preference in the Fundamental Principles of the Olympic Charter. This recommendation by the IOC sends a strong and powerful signal to all athletes, and to the world at large, of our message of absolute non-discrimination. Including sexual orientation reaffirms that Olympic sport stands for fundamental values, and hopefully ensures that each and every athlete attending the Olympic Games feels inclusion and acceptance. Hopefully this amendment to the Charter will also send a message of tolerance and acceptance to the rest of the world.”
– Angela Ruggiero, IOC member, IOC Athletes’ Commission member, 4 Olympic medals (1 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze)

“The recommendations in Olympic Agenda 2020 are designed to change the bidding process in a positive way. I think it is important to bring the Olympic Winter Games especially back to their roots, where the organisers are creating genuine winter festivals and where the inhabitants of the host city are as important as the athletes.
I think it is a step forward that the bidding cities will have the chance to focus on Games that work in the local context – socially, economically and environmentally. I also think it is positive that the IOC will encourage the re-use of venues, temporary venues, and even the use of some venues in other regions and countries. This will lower the costs, which will hopefully make staging the Games more attractive for more countries.”
– Ole Einar Bjørndalen, IOC member and most medalled Winter Olympian, 13 Olympic medals (8 gold, 4 silver, 1 bronze)

OLYMPIC AGENDA 2020
20+20 RECOMMENDATIONS
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Introduction
Here are the 20 + 20 recommendations which will be discussed at the 127th IOC Session in
Monaco on 8 and 9 December.
Together, these 40 recommendations lay out the strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic
Movement.
The recommendations address only the changes proposed for the future. If a policy is not
specifically mentioned, this means that it will be maintained.
The recommendations follow a year of discussions and consultations with all the stakeholders of
the Olympic Movement, as well as external experts and the public. They were also debated by the
126th IOC Session in Sochi, two Olympic Summits and the IOC commissions. More than 40,000
submissions were received from the public during the process, generating some 1,200 ideas.
They were finalised at the Executive Board meeting in October 2014, after presentations by the
chairs of the 14 Working Groups.
For further information, please refer to the full document provided to you in advance of the 127th
IOC Session, which contains details and context as well as the recommendations.
After the IOC 127th IOC Session, the IOC Executive Board will have the task of determining the
priorities for the implementation of the recommendations.
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20+20 Recommendations to shape
the future of the Olympic Movement
1. Shape the bidding process as an invitation …………………………………………………………. 4
2. Evaluate bid cities by assessing key opportunities and risks ………………………………….. 5
3. Reduce the cost of bidding ……………………………………………………………………………….. 6
4. Include sustainability in all aspects of the Olympic Games ……………………………………. 7
5. Include sustainability within the Olympic Movement’s daily operations ……………………. 7
6. Cooperate closely with other sports event organisers …………………………………………… 8
7. Strengthen relationships with organisations managing sport for people
with different abilities ……………………………………………………………………………………….. 8
8. Forge relationships with professional leagues ……………………………………………………… 8
9. Set a framework for the Olympic programme ………………………………………………………. 9
10. Move from a sport-based to an event-based programme ………………………………………. 9
11. Foster gender equality ……………………………………………………………………………………. 10
12. Reduce the cost and reinforce the flexibility of Olympic Games management ………… 10
13. Maximise synergies with Olympic Movement stakeholders ………………………………….. 10
14. Strengthen the 6th Fundamental Principle of Olympism ……………………………………….. 11
15. Change the philosophy to protecting clean athletes ……………………………………………. 11
16. Leverage the IOC USD 20 million fund to protect clean athletes …………………………… 11
17. Honour clean athletes …………………………………………………………………………………….. 11
18. Strengthen support to athletes ………………………………………………………………………… 12
19. Launch an Olympic Channel …………………………………………………………………………… 13
20. Enter into strategic partnerships ………………………………………………………………………. 13
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21. Strengthen IOC advocacy capacity ………………………………………………………………….. 13
22. Spread Olympic values-based education ………………………………………………………….. 13
23. Engage with communities ……………………………………………………………………………….. 14
24. Evaluate the Sport for Hope programme …………………………………………………………… 14
25. Review Youth Olympic Games positioning ………………………………………………………… 14
26. Further blend sport and culture ……………………………………………………………………….. 15
27. Comply with basic principles of good governance ………………………………………………. 16
28. Support autonomy …………………………………………………………………………………………. 16
29. Increase transparency ……………………………………………………………………………………. 16
30. Strengthen the IOC Ethics Commission independence ……………………………………….. 17
31. Ensure compliance ………………………………………………………………………………………… 17
32. Strengthen ethics …………………………………………………………………………………………… 17
33. Further involve sponsors in “Olympism in Action” programmes ……………………………. 17
34. Develop a global licensing programme ……………………………………………………………… 18
35. Foster TOP sponsors’ engagement with NOCs ………………………………………………….. 18
36. Extend access to the Olympic brand for non-commercial use ………………………………. 18
37. Address IOC membership age limit ………………………………………………………………….. 19
38. Implement a targeted recruitment process ………………………………………………………… 19
39. Foster dialogue with society and within the Olympic Movement ……………………………. 20
40. Review scope and composition of IOC commissions ………………………………………….. 20
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Recommendation 1
Shape the bidding process as an invitation
Introduce a new philosophy: the IOC to invite potential candidate cities to present an
Olympic project that best matches their sports, economic, social and environmental longterm
planning needs.
1. The IOC to introduce an assistance phase during which cities considering a bid will be advised
by the IOC about bid procedures, core Games requirements and how previous cities have
ensured positive bid and Games legacies.
2. The IOC to actively promote the maximum use of existing facilities and the use of temporary
and demountable venues.
3. The IOC to allow, for the Olympic Games, the organisation of preliminary competitions outside
the host city or, in exceptional cases, outside the host country, notably for reasons of
sustainability.
4. The IOC to allow, for the Olympic Games, the organisation of entire sports or disciplines outside
the host city or, in exceptional cases, outside the host country notably for reasons of geography
and sustainability.
5. The IOC to include in the host city contract clauses with regard to Fundamental Principle 6 of
the Olympic Charter as well as to environmental and labour-related matters.
6. The IOC to make the Host City Contract (HCC) public.
7. The HCC to include details of the IOC’s financial contribution to the OCOG.
8. Respect third-party legal interests by making contractual elements available on an “inconfidence”
basis.
9. The IOC to accept other signatories to the HCC than the host city and the NOC, in line with the
local context.
10. The IOC to provide the HCC at the outset of a given bid process.
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Recommendation 2
Evaluate bid cities by assessing key opportunities and
risks
The report of the Evaluation Commission to present a more explicit risk and opportunity
assessment with a strong focus on sustainability and legacy.
1. Introduce into the existing 14 Candidate City evaluation criteria a new criterion entitled:
The Athletes’ Experience.
2. The IOC to consider as positive aspects for a bid: the maximum use of existing facilities and the
use of temporary and demountable venues where no long-term venue legacy need exists or
can be justified.
3. The IOC, in collaboration with Olympic Movement stakeholders, to define core requirements for
hosting the Olympic Games. The field of play for the athletes to always be state-of-the-art for all
competitions and to form part of the core requirements.
4. The IOC to clarify the elements for the two different budgets related to the organisation of the
Olympic Games: long-term investment in infrastructure and return on such investment on the
one hand, and the operational budget on the other hand. Furthermore, the IOC contribution to
the Games to be further communicated and promoted.
5. The Candidate City Briefing to include an in-camera discussion between the IOC members and
the IOC Evaluation Commission.
6. The Commission to benefit from third-party, independent advice in such areas as social,
economic and political conditions, with a special focus on sustainability and legacy.
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Recommendation 3
Reduce the cost of bidding
The IOC to further assist Candidate Cities and reduce the cost of bidding.
1. The Candidate Cities to be allowed to attend and make presentations only to:
• IOC members during the Candidate City Briefing,
• ASOIF/AIOWF respectively. This presentation may be combined with the Candidate City
Briefing,
• ANOC General Assembly preceding the vote,
• IOC Session at which the host city is elected.
2. The IOC to bear the following costs:
• costs incurred in relation to the visit of the IOC Evaluation Commission,
• travel and accommodation for six accredited delegates for the Candidate City Briefing to
IOC Members in Lausanne,
• travel and accommodation for six accredited delegates for the Candidate City briefing to the
ASOIF/AIOWF respectively,
• travel and accommodation for six accredited delegates for the ANOC General Assembly,
• travel and accommodation for 12 accredited delegates for the IOC Session at which the
host city is elected.
3. Publication of the Candidature File to be in electronic format only.
4. The IOC to create and monitor a register of consultants/lobbyists eligible to work for a bid city.
Formal acceptance of the IOC Code of Ethics and Code of Conduct by such
consultants/lobbyists as a prerequisite for listing in the register.
5. The IOC to give access to bid cities, upon their request, to the Olympic Channel, if the creation
of such Channel is approved.
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Recommendation 4
Include sustainability in all aspects of the Olympic
Games
The IOC to take a more proactive position and leadership role with regard to sustainability
and ensure that it is included in all aspects of the planning and staging of the Olympic
Games.
1. Develop a sustainability strategy to enable potential and actual Olympic Games organisers to
integrate and implement sustainability measures that encompass economic, social and
environmental spheres in all stages of their project;
2. Assist newly elected Organising Committees to establish the best possible governance for the
integration of sustainability throughout the organisation;
3. The IOC to ensure post-Games monitoring of the Games legacy with the support of the NOC
and external organisations such as the World Union of Olympic Cites (UMVO).
Recommendation 5
Include sustainability within the Olympic Movement’s
daily operations
The IOC to embrace sustainability principles:
1. The IOC to include sustainability in its day-to-day operations
• The IOC to include sustainability in its procurement of goods and services, as well as
events organisation (meetings, conferences, etc.).
• The IOC to reduce its travel impact and offset its carbon emissions.
• The IOC to apply the best possible sustainability standards for the consolidation of its
Headquarters in Lausanne.
2. The IOC to engage and assist Olympic Movement stakeholders in integrating sustainability
within their own organisation and operations by:
• developing recommendations,
• providing tools, e.g. best practices and scorecards,
• providing mechanisms to ensure the exchange of information between Olympic
stakeholders,
• using existing channels, such as Olympic Solidarity, to help and assist in implementing
initiatives.
3. To achieve the above, the IOC to cooperate with relevant expert organisations such as UNEP.
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Recommendation 6
Cooperate closely with other sports event organisers
Cooperate closely with other sports event organisers:
1. The IOC and the International World Games Association (IWGA) to closely cooperate regarding
the sports programme composition and their respective evaluations.
2. The IOC and the International Masters Games Association (IMGA) to study the possibility for
Olympic Games host cities to benefit from an option to organise the Masters Games in the
years following the Olympic Games.
3. The IOC to consider including a “sports lab” or sports initiation programmes as part of the
Olympic Games or Youth Olympic Games to trigger youth involvement and benefit the host
community.
Recommendation 7
Strengthen relationships with organisations managing
sport for people with different abilities
Strengthen relationships with organisations managing sport for people with different
abilities, with a view to exploiting synergies in all possible areas, including:
• Technical assistance
• Communication activities
• Promotion of events via the Olympic Channel
Recommendation 8
Forge relationships with professional leagues
Invest in and forge relationships with professional leagues and structures via the respective
International Federations with the aim of:
• Ensuring participation by the best athletes
• Recognising the different nature and constraints of each of the professional leagues
• Adopting the most appropriate collaboration model on an ad-hoc basis in cooperation with
each relevant International Federation.
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Recommendation 9
Set a framework for the Olympic programme
Set limits for accreditations:
1. The IOC to limit the number of athletes, officials and events for the Games of the Olympiad to
approximately:
• 10,500 athletes
• 5,000 accredited coaches and athletes’ support personnel
• 310 events
2. The IOC to limit the number of athletes, officials and events for the Olympic Winter Games to
approximately:
• 2,900 athletes
• 2,000 accredited coaches and athletes’ support personnel
• 100 events
3. The IOC to study ways in which the overall number of other accreditations at the Olympic
Games can be reduced.
Recommendation 10
Move from a sport-based to an event-based
programme
Move from a sport-based to an event-based programme:
1. Regular reviews of the programme to be based on events rather than sports, with the
involvement of the International Federations, and with the following restrictions to be respected:
• For the Games of the Olympiad: approximately 10,500 athletes, 5,000 accredited coaches
and athletes’ support personnel, and 310 events,
• For the Winter Games, approximately 2,900 athletes, 2,000 accredited coaches and
athletes’ support personnel, and 100 events.
2. The IOC Session to decide on the inclusion of any sport (IF) in the programme.
3. The IOC to allow the OCOGs to make a proposal for the inclusion of one or more additional
events on the Olympic programme for that edition of the Olympic Games.
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Recommendation 11
Foster gender equality
Foster gender equality
1. The IOC to work with the International Federations to achieve 50 per cent female participation
in the Olympic Games and to stimulate women’s participation and involvement in sport by
creating more participation opportunities at the Olympic Games.
2. The IOC to encourage the inclusion of mixed-gender team events.
Recommendation 12
Reduce the cost and reinforce the flexibility of
Olympic Games management
Reduce the cost and reinforce the flexibility of Olympic Games management
1. The IOC to establish a transparent management procedure for any change of requirements,
regardless of its initiator, in order to reduce costs.
2. The IOC with the stakeholders to systematically review the level of services, Games
preparation and delivery, with a view to containing cost and complexity. Regular proposals will
be made in this respect.
3. The IOC to consider the provision of turnkey solutions for OCOGs in areas which require highly
specific Olympic expertise.
Recommendation 13
Maximise synergies with Olympic Movement
stakeholders
Maximise synergies with Olympic Movement stakeholders to ensure seamless organisation
and reduce costs.
1. The IOC to enhance the role of the International Federations (IFs) in the planning and delivery
of the Olympic competitions, including the study of transferring technical responsibilities from
the OCOGs to the IFs.
2. The IOC to focus the role of the IOC Coordination Commission on key issues and validation of
service levels.
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Recommendation 14
Strengthen the 6th Fundamental Principle of Olympism
The IOC to include non-discrimination on sexual orientation in the 6th Fundamental
Principle of Olympism.
Recommendation 15
Change the philosophy to protecting clean athletes
The IOC’s ultimate goal is to protect clean athletes
Recommendation 16
Leverage the IOC USD 20 million fund to protect clean
athletes
The IOC to use its extra USD 20 million “Protection of clean athletes” fund:
1. USD 10 million to develop robust education and awareness programmes on the risks of matchfixing,
any kind of manipulation of competitions and related corruption.
2. USD 10 million to support projects offering a new scientific approach to anti-doping.
Recommendation 17
Honour clean athletes
Honour clean athletes who are awarded an Olympic medal following a doping case:
1. Formal ceremonies to be organised for medal-winners who receive their Olympic medal
following the disqualification of a competitor.
2. The ceremony to be properly communicated by all parties concerned.
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Recommendation 18
Strengthen support to athletes
Strengthen support to athletes:
1. The IOC to put the athletes’ experience at the heart of the Olympic Games.
2. The IOC to further invest in supporting athletes on and off the field of play.
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Recommendation 19
Launch an Olympic Channel
The IOC to launch an Olympic Channel.
Recommendation 20
Enter into strategic partnerships
The IOC to open up to cooperation and network with competent and internationally
recognised organisations and NGOs to increase the impact of its programmes.
Recommendation 21
Strengthen IOC advocacy capacity
Strengthen IOC advocacy capacity:
• The IOC to advocate to intergovernmental organisations and agencies.
• The IOC to encourage and assist NOCs in their advocacy efforts.
Recommendation 22
Spread Olympic values-based education
Spread Olympic values-based education
1. The IOC to strengthen its partnership with UNESCO to include sport and its values in school
curricula worldwide.
2. The IOC to devise an electronic platform to share Olympic values-based education
programmes of different NOCs and other organisations.
3. The IOC to identify and support initiatives that can help spread the Olympic values.
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Recommendation 23
Engage with communities
Engage with communities:
1. Create a virtual hub for athletes.
2. Create a virtual club of volunteers.
3. Engage with the general public.
4. Engage with youth.
Recommendation 24
Evaluate the Sport for Hope programme
Evaluate the Sport for Hope programme:
1. The IOC to evaluate the success and impacts of the Sport for Hope programme over the next
two to three years and, in the meantime, limit the programme to the two existing centres in Haiti
and Zambia.
2. The IOC to develop a sustainable operational model for the two existing Sport for Hope centres
and invite other NGOs to contribute their particular areas of expertise, with the goal of having
the centres become self-sufficient, managed and operated by another entity, and no longer
reliant on the direct heavy investment and support of the IOC.
3. The IOC to define further strategy of investment in locally adapted grassroots sport facilities,
building on the experience and lessons learned from the Olympafrica model.
Recommendation 25
Review Youth Olympic Games positioning
The IOC to review with the stakeholders the positioning of the Youth Olympic Games.
1. The IOC Executive Board to set up a tripartite commission with the NOCs and IFs to review in
depth the vision, mission, positioning, sports programme, Culture and Education Programme
(CEP), protocol, organisation, delivery and financing of the Youth Olympic Games, and to come
back to the IOC Session for final discussions and decisions.
2. The IOC to move the organisation of the YOG to a non-Olympic year, starting with the 4th
Summer Youth Olympic Games, to be postponed from 2022 to 2023.
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Recommendation 26
Further blend sport and culture
Further strengthen the blending of sport and culture at the Olympic Games and in-between.
1. At Games time:
• Create the Olympic Laurel award for outstanding contributions to Olympism (culture,
education, development and peace) at every edition of the Olympic Games. The award
ceremony to take place during one of the ceremonies. The recipient of the “Olympic Laurel”
to be nominated by a jury including independent highly respected personalities.
• Study the development of an Olympic House to welcome the general public to engage in a
dialogue with the Olympic Movement.
• Study an “Olympic Museum on the move” concept to introduce Olympic culture to the
general public in the context of the torch relay, live sites and/or the Cultural Olympiad.
• Develop an artists-in-residence programme.
2. Between Olympic Games:
• Study how to develop an impactful commissioned artists programme to engage a steady
and authentic interaction with global cultural players and build a dynamic legacy.
• Encourage NOCs to appoint an “attaché” for Olympic culture.
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Recommendation 27
Comply with basic principles of good governance
All organisations belonging to the Olympic Movement to accept and comply with the Basic
Universal Principles of Good Governance of the Olympic and Sports Movement (“PGG”).
1. Such compliance to be monitored and evaluated. Supporting tools and processes can be
provided by the IOC in order to help organisations become compliant with the principles of good
governance, if necessary.
2. Organisations to be responsible for running self-evaluation on a regular basis. The IOC to be
regularly informed of the results of the organisations’ self-evaluations. In the event of missing
such information, the IOC to request such an evaluation at its discretion.
3. The “PGG” to be updated periodically, emphasising the necessity for transparency, integrity
and opposition to any form of corruption.
Recommendation 28
Support autonomy
The IOC to create a template to facilitate cooperation between national authorities and
sports organisations in a country.
Recommendation 29
Increase transparency
To further increase transparency
1. The financial statements of the IOC to be prepared and audited according to the International
Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), even if these higher standards are legally not required
from the IOC.
2. The IOC to produce an annual activity and financial report, including the allowance policy for
IOC members.
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Recommendation 30
Strengthen the IOC Ethics Commission independence
The Chair and the members of the IOC Ethics Commission to be elected by the IOC Session.
Recommendation 31
Ensure compliance
The IOC to establish within the administration a position of a compliance officer, to:
1. Advise the IOC members, IOC staff, NOCs, IFs and all other stakeholders of the Olympic
Movement with regard to compliance.
2. Give advice on new developments with regard to compliance.
Recommendation 32
Strengthen ethics
The IOC Ethics Commission to review the Code of Ethics and its Rules of Procedure to be
fully aligned with the Olympic Agenda 2020 drive for more transparency, good governance
and accountability.
Recommendation 33
Further involve sponsors in “Olympism in Action”
programmes
The IOC to adopt measures for TOP Partners to be integrated into the funding, promotion
and implementation of IOC “Olympism in Action” activities and to strengthen sponsors’
recognition in this respect.
1. The IOC to define specifically which “Olympism in Action” programmes would help drive the
Olympic brand
2. The IOC to streamline “Olympism in Action” initiatives behind a few core ones which sponsors
can “anchor” onto and which align with the central vision of “building a better world through
sport”.
3. The IOC to review and understand what partnering with each TOP can offer in terms of
furthering the IOC “Olympism in Action” goals.
4. TOP Partners to be engaged by IOC TMS to co-construct future “Olympism in Action”
initiatives.
5. Enhance recognition of partners’ involvement in “Olympism in Action” programmes.
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Recommendation 34
Develop a global licensing programme
The IOC to develop a global licensing programme, placing the emphasis on promotion
rather than on revenue generation.
Recommendation 35
Foster TOP sponsors’ engagement with NOCs
The IOC to create a programme in view of increasing engagement between TOPs and NOCs.
1. The IOC to adapt tailor-made measures to increase TOP local activation and synergies with
NOCs. Support individual NOCs and sponsors in developing and increasing sponsorship
activations on a local level using the NOCs’ assets.
2. The IOC to create IOC Marketing Seminars for NOCs in collaboration with Olympic Solidarity
and ANOC to provide information on Olympic marketing and best practices. The seminar
programme for all NOCs will enhance and develop the marketing and servicing capabilities of
NOCs to engage with sponsors to better support and maximise sponsorship activations. The
existing training pool for NOCs will be a key component of the seminar programme.
3. The IOC to consider contractual obligations to be included in TOP Partner agreements to
facilitate TOP engagement with NOCs.
Recommendation 36
Extend access to the Olympic brand for noncommercial
use
Extend access to the Olympic brand for non-commercial use.
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Recommendation 37
Address IOC membership age limit
Address IOC membership age limit:
• The IOC Session, upon the recommendation of the IOC Executive Board, may decide a
one-time extension of an IOC member’s term of office for a maximum of four years, beyond
the current age limit of 70.
• This extension to be applied in a maximum of five cases at a given time.
• The Nominations Commission to be consulted.
Recommendation 38
Implement a targeted recruitment process
Move from an application to a targeted recruitment process for IOC membership:
1. The Nominations Commission to take a more proactive role in identifying the right candidates to
fill vacancies in order to best fulfil the mission of the IOC.
2. The profile of candidates to comply with a set of criteria – to be submitted by the Nominations
Commission to the IOC Executive Board for approval -, inter alia:
• The IOC’s needs in terms of skills and knowledge (e.g. medical expertise, sociological
expertise, cultural expertise, political expertise, business expertise, legal expertise, sports
management expertise, etc.)
• Geographic balance, as well as a maximum number of representatives from the same
country
• Gender balance
• The existence of an athletes’ commission within the organisation for representatives of
IFs/NOCs
3. The IOC Session to be able to grant a maximum of five special case exceptions for individual
members with regard to the nationality criteria.
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Recommendation 39
Foster dialogue with society and within the Olympic
Movement
Foster dialogue with society and within the Olympic Movement:
1. The IOC to study the creation of an “Olympism in Action” Congress that would take the pulse of
society every four years:
• Bring together representatives of the Olympic Movement, its stakeholders and
representatives of civil society.
• Engage in a dialogue with representatives from all walks of life and backgrounds on the
role of sport and its values in society.
• Discuss the contribution of the Olympic Movement to society in fields such as education,
cohesion, development, etc.
2. The IOC to turn the Session into an interactive discussion among IOC members on key
strategic topics, with interventions from external guest speakers.
Recommendation 40
Review scope and composition of IOC commissions
1. The President to review the scope and composition of the IOC commissions, to align
them with the Olympic Agenda 2020.
2. The IOC Executive Board to determine the priorities for implementation of the
recommendations.
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November 18, 2014

Assistant Coaches named for the 2015 USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team Program

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball announced today the complete coaching staff for the USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team (JWNT) for competitions in 2015. With Tairia Flowers (Tucson, Ariz./ head coach at Cal State Northridge) at the head of the Junior Women’s program, joining Flowers as the assistant coaches for the JWNT staff are Trisha Ford (Fremont, Calif./head coach at Fresno State), Kristie Fox (San Diego, Calif./head coach at UT- Arlington) and Tim Walton (Cerritos, Calif./head coach at University of Florida). This marks Ford’s second season on the USA Softball Junior Women’s Coaching staff while Fox and Walton each make their first appearance as members of the USA Softball coaching staff.

 

“I am thrilled to have these three as a part of the staff,” said Flowers. “As both players and coaches they have proven that they know the game and can get it done at a high level. It’s an honor in itself to be a part of this program, and with this great group I can’t be more excited for what’s to come in the 2015 season.”

 

Ford previously served nine years on the coaching staff at Stanford before taking over the Fresno State softball program in 2013. In her two seasons at the helm of the Bulldog’s program, Ford has led the team to a 61-45 record and finished second in the Mountain West Conference. In 2013 as a member of the USA Softball JWNT staff, Ford served as the pitching coach, helping the U.S. to an 8-1 record and silver medal finish at the International Softball Federation (ISF) Junior Women’s World Championship.

 

Going into her third season as the Head Coach at the University of Texas at Arlington, Fox has led the Mavericks to a 46-61 record the past two seasons. A former All-American and two-time NCAA National Champion at Arizona, Fox was a member of the 2003 USA Softball JWNT that earned silver at the ISF Junior Women’s World Championship in Nanjing, China. She also was a member of the USA Elite Team that earned Gold at the World University Games in Taiwan in 2006.

 

Serving as the Head Coach at the University of Florida since 2006, Walton has led the Gators to several accolades, including an overall 492-114 record. Under his leadership, Florida became the first Southeastern Conference (SEC) squad to earn four-consecutive NCAA Women’s College World Series (WCWS) berths and he led the program to its first NCAA WCWS National Championship in 2014.

 

Twenty-two athletes have received invitations to the 2015 USA Softball JWNT Selection Camp, scheduled for January 3-4 at Bill Barber Park in Irvine, Calif. Those athletes who accept their invitations will compete in a series of practices and exhibition games in hopes of making the final 17-player roster that will compete at the World Cup of Softball X in Southern California and the ISF Junior Women’s World Championship in Oklahoma City, Okla. The complete 2015 schedule for the JWNT, including exhibition games, will be announced at a later date.

 

ASA/USA Softball will also hold an open tryout opportunity for players hoping to make the 2015 USA Softball JWNT. Held January 2, 2015 at Bill Barber Park, eligible athletes have from now through December 5 to sign up and submit payment through USASoftball.com for the open tryout, which will involve a series of softball related skill drills for each position, hitting and bunting. The top athletes from the open tryout will be selected to participate at the USA Softball JWNT Selection Camp along with the list of invited athletes.

 

For all of the latest information on all of the USA Softball Junior Women’s National Teams visit www.USASoftball.com.

11-9-2014 The Berlin Wall

THE BERLIN WALL

Berlin death strip

The Wall dividing East and West Berlin came down 25 years ago, but when I first climbed a platform over looking the Wall in 1972, the Wall was the very symbol of Cold War tensions. I first went through Check Point Charlie in 1972, using a civilian passport. I later entered through another means and saw much more of East Berlin from the Euro Tower, the ground beneath the former Reich chancellery, Gestapo headquarters, etc..

Several memories emerged today as I witnessed television scenes of the area which has been redeveloped. The first stark impressi0on is the killing field, where so many East Germans were shot trying to escape to the West.

My first encounter with the Vopos and then the Stasi, the intelligence agency, came as I moved through the clearance process. No questions asked by the Americans on the West side; I had my son with me, and said I wanted to show him Brandenburg, where my great grandfather lived.
But the Stasi focused on my name, which is Prussian, asking about relatives and would I attempt to smuggle them out. I patiently explained that I knew of no relatives anywhere in German and presume that all contact ended on August 14, 1914. Why I was asked; the first World War! (Same question was asked after my second trip, this time by the CIA, who got the same answer.)

I recalled a dinner conversation at the Hotel Berlin with a former German officer; we discussed Montomery’s foolish plan, called Market Garden. This officer had served at Arnehm under General Bittrich whose panzers overwhelmed the British First Airborne. With respect to East Berlin, this officer predicted that the two cities would merge, or the West Germans might take it back.

His comments pressed on the central issue: whether they live in East or West, the people are Berliners first and foremost, a truism John Kennedy recognized in his famous speech, Ich bin ein Berliner.”

Politics aside, I was impressed by two developments in the East.

Despite a struggling economy, the East Berliners had restored the Pergamon, a world famous museum which housed an ancient Persian city of that name. Much of the building, the courtyards, temples and statues, had been destroyed by Allied bombs. Painstakingly, artisans had restored Pergamon, quite literally piece by piece.

Outside, workmen were replanting the linden trees on Unter den Linden. I did not know my great grandfather but when I discussed Berlin with my father, he was certain Der Alte, the old one, would have been pleased.

I was also impressed by the obvious love Berliners have for their city which they enjoy immensely, then and now. The serenity of their central park, the Grunewald, is matched only by the peace park in Singapore.

The stark reality of the Reichstag has also stayed in memory. I have visited the three major collections in the world telling the story of the Holocaust – Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, the Holocaust Memorial in Washington, and the voluminous displays in the Reichstag. Not an apology, simply the historical facts of the macabre campaign to eliminate the Jewish people, told in aching, often gruesome detail. . I have also visited Auschwitz and Dachau but the full impact of the Holocaust is captured and reflected in these three collections.