The President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, has significantly increased the number of women nominated to an IOC commission. This change comes from the 127th IOC Session in Monaco during December of 2014.
The IOC reviewed the scope and composition of the IOC commissions, which was one of the 40 recommendations approved at the Monaco session. The changes are a direct result of the reforms stemming from the implementation of the Olympic Agenda for 2020.
Since he was elected two years ago, Bach has increased the number of women elected to commissions by 49%. A third of the places on the commission, 32%, are now held by women. In addition to adding spots on the commission for women, he has also increased the numbers of members from Africa and Oceania. The number of chair persons from Africa and Asia now account for 34 percent of the commission.
Another major change is that representatives from major stakeholders in the Olympic Movement, such as the United Nations, will now be represented in the commissions. They want to initiate an open and inclusive consultation process early on in the discussions of the 2020 Olympic Agenda.
“These changes are another major step in the implementation of Olympic Agenda 2020, the strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement,” said IOC President Thomas Bach. “They demonstrate the close dialogue with our stakeholders and society at large, with whom we started this process nearly two years ago. The increase of women’s participation and the broader geographical representation will encourage more inclusive decision making.”