The 131st IOC Session, in which FIS President Gian Franco Kasper participated in his capacities as IOC Member and IOC Executive Board Member closed on 15th September 2017 in Lima, Peru.
The Session, which is the general meeting of the members of the IOC and its supreme decision-making body, reached a number of key decisions, including awarding the organisation of the 2024 and 2028 Olympic Games to Paris and Los Angeles respectively, electing new IOC Members and Executive Board Members and appointing Milan (ITA) as the host of the 2019 IOC Session.
During the Session, there was one section dedicated to the half-time assessment of Olympic Agenda 2020, the strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement, designed to safeguard the uniqueness of the Olympic Games and strengthen the role of sport in society which was approved by the IOC Membership in November 2014. The Session took stock of the impacts and changes it is having on the IOC and the wider Olympic Movement.
In this context, FIS Secretary General Sarah Lewis was requested to present on behalf of the Association of International Olympic Winter Sport Federations the "Impact of Olympic Agenda 2020 from a Winter IF perspective" to the Session.
She commented: “For the Games management as a result of Olympic Agenda 2020, the role of the IFs is now better defined. This also brings in a level of consistency for the Organising Committees across the sports and disciplines, and for each edition of the Games.”
She continued: “This in no way stifles the development of local expertise as part of the workforce, as it is a key objective of the IFs to support and assist with the training of new experts and officials for future events in the organising country, in order to serve as another legacy of the Games. The process for the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games, with the Winter IFs actively supporting the Games management, is already in place and activities are well underway.”
Watch the full presentation here.
Another keynote speaker on the impact of Olympic Agenda 2020 at the IOC Session was FIS Council Member Roman Kumpost, who presented in his capacity as Vice President of the Czech Olympic Committee about Olympism in Action and their Olympic Festival.