The 2009 Olympic Congress will identify the current status and the challenges lying ahead for the Olympic Movement and for the first time the general public can submit their views on the topics under consideration.
International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques ROGGE laid down the challenges for the next Olympic Congress, to be held in October 2009 in Copenhagen, Denmark, as: taking the pulse of the Olympic Movement; analyzing its strengths and weaknesses; evaluating the opportunities and the risks it faces. Since the previous Congress, the Centennial Olympic Congress held in Paris in 1994, the world has changed dramatically and while the main concern at the previous Congress was to ensure the integration of all the constituents of the Olympic Movement, the challenge will be quite different in 2009.
Since 1994, the rapid development of communications technology has allowed the IOC to introduce a much broader public consultation process for 2009. The virtual Olympic Congress was officially launched at the start of this year, and now any member of the general public can gives their views on the five key topics under consideration in Copenhagen. A guiding concept links all the themes chosen for this Olympic gathering: the role of the Olympic Movement in society and in all regions of the world.
"This is an exciting time for the Olympic Movement,"
declared ROGGE in launching the virtual Congress. "Modern communication methods have made it possible for us to tap into the views and opinions of those outside the immediate Olympic family. We feel it is critical to take on board the views of the public when considering the future path of the Olympic Movement. I hope that the public consultation process will encourage people to be forthcoming with their insights and ideas".
The information gathered through the virtual Congress will form the basis of discussions at the 13th Olympic Congress held in Copenhagen. Members of the public can submit their contributions via the following link: www.2009congress.olympic.org
. More information on the submission guidelines can also be found at this address. The deadline for submissions is 31 December 2008.
The public consultation process is designed to "take the pulse" of the general public on the following themes:
Theme 1: The athletes
Relationship between the athletes, the clubs, federations and the NOCs
Health protection in training and competition
The social and professional life of athletes during and after elite competition
Theme 2: The Olympic Games
How to keep the Games as a premier event
The Olympic values
Universality and developing countries
Theme 3: The structure of the Olympic Movement
The autonomy of the Olympic Movement
Good governance and ethics
The relationships between the Olympic Movement and its stakeholders
Theme 4: Olympism and Youth
Moving towards an active society
Is competitive sport still appealing?
Youth sports events
Theme 5: The digital revolution
A new management of sports rights
How to increase the size of the sports audience
Communication with stakeholders in the digital age
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