posted at 20:50
Author Name: Tim Witcher
IOC members set to consider revolutionary reforms
The International Olympic Committee executive board and its full membership will over five days consider 40 proposals to curtail the cost of the Olympic Games while adding more sports without increasing athlete numbers. Bach, who will also announce the launch of an Olympic television channel at the Monaco meeting, says the IOC must act now to protect "The uniqueness of the Olympic Games." Under his Agenda 2020, joint bids from different cities and even countries could be considered to stage the Olympic Games. The new digital Olympic TV channel would operate worldwide, 365 days a year aiming to get the IOC message across during the long months when there is no summer or winter games. "These 40 recommendations are like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle," said 60-year-old Bach, who won team fencing Olympic gold for the then West Germany in the 1976 Games in Montreal. "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 2012 London Olympics was widely hailed as a success and the summer Games remains a huge money earner with US channel NBC paying $7.75 billion for the broadcasting rights to the next six Games. With the football finals expected to be moved to the winter months, Bach has repeatedly warned his FIFA counterpart Sepp Blatter - who is an IOC member - against a clash with the Winter Olympics in January-February.

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