Federation of #GayGames submission to IOC Agenda 2020 initiative @Olympics #IOC2020



Marc Naimark, VP for External Affairs, Federation of Gay Games
Email: marc.naimark@gaygames.net
Phone: +33 1 74 30 99 45

Kelly Stevens, Officer for Communications, Federation of Gay Games
Email: kelly.stevens@gaygames.net

Federation of Gay Games responds to International Olympic Committee request

IOC seeking input on Agenda 2020 initiative

(San Francisco – 29 April 2014)The Federation of Gay Games published today its submission to the International Olympic Committee’s “Agenda 2020” initiative.

Agenda 2020 was launched in December 2013, when IOC president Thomas Bach announced that an extraordinary session of the IOC would be held one year later in Monte Carlo. Agenda 2020 is to be a roadmap for the Olympic Movement under his presidency.

As part of this initiative, Bach called on interested parties to provide input by 15 April. A variety of organizations have made submissions, including National Olympic Committees, International Federations, groups such as Human Rights Watch, and third-party sports groups such as the FGG, which held its first face-to-face meeting with Thomas Bach last November in Paris;

The FGG’s submission lays outs suggestions in two main areas: the Olympic Games, including host selection, and the Olympic Movement’s role in worldwide sport.

Marc Naimark, FGG vice president for external affairs, observed: “If, as stated in Principle 2 of the Olympic Charter, the ‘goal of Olympism is to place sport at the service of the harmonious development of humankind, with a view to promoting a peaceful society concerned with the preservation of human dignity’, then basic human rights must be respected by all parties to the Olympic Charter: the IOC, National Olympic Committees, International Federations, and Organizing Committees.” He added: “Just as the natural environment is now part of the selection process for Olympic hosts, the human environment must be considered in this most important choice.”

As part of this, the FGG proposed the following:

Suggestion 1 That an evaluation of the status of human rights, and in particular the existence of official and unofficial discrimination in a potential host country, should be part of the Olympic bidding process.
Suggestion 2 That the existence in a potential host country of legal discrimination on the basis of the criteria set out in the Olympic Charter disqualify potential host countries.
Suggestion 3 That the IOC include in its contractual documents with hosts appropriate mechanisms toenforce human rights commitments. The IOC must be at least as committed to respecting the human rights as it is to protecting intellectual property and marketing rights during the Olympic Games.
Suggestion 4 That the IOC incorporate the reforms proposed by the Atlanta Plus Committee with regard togender equality in the Olympics, in particular measures to ensure gender parity within Olympic disciplines, events, and national delegations.
Suggestion 5 Fundamental reform of gender identity policy, with an end to the current testosterone-based criteria for participation in women’s sport.

With regard to worldwide sport, the Federation’s female copresident Joanie Evans recalled: that the IOC is the nexus of world sport, bringing together groups representing a wide range of sporting activities via the member International Federations, and committees representing virtually the entire world via National Olympic Committees. She said: “Because the IOC leads, and in many cases determines, the policies and procedures of sport, including the respect for democracy in sports bodies, the fight against performance-enhancing drugs, and the participation of women in sport, it is the duty of the IOC to show leadership in promoting the values represented by its Charter, and which in principle apply to the full range of world sport.”

In that light, the FGG made the following suggestions:

Suggestion 6 The IOC should establish targets with mechanisms for enforcement to ensure greater presence of women in sports bodies, in NOCs, IFs, and organizing committees.
Suggestion 7 The IOC should serve as a rampart against discriminatory laws and practices in NOCs and IFs, in particular with regard to religious interference in the practice of sport by women, to laws discriminating against women and athletes based on their sexual orientation and gender identity, and to political interference in the practice of sport by all.
Suggestion 8 The IOC can demonstrate its commitment to sport for all by including language referring tosexual orientation and gender identity in the Olympic Charter, in line the Federation of Gay Games’ Principle 5 Campaign launched in 2010, accompanied by actions designed to show the world that this commitment goes beyond a change in language, and represents a real commitment to ensuring that sport for all is a reality around the world.

Kurt Dahl, male copresident of the FGG concluded: “The Federation of Gay Games assured Mr Bach that we are eager to continue the dialog begun last November. We fully support the values of the Olympic Charter, and hope that the outcome of Agenda 2020 will go beyond technical reforms and bring the Olympic Movement closer to the values of inclusive sport. We have invited Mr Bach to join us this August in Cleveland and Akron for the ninth edition of the Gay Games so that he can discover himself the world’s largest sport event open to all and the living example of our motto of ‘Participation, Inclusion, and Personal Best’.”