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Working groups meet on Bach's Olympic roadmap

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 16, 2014 at 12:44 pm •  Published: June 16, 2014

LONDON (AP) — IOC President Thomas Bach's roadmap for the Olympic movement will begin to take shape this week.

Bach summoned 14 working groups to meet at IOC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, to start discussing recommendations for "Olympic Agenda 2020," his strategic blueprint for the future.

The meetings began Monday and continue through June 24.

Each working group consists of International Olympic Committee members, athletes, representatives of international federations, national Olympic committees, and outside experts.

The groups will look at contributions submitted by Olympic officials as well as from the public.

"There were thousands of submissions on different themes," the IOC said in a statement Monday.

Among the key issues are proposed changes to the bidding process for hosting the games and the procedure for deciding which sports are on the Olympic program.

Also being discussed are a proposed Olympic TV channel, anti-doping efforts, ethics issues and the structure of the IOC membership.

Bach is also looking at ways of reducing the cost of hosting the Olympics, which has come under scrutiny after Russia spent $51 billion on the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi.

The IOC is considering reinstating visits to bid cities by IOC members, raising the 70-year age limit for members and adding more flexibility to the sports program, something which could allow for baseball and softball to be added to the program of the 2020 Tokyo Games.

The discussions come at a crucial time for the IOC as it seeks to encourage interest from prospective future host cities.

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