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SPORT IOC explores future of the Olympics

The International Olympic Committee has published its long-awaited Olympic Agenda 2020 report – a strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement. Te report consists of 40

proposals aimed at transform- ing and “future proofing” the IOC and its operations. Varying from changes

to the bidding process and improving ethics to the launch of a new Olympic TV Channel, the proposals will be discussed and voted on by the full IOC membership at the 127th IOC Session on 9 December in Monaco. One of the key suggestions is to make

Te report has 40 recommendations to future proof the Olympics

the initial stages of the bidding process for Summer and Winter Olympic Games more attractive by adding an “invitational phase.” During the new process, first phase cit-

ies considering a bid will be advised about the opportunities an official bid offers – in particular to legacy and sustainability. Speaking at the launch of the Agenda 2020 document, IOC president Tomas Bach called

it the “culmination of a year of open, trans- parent and widespread debate and discussion”. He added: “These 40 recommendations

are like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. When you put them together, a picture emerges that shows the IOC safeguarding the uniqueness of the Olympic Games and strengthening sport in society.” To read the full report and recommendations, follow the link below. Details:

SNI launches mental health programme

Sport Northern Ireland (SNI) has launched a Mental Health and Wellbeing pilot pro- gramme, aiming to increase awareness of the importance of mental health among the region’s sports operators. Te scheme will “target all

aspects of positive mental health” from grassroots to high performance level and also help sports clubs and gov- erning bodies build a mental health support structure and education programme. Building on the success of

Te scheme will be supported by ex-Arsenal captain Tony Adams (far right)

the Sport Northern Ireland Mental Health Awareness initiative delivered in partnership with the Public Health Agency, the SNI pilot will deliver programmes that will have a direct impact on the coaching and playing population of sports clubs. SNI will work with a number of partners on the initiative, such as the charity Sporting Chance, founded by former Arsenal and England football captain Tony Adams. CEO Antoinette McKeown said: “To strengthen mental health resilience in the

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sporting community is an essential building block, but when a time comes that an indi- vidual asks for help, they need to receive this as quickly as possibly. Sport is a vital compo- nent in building resilience, both personally as well as within the club setting. Our programme aims to build mental resilience in our athletes and provide support when it is needed.” Te initiative will be rolled out in phases,

with the first starting in November 2014. Details:

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