chapter  Chapter 9
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The IOC, governance, and the Bidding Process

ByJohn Horne, Garry Whannel

This chapter examines the nature of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and its relationship to the other components of international sport, the political economy of the Olympic movement, and the changing politics of the bidding process. Hence a number of the 40 recommendations in Agenda 2020 related to these concerns: for example, complying with the basic principles of good governance, supporting autonomy and increasing transparency, shaping the bidding process as an invitation, reducing the cost of bidding, and including sustainability in all aspects of the Olympic Games. The Olympic Foundation is chaired by the IOC president, while an IOC Olympic Museum in Lausanne, which former president Juan Antonio Samaranch established, acts as a universal repository of the written, visual, and graphic memory of the Olympic Games.