Lenny Abbey presented the plans of the International Olympic Committee for the future

Among the main discussions are sustainability, eSports, technology use, and the athlete at the center of the discussions

Lenny Abbey presented the plans of the International Olympic Committee for the future
Lenny Abbey em sua palestra no último dia do II Congresso Olímpico Brasileiro. Foto: Saulo Cruz/COB

The first lecture on the second and last day of the 2nd Brazilian Olympic Congress, on Sunday, the 20th, had at the center of the Main Stage the leader of engagement together with the National Olympic Committees of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Lenny Abbey. Under the theme 'Molding the future of Olympism and sport: the Olympic Agenda 2020+5', Lenny, who began his career at the Rio 2007 Pan American Games and speaks fluent Portuguese, presented the points of the document (listed below), showed how they are interrelated, and recalled the lecture by German futurist Gerd Lehonard, who opened the event on Saturday.

"I am very happy to be back in Brazil. I lived here for seven years, and my first child was born here. Much of what I am going to say is in line with Gerd's lecture on this stage on Saturday because we address a common subject: the future. When the Olympic Agenda 2020 was being finalized, the world was changing, and the Olympic Movement had the opportunity to be part of this change. The Agenda was built on top of three great pillars: sustainability, credibility, and youth", said Lenny, who presented to the participants that the IOC has been thinking of the future.

The Agenda 2020+5 is a recommendations document approved by the Executive Committee of the IOC to guide Olympic Sport up to 2025 and keep the Olympic Movement up-to-date with the trends of the world. Among the 15 items that compose the list, promoting sustainable Olympic Games and protecting clean athletes remain priorities. Another discussion is the interest of youths in the event. The IOC intends to take advantage of the popularity of the eSports market to promote the Olympic Values, supporting the International Federations in creating virtual and simulated forms of their respective sports. Lenny accounted that the first step was taken in June of last year.

"Due to COVID-19, we saw strong growth in the games industry and the opportunity to build a virtual event from the Olympic brand. We had the goal of leveraging the participation of games and strengthening the innovations in the Olympic Movement, combining physical and digital sport, attracting the public and assigning value. The first step was the Olympic Virtual Series", stated the IOC leader about the series of events aimed to gather virtual sport, athletes, and video game enthusiasts from all over the world.

Check out below the 15 recommendations of the Agenda 2020+5:

1) Strengthen the uniqueness and the universality of the Olympic Games

2) Foster sustainable Olympic Games

3) Reinforce athletes' rights and responsibilities

4) Continue to attract best athletes

5) Further strengthen safe sport and the protection of clean athletes

6) Enhance and promote the Road to the Olympic Games

7) Coordinate the harmonization of the sports calendar

8) Grow digital engagement with people

9) Encourage the development of virtual sports and further engage with video gaming 

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