International Olympic Committee (IOC)
Chairs: Matt Katz and Brian Kehoe
Topic A: Olympic Agenda, 2024
Every year the IOC puts together an agenda based on a series of recommendations made by the committee members. The agenda includes initiatives to support olympism, modify the games to make them truer to the Olympic spirit, and making key decisions like where to host the olympics and what events will be recognized. The first topic of discussion in this committee is the 2024 summer games Olympic agenda. Currently, the two cities contending for the honor of hosting the games are Paris (France) and Los Angeles (United States). The bidding to host the games originally began in 2015 with five countries, but Budapest, Hamburg, and Rome withdrew their bids. Hamburg voted down the possibility via referendum in 2015, Rome cited fiscal difficulties in 2016, and Budapest did not receive enough petition signatures to host the game and withdrew their bid in 2017. In order to ensure that the chosen cities are capable of hosting the games, the candidature process has three key steps that must be fulfilled before a city can become a viable candidate. Step One: Vision, Games Concept, and Strategy. Step Two: Governance, Legal, and Venue Funding. Step Three: Games Delivery, Experience, and Venue Legacy. In June, the IOC met in Switzerland to review proposals from France and Los Angeles and decided to vote on which city will host the olympics in 2024 and 2028 in a later meeting on September 13th in Peru. The city chosen for 2024 will also have to host the 2024 paralympic games, and the 2028 city will have to host the corresponding paralympic games.
Topic B: Corruption, Match Fixing, Doping
There has been a significant amount of corruption in recent Olympic games. In 2012, the United Kingdom’s legal betting ground served as a base for illegal bookmaking operations, resulting in the rise of match fixing. During the London Games, eight badminton players were accused of throwing their matches and were expelled from the games. Russia’s infamous doping scandal of 2014 made headlines when the country was accused of state-sponsored doping and almost caused the nation to be banned from the 2016 Summer Olympics (the IOC rejected this recommendation and opted to make decisions on an individual basis). There was also word of political corruption in Brazil during the 2016 Games regarding infrastructure development, where attention was not fully devoted to the security and efficiency of the Games.