As the culmination of Agenda 2020 moves ever closer, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach will outline the importance of sport at the 15th Summit of French-speaking nations in Dakar.
Agenda 2020, described as a strategic roadmap for the future of the Movement, will be discussed and voted on by the full IOC membership at the 127th IOC Session on December 8 and 9 in Monaco.
Bach, the first IOC President to attend the bi-annual Summit and the only guest among around 40 heads of state and Government, will discuss the significance of the Movement in shaping an active youth and building lasting peace, as well as the role that sport can play in society.
The Montreal 1976 Olympic gold medal-winning fencer will reaffirm the need for the IOC to maintain its independence while ensuring a continuous dialogue with the world's political leaders.
As part of today and tomorrow's Summit in the Senegalese capital, Bach will award the highest distinction of the Movement, the Olympic Order in gold, to the former President of the Republic of Senegal and current secretary general of the International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF), Abdou Diouf, who is nearing the end of his term of office.
The OIF represents one of the biggest linguistic zones in the world and Diouf has been praised by Bach for his work and commitment in promoting the French language within Olympism.
The Summit will conclude with the election of a new secretary general of the OIF.
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