Lausanne, 15 December 2021 (TDI): The 10th Olympic Summit was convened by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) at the Olympic House in Lausanne. The meeting was held remotely through a videoconference.
The Olympic Summit was chaired by the President of the IOC, Thomas Bach. It was attended by the leading representatives of the Olympic Movement. The Summit included the ongoing dialogue and consultation on issues of importance for the future of the Olympic Movement.
The Summit firmly supported the stance of the IOC with regards to the politicization of the Olympic Games and sport. IOC declared that the organization is against any politicization. It emphasized the need for the political neutrality of the IOC, the Olympic Games as well as the entire Olympic Movement.
The IOC organized the Summit to discuss various issues pertaining to the Olympic movement and to express support for IOC’s stance in the wake of countries announcing a diplomatic boycott of the upcoming Winter Olympic Games in Beijing.
The attendees discussed the final preparations for the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022. A series of test events were conducted to assess the preparation. During the Summit, the UN Member States that adopted the Olympic Truce Resolution were appreciated.
It was emphasized that the political neutrality of the IOC, the Olympic Games, and the entire Olympic Movement must be upheld.
Earlier, the President of the United States (US), Joe Biden had announced that the US will boycott the sports event. Later, the United Kingdom (UK), Australia, and Canada followed suit.
Although the athletes of these countries will participate, the officials representing Australia, the US, the UK, and Australia will not attend. The 2022 Winter Olympics is an international mega winter sports event and will be held in China from 4 to 20 February 2022.