Olympic officials had planned to spend two days discussing and voting on a long list of reforms contained in their "Olympic Agenda 2020," but they needed only Monday to unanimously approve the 40 recommendations.
Strong support for the package at a meeting in Monaco represented a victory for Thomas Bach, president of the
"Now that you have approved all 40 recommendations, you can see the whole picture. It is a picture of progress," Bach said, calling the quick vote "a very, very positive surprise."
Among the most-significant reforms:
-- The IOC will seek to make the bidding process more informal and less expensive after several cities withdrew from consideration for the 2022
-- The IOC will create a digital television channel devoted to Olympic sports between the Winter and Summer Games.
-- The Olympic Charter will expand its nondiscrimination wording to include sexual orientation, a move the follows considerable debate over Russia's anti-gay propaganda laws at the 2014 Sochi Games.
Other recommendations call for increased transparency in IOC business, a stronger code of ethics and further consideration of the age limit for members, which is currently set at 70 years old.
Bach praised the 96 members in attendance for reaching an agreement.