"The Olympic Agenda 2020 is like a jigsaw puzzle," IOC President Thomas Bach said at the start of the two-day session. "Every piece, every recommendation, has the same importance. Only when you put all these 40 pieces together will you see the whole picture."
Initial discussions and voting in Monaco brought about approval of four significant changes:
-- The IOC will make its bidding process more informal to reduce costs, after several cities withdrew from consideration for the 2022
San Diego recently considered a joint bid with Tijuana.
"I think it is a step forward that the bidding cities will have the chance to focus on Games that work in the local context -- socially, economically and environmentally,” said
--The cap of 28 sports in the Games was dropped, paving the way for activities such as baseball and squash to return. Instead, the IOC will limit each edition of the Games to 10,500 athletes and 310 events, meaning that some existing sports would likely have to reduce the number of events.
-- The IOC will create a digital television channel devoted to Olympic sports between the Winter and Summer Games.
-- The Olympic Charter will expand its non-discrimination wording to include sexual orientation, a move the follows considerable debate over Russia's anti-gay propaganda laws at the 2014 Sochi Games.
Athlete Ally, which supports gay and transgender rights in sports, praised the decision.