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Date : 03 Dec 2018
Tokyo, Japan, December 3, 2018:The IOC will be significantly increasing the number of Young Change-Makers (YCMs) on its Commissions for 2019, IOC President Thomas Bach announced on the final day of the three-day IOC Youth Summit taking place in Tokyo.
During the last IOC Youth Summit in Lausanne in 2017, seven YCMs were included on the IOC Commissions and played a vital role in the Olympism in Action Forum this October.
The IOC Youth Summit brought together 39 of the 42 Young Change-Makers who have been provided with seed funding (CHF 5000) in 2018 to establish social projects using sport to impact their local communities in the year ahead.
Some 70 projects have been established that has impacted 25,000 participants since it was introduced in 2016. The group met over three days hosted by TOP Partner Panasonic, the programme sponsor, in Tokyo to learn from each other and share ideas on their programmes.
IOC President Bach said: “I would like to inform you that we will significantly increase the number of YCMs in the IOC Commissions for 2019. This is your home to present your ideas, your projects and make your comments. Let’s join forces to make the world a better place through sport.”
YCM Rania Rahardja from Singapore said: “We have a voice now within the Olympic Movement that is getting louder and louder. This is a Movement that needs to stay relevant and this is how we can help. Our meeting with the President is to discuss the issues that matter to us and having this diversity of young voices heard.”
Since the programme was established at the inaugural YOG Singapore 2010 a network of 280 Young Change Makers has been established around the world spreading the values of Olymism.
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