The composition of the commissions of the International Olympic Committee for 2011 has now been finalised, and the details are available on the IOC website.
Ron Froehlich, President of the International World Games Association, continues as member of the Olympic Program Commission.
The role of the commissions is to guide the IOC and the Organizing Committees for the Olympic Games in their missions.
IWGA President Ron Froehlich continues as a member to the Olympic Program Commission. It is responsible for reviewing and analyzing the program of sports, disciplines and events, as well as the number of athletes in each sport, for the Games of the Olympiad and the Olympic Winter Games. The commission makes recommendations in this regard to the IOC Executive Board and presents reports to the IOC Session.
In November 2002, at the Session in Mexico City, the IOC decided to systematically review the composition of the sports program after each edition of the Olympic Games to ensure that its composition continues to be relevant and meet the expectations of future sporting generations. It was also decided to curb the growth of the Olympic programme, thus limiting the number of sports to 28 and the number of athletes to 10,500.
The Olympic Program Commission drafted a series of specific criteria aimed at evaluating sports and drawing up a more clearly defined procedure for the review of the Olympic programme. The list of evaluation criteria was ratified by the IOC Session in 2004. There are seven categories in which the 33 criteria are divided:
1. History and tradition
3. Popularity of the sport
5. Athletes’ health
6. Development of the IF