International Olympic Committee
The International Olympic Committee is the supreme authority of the Olympic Movement. The IOC, created in 1894, is a non-governmental organization with headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. The IOC promotes the Olympic Movement, whose vision is to contribute to building a peaceful and better world by educating youth through sport. In addition to selecting the host city and coordinating the staging of the Olympic Games, the IOC collaborates with a range of organizations and their members in the public and private sectors to place sport at the service of society. The main goal is to promote the values of Olympism, which include excellence, respect and friendship. The IOC President is Jacques Rogge.
The IOC, as the guardian of the Olympic Games, assists and monitors the work of the Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games through the work of the Coordination Commission. It consists of 14 people headed by the Chairman Jean-Claude Killy. The Commission visits the host city once a year until four years prior to the Games. Four years prior to the Games, the visits become twice yearly and continue until the Games are held. The Commission’s full meetings are supplemented by the regular visits of smaller IOC teams involving the Commission Chairman, selected members of the Commission and members of the IOC administration.