IOC and OECD launch guidelines for major event-hosting challenges
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have launched new guidelines to help organising committees to manage the complexities of hosting major sporting events.
Following the recent publications concerning measuring the long-term impacts of global events, the ‘Guidelines on the Effective Delivery of Infrastructure and Associated Services in the Context of the Olympic Games’ covers specific challenges such as institutional set-up, organisation management, sustainability and legacy, stakeholder and citizen participation, and programme management.
Additionally, the guidelines include good practices from previous and current Games organisers, and lessons learned from large infrastructure projects. Input has been provided by the Organising Committees for the Olympic Games (OCOGs) of Paris 2024, Milano Cortina 2026 and Los Angeles 2028, as well as the Organising Committee for the 2026 Youth Olympic Games in Dakar.
Accompanying the guidelines is an online toolkit, which will offer practical resources to support organisers, including a checklist to strengthen their delivery. This checklist can be applied to various contexts, from large infrastructure projects to international events.
The guidelines and online toolkit have been developed jointly by the IOC and OECD over the last three years.
In 2019, the IOC and OECD signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at strengthening their collaboration on promoting ethics, integrity and good governance, as well as the sustainable development in sport.