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OLYMPIC REVIEW45 OLYMPIC CONGRESS THEME 3

46OLYMPIC REVIEW A central tenet of the Olympic Charter is that the administration and management ofsport should be controlled by independent sports bodies. Part of the role of sporting organisations is to take measures aimed at protecting the independence of the Olympic Movement. At the same time, these bodies must work closely with public and private organisations. How does the Olympic Movement ensure that conditions are in place to guarantee its independence, while ensuring that this process does not compromise valuable relations with relevant public or private bodies? What, furthermore, does the notion of " autonomy of the Olympic movement" actually represent towards the end of this first decade of the new millennium? From whom and in relation to what exactly should the Olympic Movement be autonomous? To what extent does the political, legal or financial dependence of the Olympic Movement's various branches in relation to outside bodies potentially conflict with their autonomy? And in what ways can the Olympic Movement best cooperate with different governments and supranational governmental organisations? This holds particular significance in matters such as the fight against doping, racism, and the promotion of a healthier lifestyle - all areas in which the IOC and the Olympic Movement rely on the goodwill and support of governments. After a meeting with the EU Commissioner for Education, Training, Culture and Youth, earlier in the year, IOC President Jacques Rogge said: " Organised sport is one of the biggest social movements in society, and its social, educational and health-promoting role is significant. At the same time sports organisations also need the support of the EU to tackle challenges like doping, irregular betting, racism and violence and to safeguard the Aboveand rightIOC President Jacques Rogge has made the fight against doping one of the priorities for the Movement Gado