IOC President Dr Thomas Bach welcomed IAKS President Dr Stefan Kannewischer in Lausanne on 7 June 2017. Accompanied by IAKS Secretary General Klaus Meinel, Dr Stefan Kannewischer spoke about the latest developments within the IAKS and its expanding international network.
IOC President Dr Bach showed interest in the changing focus within the IAKS towards social and economic issues. The IOC considers the sustainability of sports programs and of sports infrastructure a key issue for the future viability of urban societies.
The excellent cooperation between the IOC and IAKS dates back to the early nineties, when then IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch first assumed patronage of the IAKS Congress – a tradition which still continues to this day. The IOC awarded the IAKS “IOC Recognized Organization” status in 1998, before becoming involved in the IAKS international architecture award for the first time in 1999. Since then, this has been awarded every two years as the “IOC/IAKS Award for Exemplary Sports and Leisure Facilities”.