IOC already at work on implementing Bach's reforms

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) IOC leaders have begun work on implementing a new bidding process and launching an Olympic television channel.

The International Olympic Committee said Friday that President Thomas Bach chaired meetings in Lausanne on applying some of the key changes approved on Monday in Monaco.

The IOC says ''it is critical we utilize the momentum and energy we have created ... and start implementing right away.''

The bid process for the 2024 Olympics opens Jan. 15 with a new ''invitation phase'' for potential candidates to discuss their plans with the IOC.

Former NBC Sports chairman Dick Ebersol attended meetings on the digital TV channel as an unpaid special adviser. The channel is designed to promote Olympic sports in the years between the games.

Ebersol says ''there is much more opportunity today'' to reach wide global audiences.

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