The World Selection Committee (WSC) selects athletes who will represent their countries at the Olympic Games. They select athletes based on age-related criteria, as well as performance in international competitions and national and regional championships.
The Committee is made up of 24 members. Most of them are central bank governors or ministers of finance, but a number of countries appoint their representatives from amongst the ranks of their government and its executive.
Athletes with a strong international pedigree and a high floor score are likely to make the team. For example, Simone Biles, a six-time Olympic medalist and a two-time gold medalist in the all-around, is an obvious candidate for the women’s team.
In addition to the age-related criteria, World Selection Committees also look at an athlete’s competition experience and the ability to perform difficult events. This is particularly true for the younger athletes, who will be competing at their first world championships.
An important part of the World Selection Committee is its Chair, who is selected from amongst the candidates by the Secretariat. Once a proposal has been received, the Chair will work with the other committee members to reach a consensus on the best way to approach it.
It is a requirement that all members of the selection committee and Sport Performance staff participating in the process adhere to USA Cycling’s Principles of Ethical Conduct and Conflict of Interest Policy. Additionally, all individuals with a conflicted interest in the decision-making process must disclose their conflicts of interest to USA Cycling’s independent Ethics Committee before being allowed to participate.
While the IMFC operates by consensus, a chair may be elected for a term of three years. Currently, Nadia Calvino of Spain is the current IMFC Chair.
The IMFC has been chaired by a number of different people, but the IMFC’s size and composition have remained consistent. Since 2007, the IMFC has consisted of 24 central bank governors or ministers of finance, including a representative from each of the 190 member countries of the IMF.
One of the main functions of the Development Committee is to advise the Boards of Governors of the IMF and World Bank on the transfer of resources to developing countries. The Committee usually meets twice a year following the IMFC meetings.
FIFA’s Standing Committees Report to the Council
The seven standing committees of FIFA report to the Council, which is responsible for strategic oversight of FIFA and the general secretariat. Their composition and structure, as well as their specific duties and powers, are set out in the FIFA Governance Regulations.
Each standing committee has a separate agenda and is subject to a different budget. They may be aided by a staff member or may be entirely independent.
They are the only bodies in FIFA that have their own budget and are not dependent on the general secretariat for funding. They are an integral part of the governance of FIFA and serve as a valuable source of information.