HELP MAKE THIS THE BIGGEST EVER SURVEY OF ATHLETES

The Athlete Charter of Rights and Responsibilities(Athlete Charter) aims to articulate the rights of athletes, and their responsibilities, in an inspirational yet straightforward document developed through an inclusive process. The goal is a body of fundamental principles that are both universal and flexible enough to adapt to athletes’ needs across the full range of sports and countries.

Currently organised around five key topics, the draft Athlete Charter addresses the most relevant issues athletes face today. These include: 1) Integrity and Clean Sport, 2) Governance and Communication, 3) Career and Marketing, 4) Safeguarding, and 5) Sports Competition.

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It is an athlete-driven initiative, developed by athletes, for athletes. Its development is a step-by-step and collaborative process with all stakeholders, with the content of the Athlete Charter driven by listening to athlete views worldwide. The Athlete Charter Steering Committee invites elite-level athletes throughout the world to share their voice and contribute to a second-phase survey that will continue to shape this important document. This aims to become the world’s largest athlete-focused survey ever commissioned. This is an unparalleled opportunity to shape one of the most important conversations in sport and to further define the Athlete Charter. Sign up to share your voice.

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3 REASONS WHY YOU NEED TO TAKE PART
Empower Athletes

The Athlete Charter is in development to benefit athletes globally, and it is important to amplify the voices of athletes to empower and protect them. Let us know what matters most to you. Athletes are at the heart of sport, and we want to continue our drive to strengthen support to you.

Tackle Key Issues

Reflective of a thorough engagement and collaboration with athletes across the sports movement, the Athlete Charter addresses the most relevant issues athletes face today, including integrity and clean sport; governance and communication; career and marketing; safeguarding; and sports competition.

Shape the Future

With your help, we aim to address your rights as athletes. This is an unparalleled opportunity to shape one of the most important conversations in sport and to further define the Athlete Charter.  

WHAT ATHLETES ARE SAYING
Abhinav Bindra

“I would urge and encourage all athletes to get involved in the process of the creation of the athletes charter and complete the survey.  This is truly a historic moment and to make sure that the charter truly reflects the sentiments and thoughts of all athletes it is imperative that all athletes get actively involved.”

 

Chelsey Gotell

“I’m proud to be part of the Athlete Charter because it gives all athletes a voice, it gives them rights, and it gives them the opportunity to be part of the Olympic and the Paralympic Movement.”

Sarah Walker

“The part of the Athlete Charter that excites me the most is that we all get to develop this together. It’s not just my voice; it’s all athletes joined together to create a document that represents all our voices and allows us to feel supported.”

Kirsty Coventry

“I think that the Athlete Charter is a fantastic opportunity for athletes to share their voice and make their voices heard, resulting in a set of key principles to help athletes understand their rights, roles and responsibilities in the world of elite sport.”

Tony Estanguet

“This is our time. This is the right time to get a strong and united collective voice to represent athletes. One of the biggest challenges for athletes is to be well-informed, so the Charter will communicate widely to all athletes in the world.”

Kady Tounkaral

“It’s essential that athletes not only have a voice, but also take part in the decision-making process, especially in Africa, so we can achieve higher results and have higher standards and better conditions for athletes to stay on our continent and contribute to developing more sports.”

James Tomkins

“We’re developing this right from the ground up. It’s going to involve the responsibilities of the athletes, the rights of the athletes, and everything that goes along with that.”

Kady Tounkaral

“It’s essential that athletes not only have a voice, but also take part in the decision-making process, especially in Africa, so we can achieve higher results and have higher standards and better conditions for athletes to stay on our continent and contribute to developing more sports.”


KEY THEMES OF THE ATHLETE CHARTER

The key themes of the athletes’ rights are defined – at present – and outlined below in the draft Athlete Charter by 19 additional principles, while athletes’ responsibilities are spelled out in 16 specific statements.

INTEGRITY and CLEAN SPORT

Rights

  • Right to compete in a fair and clean competition
  • Right to transparency and fairness in all athlete issues
  • Right to due process (including right to be heard before an impartial panel)

Responsibilities

  • To compete as a clean athlete at all times (including by complying with rules and regulations regarding anti-doping and manipulation of competitions)
  • To promote clean sport
  • To behave ethically
  • To actively engage and contribute to transparent processes
GOVERNANCE and COMMUNICATIONCAREER and MARKETINGSAFEGUARDINGSPORTS COMPETITIONRESPONSIBILITIES – OVERARCHING PRINCIPLES

Rights

  • Right to compete in a fair and clean competition
  • Right to transparency and fairness in all athlete issues
  • Right to due process (including right to be heard before an impartial panel)

Responsibilities

  • To compete as a clean athlete at all times (including by complying with rules and regulations regarding anti-doping and manipulation of competitions)
  • To promote clean sport
  • To behave ethically
  • To actively engage and contribute to transparent processes

If you have any thoughts you want to share with us at any stage, please get in touch via athlete365@olympic.org.

ABOUT THE ATHLETE CHARTER STEERING COMMITTEE

The Steering Committee, assembled by the IOC Athletes’ Commission, is composed of 20 athlete representatives from across the Olympic Movement: 10 from the International Federations, five from the Association of National Olympic Committees, one from the International Paralympic Committee, one from the World Olympians Association and three from the IOC Athletes’ Commission. This Steering Committee is responsible for leading the project, spearheading its assembly and overseeing the delivery of the final Athlete Charter.