Athletes, we want to hear from you.

We want to know what matters to you. You, as athletes, are at the heart of sport, and we want to continue our drive to strengthen support to you.

For that reason, athlete leaders from across the Sports Movement are working together to create an “Athlete Charter of Rights and Responsibilities”.

We want to engage and collaborate with you, to ensure your voices are fully represented and to understand issues that are important to you. With your help, we aim to address your rights as an athlete and create an Athlete Charter that expresses and protects your needs.

 

Join the conversation, by signing up using the short form below. In due course, we will send you a survey to capture your opinions and ideas. Your participation is really important to us, to ensure the successful delivery of this project, which will help benefit athletes worldwide.

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Key Themes of the Athlete Charter

Reflective of a thorough engagement and collaboration with athletes across the sports movement, the Athlete Charter addresses the most relevant issues athletes face today. It is currently organised around five key topics – integrity and clean sport; governance and communication; career and marketing; safeguarding; and sports competition. More specifically, the key themes of the athletes’ rights are further 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.

This is an unparallelled opportunity to shape one of the most important conversations in sport and to further define the Athlete Charter. Sign up  below to share your voice.

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 COMMUNICATION

Rights

  • Right to athlete representation, in all athlete-related matters
  • Right to be informed, with timely and clear communication
  • Right to access protected whistleblowing programmes
  • Right to gender equality
  • Right to data privacy (within the context of anti-doping rules)

Responsibilities

  • To report unethical behavior
  • To seek information and be informed and educated
  • To comply with relevant data protection rules and regulations

CAREER and MARKETING

Rights

  • Right to a dual career
  • Right to access educational materials on athlete issues
  • Right to use images (as per the rules of the sport/event)

Responsibility

  •  To comply with the rules regarding the use of images of the sport/event

SAFEGUARDING

Rights

  • Right to be protected from any form of discrimination
  • Right to physical and mental health support
  • Right to be protected from any type of abuse and harassment
  • Right to a safe competition and training environment

Responsibility

  • To respect the well-being of other athletes, their entourage, volunteers and all others working in the sport/event

SPORTS COMPETITION

Rights

  • Right to compete (where qualification criteria are met, and as per team/delegation selection rules)
  • Right to a fair competition and training schedule
  • Right to a fair and transparent selection/qualification process
  • Right to compete against every athlete

Responsibilities

  • To uphold rules and values of the sport
  • To compete against all athletes and give the best performance

RESPONSIBILITIES – OVERARCHING PRINCIPLES

  • To respect the rights of all athletes
  • To uphold the Olympic values – friendship, respect and excellence
  • To promote sport as a role model
  • To respect the solidarity principle in sport
  • To adhere to the Fundamental Principles of Olympism as written in the Olympic Charter, namely Principles 4 and 6:
  • Principle 4: “The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practicing sport, without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play.”
  • Principle 6: “The enjoyment of the rights and freedoms set forth in this Olympic Charter shall be secured without discrimination of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, sexual orientation, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.”

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

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