The Athletes’ Rights and Responsibilities Declaration (Athletes’ Declaration) is a historic athlete-driven initiative, developed by athletes and for athletes through a worldwide consultation process. Led by a 20-strong athlete representative Steering Committee, it has been shaped by 4,292 elite athletes from 190 countries and more than 120 sports disciplines.
Its overarching goal is to further support athletes — no matter their sport, age, gender or nationality, by outlining a common set of aspirational rights and responsibilities for athletes within the Olympic Movement. It covers topics such as anti-doping, integrity, clean sport, career, communications, governance, discrimination, due process and protection from harassment and abuse.
A two-stage athlete survey has been at the core of this process − firstly with Athletes’ Commissions and athlete representatives, to obtain in-depth and quality feedback from athlete representatives globally. The results of this first survey shaped the first draft of the Athletes’ Declaration, as well as the second stage survey. Additionally, and in parallel, there has been stakeholder consultation to ensure that the document is meaningful and has a positive impact for athletes globally. Learn more about this exciting global journey and its inclusive consultation with athletes, from its initiation in early 2017, through its various stages, here.
ATHLETES’ DECLARATION DOCUMENT
The Athletes’ Declaration was presented to and adopted by the 133rd IOC Session (9 October 2018) in Buenos Aires on behalf of the Olympic Movement and is also referenced in the Olympic Charter, signifying its important status within the Olympic Movement. The three sections of the document – the Preamble, Athletes’ Rights and Athletes’ Responsibilities can each be seen by clicking on the buttons below. Please note that the document should be read ‘as a whole’.
Athletes and their interests are integral to the Olympic Movement. This Declaration outlines a common set of aspirational rights and responsibilities for athletes within the Olympic Movement and within the jurisdiction of its members. It is inspired by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other internationally recognised human rights standards, principles and treaties. Its objective is to guide the Olympic Movement’s actions.
All members of the Olympic Movement, particularly the International Olympic Committee, the International Sports Federations and the National Olympic Committees, will strive to promote respect for these rights and responsibilities. They are encouraged to develop mechanisms for effective remedies related to these rights and responsibilities, and athletes are encouraged to make use of these mechanisms.
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It is being developed to benefit athletes globally – it is important to amplify the voices of athletes to empower and protect them. Athletes are at the heart of sport, and we want to continue our drive to strengthen support to you.
Reflective of a thorough engagement and collaboration with athletes across the sports movement, the project addresses the most relevant issues athletes face today, including integrity and clean sport; governance and communication; career and marketing; safeguarding; and sports competition.
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.
“It’s all athletes joined together to create a document that represents all our voices and allows us to feel supported.”
“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.”
“I think this 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.”
“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.”
ABOUT THE 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 Athletes’ Declaration.