Become a member of the Athletes’ Declaration Steering Committee

Following the adoption of the Athletes’ Rights and Responsibilities Declaration at the IOC Session in Buenos Aires in October 2018, the Steering Committee responsible for advising on the implementation of the Athletes’ Declaration is looking for two new Athletes’ Commission Chairs from International Federations to continue its historic work.

IOC Athletes’ Commission Chair and Steering Committee Member Kirsty Coventry said: “This is an amazing project to work on, driven by a group of committed athlete representatives from across the world. As we continue the adoption and implementation stage, we would like to invite applications from Olympic International Federations’ Athletes’ Commissions to join us to complement our existing membership. We are excited to continue to work together on this, whilst welcoming new representatives with fresh ideas.”

The Athletes’ Declaration covers topics such as anti-doping, integrity, clean sport, career, communications, governance, discrimination, due process and protection from harassment and abuse. Moving forward, the work of the Steering Committee will be to champion the implementation, including collating best practices, supporting engagement and developing review methods.

The two successful applicants will join a group of athlete representatives from the IOC, International Federations, the Association of National Olympic Committees and the World Olympians Association.

Chairs from International Federations’ Athletes’ Commissions (AC) who wish to be considered as part of this Steering Committee should send their CV, supporting letter (outlining their motivation for applying and stating what skills and expertise they believe they could bring to the Committee), a supporting letter from their International Federation and their AC term end date, to the IOC Head of Athlete Relations and Engagement, Kaveh Mehrabi, at by 19 November 2019.

The Steering Committee will be selected from the applications received, accounting for a balance and diversity in gender, sports, regions and expertise.

The length of service on the Steering Committee will be until 2021, and therefore AC term end dates will be considered during the application process.

Expected duties of membership include:

  • Participating in video conference meetings (approximately every two months or as needed)
  • Developing guidelines for the Olympic Movement stakeholders to support the Athletes’ Declaration implementation
  • Supporting engagement with stakeholders across the Olympic Movement 
  • Providing input and advice on the endorsement, adoption, and implementation of the Athletes’ Declaration across the Olympic Movement  
  • Developing, conducting and evaluating the review method for the Athletes’ Declaration. 

The Committee will report directly to the IOC Executive Board and the IOC Session through its IOC Athletes’ Commission members.  

Should you wish to discuss this position further, or if you have any questions, please contact


In order to join the Steering Committee responsible for advising on the implementation of the Athletes’ Declaration (the “Steering Committee”), the applicant will need to provide certain personal data in the CV (including information such as family name, given name, gender, date of birth, sport, discipline/event, sport career, professional career), and other information such as a supporting letter (collectively the “Applicant’s Data”).

The IOC will use the Applicant’s Data for the following purposes:

  • Assessing and confirming the applicant’s eligibility to the Steering Committee;
  • Organising the selection procedure;
  • Selecting the two applicants who will join the Steering Committee;
  • Maintaining records of applicants participating in the selection

Information about candidates will be processed on the basis of the IOC’s legitimate interests to carry out its mission pursuant to the Olympic Charter, and, in particular, to organise the Steering Committee’s members selections, and more generally to ensure the protection of its legal rights and interests.

Applicant’s Data will be processed in accordance with the present privacy notice and the terms of the IOC’s Privacy Policy, available here, in that order of precedence.

The IOC may share the information with third parties that provide IT services and other services to the IOC. Some recipients may be based in countries that do not provide in their laws for a level of protection of privacy equivalent to that applied within the European Economic Area and Switzerland. Before transferring data from Switzerland or the European Union to such countries, the IOC will implement safeguard mechanisms recognised by Swiss and European regulators, such as standard contractual clauses, or seek the express consent of the candidate.

The IOC will retain and process the Applicant’s Data for no longer than necessary for the above-mentioned purposes and/or authorised by applicable laws. Unsuccessful candidates’ information may be retained for a reasonable period, but for no longer than six months after the selection.

Applicant’s Data shall be accurate, complete and up to date.

The IOC will implement technical and organisational measures to protect Applicant’s Data against the risks of unauthorised access, damage, destruction or theft, as required by applicable laws.

Applicants have the right, in accordance with the law, to request access to their data, to request the deletion or correction of any erroneous or incomplete data and to object to their use. For these purposes or for any question related to the processing of the information, the IOC Data Protection Officer can be contacted through the IOC dedicated portal.

Any complaint in relation to the processing of personal data that has not been addressed within a reasonable deadline can be addressed to the Office of the Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner, Feldeggweg 1, CH – 3003 Bern, Switzerland,