November 2020: IOC Athletes’ Commission update
Kirsty Coventry provides some key updates from the recent meetings of the IOC Athletes’ Commission (AC) and the joint meeting with the IOC Executive Board, which were held as part of IOC Commissions Week.
- The IOC AC met virtually on 30 October and 6 November to discuss Tokyo 2020 preparations and the Rule 50 consultation, among other topics.
- The Commission also had the opportunity to present its recent work to the IOC EB on 11 November, and discuss key issues related to athletes.
- Get in touch if you have any questions or feedback by emailing us at Athlete365@olympic.org or by using the Athlete365 community app.
It has been a busy year for the IOC Athletes’ Commission. On 30 October and 6 November, we met virtually as a Commission to discuss key topics, and on 11 November we held our annual joint meeting with the IOC Executive Board (EB). We are the only IOC commission which meets with the IOC EB directly, which is a demonstration of how athletes are part of every decision the IOC is taking.
Tokyo 2020 update
With the health and safety of athletes being one of the key principles in the delivery of the Olympic Games, we discussed – firstly as a Commission, and then with the IOC EB – the importance of delivering the Olympic Games in a safe environment while preserving the athlete experience. This position was fully embraced by all the IOC AC members and has been the key consideration every step of the way.
In this respect, we also appreciate and support the need to be flexible in all areas of requirements and operations, in order for the Games to be safe for everyone and, importantly, to allow them to take place. This means that, as athletes, we will have to be flexible, like everyone else, in our expectations regarding what would normally be in place at the Games.
During our joint meeting with the IOC EB, we were updated with the latest developments and the possible COVID-19 countermeasures necessary to protect the health of all Tokyo 2020 participants. These countermeasures have been grouped into seven areas: travel/country access; physical distancing; personal protective equipment/cleaning; food and beverage; testing/tracking/isolating; information provision; and vaccines.
The IOC is working closely with the International Federations, National Olympic Committees (NOCs), the Organising Committee and other bodies in order to receive vital input as part of an ongoing review of the best practices and key learnings taken from the resumption of sporting events in Japan and around the world.
Rule 50 consultation
We discussed among our Commission members the ongoing athlete consultation process around Rule 50 and athlete demonstrations, and discussed our survey, to be launched later this month on Athlete365.
The survey will focus on exploring additional ways for you to express views during the Olympic Games, while respecting the Olympic spirit and the neutrality of sport and the Olympic Games.
Additionally, we provided an update to the IOC EB on the Rule 50 consultation, highlighting the valuable qualitative feedback that we’ve gathered so far from our meetings with a number of NOC ACs, and outlining our plans and timelines for the survey.
I was also delighted to provide an update for our Commission members and the IOC EB on Athlete365, including the milestone of passing 100,000 athlete and entourage registrations to our platform.
Many programmes, webinars and courses have been made available to you this year on Athlete365, covering key topics such as mental health and career transition, and helping to grow and support our community during this difficult time. I encourage you to explore our range of programmes designed to help you on and off the field of play, from career planning with an Intel mentor to a free subscription to well-being app Headspace.
We will continue to keep you updated on the developments regarding Tokyo 2020, and look forward to sharing the Rule 50 consultation with you later this month. Please share these communications with your fellow athletes, and do get in touch if you have any questions or feedback by emailing us at Athlete365@olympic.org or by using the Athlete365 community app.
In the Olympic spirit,