Nearly 4,000 athletes will be focused on competing for podium places in Buenos Aires, but education has always been an important part of the Youth Olympic Games (YOG), and this year’s will be no different.
Unfortunately, harassment and abuse in sport does occur, which is why it’s important that you’re aware of its different forms, how it can be prevented, and what you should do it you’ve witnessed or been affected by it.
At the YOG, the Safe Sport booth will be available to help you navigate what can be a difficult area. Here, we outline everything you need to know about the safeguarding provisions at the YOG, from what’s going on in the booth to the channels of reporting you need to know about.
Where is the Safe Sport booth?
You’ll be able to find the Safe Sport booth in the Athlete365 Space, in the heart of the Youth Olympic Village. The booth will be near to both the dining hall and the official YOG photo booth, so it’ll be hard to miss!
When can I visit it?
Any time! In fact, it’s the only Athlete365 Space booth that’s going to be available for the entirety of the Games. The booth will be open between 10 am and 10 pm from the 2nd to the 18th October, right up until the Closing Ceremony.
Who will be there?
The booth will be manned at all times by a group of safeguarding experts, led by IOC Safeguarding Officer Susan Greinig and including previous victims of harassment and abuse in sport. They will be joined by members of the Buenos Aires 2018 volunteer team, along with a number of Athlete Role Models (ARMs) who will be on hand to offer advice, guidance and an athlete perspective.
What should I expect?
There will be a range of activities on offer, including informative tablet apps and games, a giant Connect4 set and even a colouring wall where you can add your own flash of design to the booth. Resources will be available in multiple languages, while the staff, ARMs and volunteers will also be very happy to have a chat.\
Why should I go?
The Safe Sport booth is a space for all: a positive, relaxed and comfortable environment where you can interact with other athletes and some experts in the field. Secondly, it’s a fantastic opportunity to educate yourself about how to address harassment and abuse, as well as what your responsibilities are in terms of preventing and reporting it. Not only that, but YOGGER points will be on offer – as well as some free gifts!
How should I report any cases of harassment or abuse?
If you seen or experienced any form of harassment or abuse, the best thing you can do is to let someone know – no matter how big or small it may seem. There are a number of channels you can use to do this, all of which will be detailed at the Safe Sport booth. The IOC Safeguarding Officer is your first point of contact and will be on hand at the booth if there’s something you want to discuss. You can also use the IOC’s Integrity and Compliance hotline to report anonymously online, or you can speak to someone in your entourage who you trust and they will help from there.
For information and resources about the YOG Buenos Aires 2018, visit Athlete365’s ‘Get Ready Pack’ here