A Steering Committee of 20 athlete representatives from around the world, assembled by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Athletes’ Commission, today released the initial components of an #AthleteCharter to address and protect the fundamental rights and responsibilities of athletes throughout the world.

The current draft of the Athlete Charter has been shaped with the input of almost 200 athlete representatives. Today marks the next phase of the Athlete Charter development, whereby the Steering Committee is inviting elite-level athletes worldwide to share their voice and contribute to a second-phase survey that will continue to shape this important document. This aims to become the world’s largest athlete-focused survey ever commissioned.

The Athlete Charter is in development to benefit athletes globally – it is more important than ever to amplify the voice of athletes and empower and protect them. It is built upon a bedrock of fundamental principles that are both universal and flexible enough to adapt to athletes’ needs across a full range of sports and countries. It will be an ongoing and ever-evolving document, which will integrate updates even after its release, to ensure continuous relevance and applicability for athletes globally.

Empowering athletes
“It’s about empowering athletes to succeed in their sport, making sure their voices are heard, and ensuring they have the best possible opportunities during and after their competitive careers,” said Sarah Walker, Olympic medal-winning BMX racer and Chair of the 20-member Steering Committee.

The Athlete Charter was discussed with a diverse group of more than 100 athlete representatives from the Olympic Movement at the IOC International Athletes’ Forum in November 2017. A subsequent, first-round survey was completed by nearly 200 athlete representatives to establish themes and types of rights and responsibilities to be included in the Athlete Charter.

The Steering Committee is composed of 20 athlete representatives from across the Olympic Movement, with ten from 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 AC.

Tackling key issues
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 – 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 to share your voice.

To follow or join the conversation on social use the hashtags #ShareMyVoice and #AthleteCharter