Olympic Medal Reallocation

Olympic Medal Reallocation principles provide athletes with a menu of options to receive their medals in a way that recognises their achievements once the decision to reallocate the medal has gone through the various stages of the reallocation procedures. 

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board approved the Olympic Medal Reallocation Principles that were presented by IOC Athletes’ Commission. This decision shows how highly the IOC value that special moment and demonstrates that the IOC is taking every possible step to ensure fair competition and recognise the achievements of clean athletes.

“This decision once again underlines how integral athletes are to the decision-making processes within the International Olympic Committee and the big strides that are being taken to restore trust across the Olympic Movement at large”, Kirsty Coventry, IOC Athletes’ Commission Chair.

The following are the options that athletes can now choose should they be reallocated a medal (see below for reallocation procedure). 

Six options for athletes  

The following six options are proposed to each athlete who can then choose their preference:

  1. The next Olympic Games (for reallocations from PyeongChang 2018 onwards)
  2. The Youth Olympic Games
  3. The IOC headquarters or Olympic Museum
  4. At a National Olympic Committee function
  5. At an International Federation event or function
  6. To have a private ceremony

Once their decision is confirmed, the IOC works with the National Olympic Committees of each athlete with the aim of completing the ceremony within 12 months, unless the athlete chooses to have the reallocation at the next Olympic Games.

Communication of the options of the Olympic Medal Reallocation Ceremony are provided to athletes through their NOCs. Their respective International Federation are also notified immediately after.

The ceremony must take place within 12 months of the official IOC announcement, or from PyeongChang 2018 onwards during the next edition of the Olympic Games. A reallocated medal from a Games of the Olympiad can only be awarded at the Games of the Olympiad and likewise for the Olympic Winter Games.  

Olympic Medal Reallocation infographic

Reallocation Procedure: 

In advance of the decision to reallocate a medal, the following steps will be taken:

  1. Exhaustion of all legal remedies.
  2. Where such samples are available, at least one sample from any athlete bumped up should be reanalysed and confirmed negative. If no sample is available to be re-analysed, then the athlete is given the benefit of the doubt.
  3. Athletes must return their original medals to obtain their new medals.
  4. There should be no lower limit on the original finish position of an athlete who could be considered for an Olympic medal reallocation.
  5. All final decisions will be taken by the IOC Executive Board with the International Federations being responsible for the final result and ranking of the Olympic competitions in accordance with the Olympic Charter.