Join the IOC Athletes’ Commission

The latest IOC Athletes’ Commission (AC) election will be held at next year’s Games as four new members are voted in. Here, IOC AC Chair Kirsty Coventry provides an update on everything you need to know about the election, and how you can put yourself forward for nomination.

  • Four athletes from four different sports will be elected at Tokyo 2020.
  • NOCs with an athlete already on the Commission are not eligible to put forward a candidate.
  • Deadline for submitting candidature file is 9 September.

With less than one year to go until the start of Tokyo 2020, it is important to remember that the Games represent an opportunity for you, the athletes, to have a direct say on the issues related to your sport, as well as the future direction of the Olympic Movement, through the IOC Athletes’ Commission election.

This summer, the IOC officially launched the candidature process for this election as it commits to the Olympic Agenda 2020 pledge to put athletes at the heart of the Olympic Movement.

As is the case at every edition of the Games, if you decide to stand, you will be one of four athletes from four different sports to be elected onto the Commission, as voted by your fellow peers. You will also be put forward for election as an IOC Member by the IOC Session, for a term of eight years.

Making our voices heard

There are a total of 17 members on the Commission, and the four newly elected representatives will replace the outgoing athletes, including myself, whose terms come to an end in Tokyo.

As someone who has proudly sat on the Commission since 2012 – first as a member and then as Chair from February 2018 – I cannot recommend highly enough the value of getting involved with such an important aspect of the Olympic Movement and championing the voice of the athletes to ensure we are all properly represented.

If you are interested in becoming a member, take a look at the IOC AC Regulations and the IOC AC Election Procedure to get a better idea of the composition of the Commission and the criteria for joining. Remember, if you belong to an NOC that already has an elected athlete on the Commission, you will not be eligible to stand as a candidate for next year’s election.

Building a better Movement

The deadline for your NOC to nominate you as a candidate for the election is Monday, 9 September 2019. You should work with your NOC to complete the candidature file, before returning it to the IOC.

Ahead of the athletes’ vote at Tokyo 2020, there will also be a review of all candidature files, an ethics and doping background check and a review by the IOC Members Election Commission, while the IOC Executive Board will conduct its own review of the candidate list. This process will take place between September and December of this year.

The future growth and success of the Olympic Movement depends on a strong and principled IOC Athletes’ Commission. You can play your part by standing for election at next year’s Games.


In the Olympic spirit,

Kirsty Coventry

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To find out more, take a look at the IOC AC Regulations and the IOC AC Election Procedure.