IOC Athletes’ Commission Statement

The IOC Athletes’ Commission (AC) welcomes and supports the new dates agreed by the IOC, the IPC and the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad to be celebrated from 23 July to 8 August 2021, and for the Paralympic Games to be celebrated from 24 August to 5 September 2021.

We have been engaging with and actively collecting feedback from the athlete community every day. We have listened to your concerns and challenges in these uncertain times. We have regularly kept the IOC informed, made suggestions and been part of the decision-making at the highest level through our Chair.

In this respect, we encourage all athletes and athlete representatives to continue to share your feedback with us (directly in our app or through athlete365@olympic.org) and ask any questions you might have, as we strive to represent and support you in the best way we can.

We believe the confirmation of the new dates will give you much-needed certainty and allow you to focus on your health and safety, as well as the health of the wider community. Additionally, having the Games in the summer period maximises the opportunity for all athletes, regardless of their country, to have the best possible preparation ahead of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

We also very much welcome the confirmation from the IOC that:

  1. Athletes who have already qualified for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will remain qualified, and their quota places remain secured.
  2. All Olympic Solidarity programmes related to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will be extended into 2021. It is important to note that more than 1,600 athletes from 185 NOCs have benefited from these scholarships.
  3. The heat countermeasures agreed and tested between the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, the IOC and the International Federations (IFs) to protect athletes from heat and adverse weather conditions will be fully replicated in 2021.

As announced in our last statement, we have increased our resources on the Athlete365 platform to better support you in these difficult times.

We remain committed to:

  1. Updating you on any further developments regarding the Games and qualification systems; and
  2. Enhancing the resources and information available to you on Athlete365, including advice on athlete training and preparation, and mental and physical health; and anti-doping information and updates from the IFs, WADA and the ITA.

We also want to thank the International Federations for their flexibility and support, along with the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and the Japanese Government for making the new dates possible.

We know so many of you are facing an incredibly challenging time, both with your personal and sporting lives. We believe that, when we all come together in 2021, it will be an extra-special celebration of sport and humanity uniting after such a difficult time for all.

Stay Strong, Stay Safe, Stay Healthy

The IOC Athletes’ Commission