From 11 to 13 November, more than 80 athlete representatives from around the world will gather at The Olympic Museum in Lausanne, for the eighth edition of the IOC International Athletes’ Forum. Here’s everything you need to know.
Once every two years, the IOC Athletes’ Commission (AC) hosts the IOC International Athletes’ Forum in Lausanne, providing athletes with a platform to exchange ideas and best practices, and to discuss topics important to them.
This week, representatives from International Federations (IFs), Continental Associations, Organising Committees for the Olympic Games (OCOGs), the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the World Olympians Association (WOA) will attend three days of discussions and break-out sessions, framed around the four pillars of the IOC AC’s new “All In” Strategy and designed to strengthen the voice of the athletes within the Olympic Movement.
As the latest and most important step in the strengthening of the global network of athletes’ commissions, this year’s Forum aims to inform athletes about the IOC Athletes’ Commission and the new Strategy; to consult athletes on key issues such as anti-doping and athletes’ rights; and to empower athletes’ commissions and their chairs – at all levels – to become effective leaders.
Tackling key issues
The event begins with an inclusive Q&A session with IOC President Thomas Bach – who was a member of the first-ever IOC Athletes’ Commission – to address pressing topics such as anti-doping, preparations for the upcoming Olympic Winter Games, and the Charter of Athlete Rights and Responsibilities. Athletes, under the lead of IOC AC Chair Angela Ruggiero, will then discuss anti-doping with a panel that includes IOC Medical and Scientific Director Richard Budgett and representatives from WADA and the newly established Independent Testing Authority. Key talking points will include the roles and responsibilities of athlete representatives in the fight against doping, and medal reallocation principles.
With the first meeting of the Steering Committee of the Charter of Athlete Rights and Responsibilities also taking place on the opening day, day two of the Forum will provide an opportunity for participants to delve further into the new IOC AC Strategy. Presentations and workshops will address the Commission’s role with athletes, and specifically two key responsibilities: to empower athlete participation in Olympic Movement decision-making processes, and to support athlete development in their sporting and non-sporting careers. As part of this, athletes will be introduced to Athlete365 – the exciting new platform that unites all of the IOC’s athlete-focused programmes under one brand.
The most engaged International Athletes’ Forum ever
The final day of the Forum will build upon these themes by hosting discussions and interactive sessions about ways in which to promote athlete involvement within the Olympic Movement, before a reflection on everything achieved over the three days. But it is not just athletes in Lausanne who can participate. In the build-up to and during the Forum, you can get involved too by submitting questions to speakers or representatives, which will either be put forward during the opening and closing Q&A sessions, or answered online. And you can also stay updated by checking out our daily reports from the Forum on the Olympic Athletes’ Hub, and by engaging with us on Twitter using the hashtag #athlete365.
To view the full programme and list of participants for the 8th IOC International Athletes’ Forum, visit https://www.olympic.org/athlete365/international-athletes-forum/