The IOC Athletes’ Commission (AC) Chair updates athletes on the development of the new AC Strategy ahead of the IOC Session in Lima (Peru)

Dear Athletes,

Welcome to the first installment of a regular monthly column set to update you on our key areas of focus throughout the year, and how these are helping us strengthen the athlete voice within the Olympic Movement. This column also acts as our commission’s outreach and we hope that you’ll take the time to feedback, ask questions and raise any concerns that you feel should be addressed.

It’s all about strategy

Through Olympic Agenda 2020, the IOC has significantly strengthened its support to athletes, and it is now our aim to build upon this and the great work of former IOC Athletes’ Commissions.

When I was elected Chair in Rio de Janeiro, I wanted to take a step back, create focus and set direction for the commission, to guide our work for the coming years . That is what I have focused most of my energy on.

We started to define this new strategic direction back in November, and since then we have reached out to athletes’ commission members from Continental Associations, International Federations and many other stakeholders within the Olympic Movement. The development of the Strategy, has been a collective effort, involving in-depth research, conference calls and vital input and support from the worldwide network of athletes’ commissions.

In July, we held a joint meeting with the IOC Executive Board to discuss the development and implementation of our Strategy, and this month at the IOC Executive Board meeting in Lima (11-12 September) I’ll formally present the final version for approval.

Empower, Support, Promote, Represent

Our Strategy contains four key pillars: Empower, which relates to strengthening athlete participation in the Olympic Movement decision-making process through a worldwide network of effective athletes’ commissions; Support, which refers to our aim to equip athletes with the tools they need to develop their sporting and non-sporting careers; Promote, which will demonstrate the value of athlete involvement in decision-making across the Olympic Movement; and Represent, which aims to ensure that the viewpoint of athletes is represented in all Olympic Movement stakeholders. Each of these pillars will be addressed in more detail in future columns.

Between now and Lima, we’ll be fine-tuning the messaging around the Strategy and developing a communications plan, so that the maximum number of athletes can see it, understand it and engage with it, which is really important for us. Watch this space for more in the coming days!

Get in touch
In the meantime, please feel free to contact us by sending an email to with any suggestions you may have with regard to our work and where our priorities should lie.

In Olympic spirit,

Angela Ruggiero