On 5 October, a video conference was held with the worldwide network of athletes’ commissions. Since the start of 2017, the IOC Athletes’ Commission has hosted regular video conferences with athletes’ commissions to increase their support and to facilitate regular communication and collaboration.
As part of the video conference, the Charter of Athlete Rights and Responsibilities was introduced to the network of athletes’ commissions by IOC Athletes’ Commission member Kirsty Coventry. It was highlighted that the Charter was first proposed and introduced by the WADA AC at the Agency’s symposium in March 2017. Since then, the IOC AC and WADA AC have discussed how best to coordinate development of the Charter.
The project, which is being developed over the coming months, will be coordinated by the IOC Athletes’ Commission and will address the rights and responsibilities of all athletes, as well as the rights and responsibilities of organisations.
Topics to be included in the Charter are:
- Career transition and well-being
- Integrity and clean sport (anti-doping and competition manipulation)
- Sports competition
This Charter will be developed in close collaboration with all stakeholders. This consultation and stakeholders’ engagement will be carried out at three levels:
- Global network of athletes’ commissions
- Direct athlete engagement
- Olympic Movement stakeholders such as ANOC, IFs, IPC, WADA, WOA, etc.
The key outcomes of this discussion were:
- A Steering Committee will be established to oversee development of the project, coordinated by the IOC AC, and the following stakeholders will be invited to participate and contribute: athlete representatives from a number of summer and winter International Federations and one from each of the five Continental Associations, as well as representatives from WADA, IPC, WOA, professional unions and others stakeholders.
- Chairs from International Federations’ athletes’ commissions who wish to be considered as part of this Steering Committee should send their CV to Kaveh Mehrabi at firstname.lastname@example.org before Wednesday 18 October. The Steering Committee will be selected from this group, taking into consideration balance and diversity in gender, sports, regional and different age groups.
- The Steering Committee will also include representatives from other organisations to ensure a wide and global reach, and the IOC AC will be reaching out to them soon.
- The first meeting of the newly formed Steering Committee is planned during the IOC International Athletes’ Forum in Lausanne from 11 to 13 November.
- As part of the full consultation that will be undertaken with all stakeholders, a questionnaire is also being compiled, which will enable thousands of elite level athletes to share their views on this subject.