IOC Athletes’ Commission meeting outcomes

Date – 12 September

 

On 12 September, the IOC Athletes’ Commission held a meeting in Lima ahead of the IOC Session. During this meeting, members covered the following topics:

  1. IOC Executive Board meeting debrief
  2. Anti-doping and medal reallocation
  3. 2017 8th IOC International Athletes’ Forum
  4. Charter of Athlete Rights and Responsibilities

IOC Executive Board meeting debrief:

Prior to the Commission meeting, the IOC Executive Board approved the IOC Athletes’ Commission Strategy with unanimous support. The Chair of the IOC Athletes’ Commission, Angela Ruggiero then presented this to the IOC membership during the IOC Session in Lima.

The full Strategy is now available to view *here* and the IOC Athletes’ Commission welcome any questions or feedback from the athlete community and the Olympic Movement. You can contact the Commission by emailing athletes@olympic.org.

The outcomes of the IOC Athletes’ Commission meeting:

Anti-Doping and medal reallocation:

  • Commission members got an update from the IOC Medical and Scientific Director on the status of the PyeongChang 2018 anti-doping programme.

 

  • The Commission members agreed that once the work of the two IOC Commissions looking into the situation in Russia is finalised and facts are provided, they would work with the IOC Executive Board on the appropriate sanctions for athletes, entourage and organisations involved.

 

  • The Commission have established a working group composed of Danka Bartekova, Adam Pengilly and Sarah Walker to develop a recommendation for the IOC Executive Board relating to medal reallocation. This recommendation will specifically outline principles for National Olympic Committees to follow when relocating medals. This recommendation will be shared with the worldwide network of Athletes’ Commissions during their video conference on 5 October for their feedback.

2017 8th International Athletes’ Forum:

  • The programme for the 2017 8th IOC International Athletes’ Forum being held from 11 – 13 November was discussed. The Commission agreed the focus of the Forum would be on seeking
    • feedback from the community of athlete representatives, and
    • to inform and educate them about athlete support and their role as an athlete representative.

 

This bi-annual event brings together athlete representatives from across the Olympic Movement, including those from International Federations, the Association of National Olympic Committees, Organising Committees for the Olympic Games, the World Anti-Doping Agency and the International Paralympic Committee.

Charter of Athlete Rights and Responsibilities:

 

  • Tony Estanguet (Vice-Chair) is leading a working group to develop a Charter of Athlete Rights and Responsibilities.

 

This Charter will address the rights and responsibilities of all athletes (Olympic and non-Olympic) as well as the rights and responsibilities of the organisations.

 

To ensure the effectiveness, full buy-in and to guarantee the positive impact, the development of this Charter will include a large and comprehensive consultation with:

  • All Athletes’ Commissions globally,
  • Direct engagement and feedback from athletes; and
  • All stakeholders within the Olympic Movement.

 

The Charter will also be discussed with athlete representatives during the 2017 8th IOC International Athletes’ Forum in November.

The full Strategy is now available to view here and the IOC Athletes’ Commission welcome any questions or feedback from the athlete community and the Olympic Movement. You can contact the Commission by emailing athletes@olympic.org