About

The Athletes’ Rights and Responsibilities Declaration (Athletes’ Declaration) is a historic athlete-driven initiative. Developed by athletes and for athletes through a worldwide consultation process; led by a 19-strong athlete representative Steering Committee.

Athletes' Rights and Responsibilities Declaration

Empower Athletes

The Athletes’ Declaration was developed to benefit Athletes globally. Athletes are at the heart of sport, and we wanted to continue our drive to strengthen support to them by making sure their voice is heard.

Tackle key issues

In collaboration with the athlete community, the project tackles the most relevant issues they face today, including integrity and clean sport, governance and communication, careers and marketing, safeguarding and competition.

Shape the future

This was an unparalleled opportunity to define and address the most important conversations athletes face in sport.

Athletes’ Rights
This Declaration aspires to promote the ability and opportunity of athletes to:
1

Practise sport and compete without being subject to discrimination on the basis of race, colour, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other immutable status.

2

Be part of a transparent, fair and clean sporting environment, particularly one that fights against doping and competition manipulation, and provides for transparent judging/refereeing, selection and qualification processes, and appropriate competition schedules, including training schedules at such competitions.

3

Access general information on athlete and competition-related matters in a timely and clear manner.

4

Access education on sports-related matters as well as to work or study while actively training and competing, should the athlete choose to do so and where practicable.

5

Leverage opportunities to generate income in relation to their sporting career, name and likeness, while recognising the intellectual property or other rights, rules of the event and of sports organisations as well as the Olympic Charter.

6

Fair and equal gender representation.

7

The protection of mental and physical health, including a safe competition and training environment and protection from abuse and harassment.

8

Elected athlete representation within sporting organisations of the Olympic Movement.

9

Report unethical behaviour without fear of retaliation.

10

Privacy, including protection of personal information.

11

Freedom of expression.

12

Due process, including the right to a fair hearing within a reasonable time by an independent and impartial panel, the right to request a public hearing and the right to an effective remedy.

Athletes’ Responsibilities
This Declaration encourages athletes to:
1

Uphold the Olympic values and adhere to the Fundamental Principles of Olympism.

2

Respect the integrity of sport and compete as a clean athlete, in particular by not doping and not manipulating competitions.

3

Act in accordance with the IOC Code of Ethics and be encouraged to report unethical behaviour, including instances of doping, competition manipulation, prohibited discrimination and abuse and harassment.

4

Comply with applicable national laws, and the rules of the qualification processes and competitions, of the sport, and of the relevant sporting organisation, as well as the Olympic Charter.

5

Respect the rights and well-being of, and not discriminate against, other athletes, their entourage, volunteers and all others within the sporting environment, and refrain from political demonstration in competitions, competition venues and ceremonies.

6

Respect the solidarity principle of the Olympic Movement, which allows assistance and support to be provided among athletes and members of the Olympic Movement.

7

Act as a role model, including by promoting clean sport.

8

Inform themselves and be aware of their responsibilities.

9

Participate in hearings when requested to do so and provide truthful testimony in such proceedings.

10

Participate and vote in athlete representatives’ elections.

Athlete Declaration Panel at the IOC Athletes' Forum 2019
Testimonials
It’s essential that Athletes not only have a voice, but also take part in the decision-making process, especially in Africa, so we can achieve higher results and have higher standards and better conditions for Athletes to stay on our continent and contribute to developing more sports.
It’s all Athletes joined together to create a document that represents all our voices and allows us to feel supported.
I think this is a fantastic opportunity for Athletes to share their voice and make their voices heard, resulting in a set of key principles to help Athletes understand their rights, roles and responsibilities in the world of elite sport.