Athletes in focus at IF Forum 2019

“Athlete-Centred Sport” has been unveiled as the theme of the IF Forum 2019, which takes place in Lausanne from 28 to 30 October, and brings together sports leaders from around the world to explore the game-changing benefits of placing athletes at the heart of their strategies.

  • Over 200 sports leaders will come together in October to discuss the benefits of “Athlete-Centred Sport” and the value of the athlete voice
  • Safeguarding, welfare and financial well-being are among the topics that will take centre stage in Lausanne
  • The IOC Athletes’ Commission will be represented at the Forum, by Vice-Chair Danka Bartekova, one of the speakers

What is it?

The IF Forum 2019, organised by SportAccord and supported by the IOC to tackle global matters related to the Olympic Movement, will bring together more than 200 leaders from over 100 International Federations (IFs) from 28 to 30 October in Lausanne.

What’s the aim?

IF representatives will come together in an intimate environment with the aim of strengthening links, allowing for a greater understanding of their key role in supporting athletes and the benefits of “Athlete-Centred Sport”, which has been announced as the theme for this year’s event – building on the success and momentum of the 2019 International Athletes’ Forum.

Safeguarding, the protection of clean athletes, athlete welfare, financial well-being and improving opportunities for the athletes’ voice to be heard will all be discussed at the annual three-day event during conference sessions, workshops, keynotes and fireside chats.

Athlete involvement

The athletes’ voice will be represented by IOC Athletes’ Commission Vice-Chair Danka Bartekova, who is a speaker at the Forum.

“It’s great to see the Olympic Movement is continuing its commitment to putting athletes first,” she said. “The athletes’ voice deserves to be heard, and we are excited by the developments that will see us take centre stage in all aspects of sport.”

IOC Sports Director Kit McConnell added: “We have seen the Olympic Movement not only recognise the value of the athlete voice, but also increasingly bring athlete representation into the core of its decision-making structures in order to shape the future of sport. This has mirrored the increased focus of all partners in supporting athletes on and off the field of play.

“Placing athletes at the centre of this year’s IF Forum reinforces this focus and, in line with Olympic Agenda 2020, ensures that we keep athletes at the heart of the Olympic Movement and build on other key steps such as the launch of the Athletes’ Declaration, the recent International Athletes’ Forum and the ongoing work of the IOC Athletes’ Commission.”

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