Welcoming two new members to the Athletes’ Declaration Steering Committee

Ever since the adoption of the Athletes’ Rights and Responsibilities Declaration at the IOC Session in Buenos Aires in October 2018, a Steering Committee has been responsible for advising on its implementation within International Federations (IFs) and National Olympic Committees (NOCs). Recently, two new positions for IF athletes’ commission chairs became available to complement and add fresh ideas to the Steering Committee’s existing membership.

  • Tim Lodge and Douwe de Vries become the two newest members of the Athletes’ Declaration Steering Committee.
  • Tayyab Ikram also replaces Koji Murofushi as the Olympic Council of Asia Athletes’ Commission representative on the Steering Committee.
  • The Committee will continue to advise on the implementation and adoption of the Athletes’ Declaration around the world.

The Steering Committee
As they join the Athletes’ Declaration Steering Committee (SC), Tim Lodge and Douwe de Vries, Chairs of the Athletes’ Commissions of the ICF and the ISU respectively, become the 18th and 19th members of the Committee.

The SC is responsible for providing input and advice on implementing the Athletes’ Declaration, as well as engaging with Olympic Movement stakeholders to evaluate the Declaration’s impact. This latest phase of the project is looking to champion the implementation, including collating best practices, supporting engagement and developing review methods.

What they say
Tim, of Great Britain, has a strong history of athlete representation, having been an athlete representative with British Canoeing and a member of the British Athletes’ Commission, then on the chair the ICF Athletes’ Commission.

On his appointment, Tim said: “I am really pleased to be appointed as a member of the Athletes’ Declaration Steering Committee, to work to ensure that all athletes are given the support and protection they deserve. To have the opportunity to share my views and input at this level is a real honour, and is something that I am very much looking forward to.”

To have the opportunity to share my views and input at this level is a real honour, and is something that I am very much looking forward to

Douwe, of the Netherlands, is a long track speed skater who has won several medals at the World Single Distances Championships throughout his career. He is also the speed skating representative and chair of the ISU Athletes’ Commission.

Douwe commented: “In my Athletes’ Commission, we are currently working on a lot of issues that are mentioned in the Athletes’ Declaration. The Declaration provides us with more topics to work on to develop sport, and I am looking forward to contributing to it.”

The Athletes’ Declaration
The Athletes’ Declaration covers various topics, including integrity, anti-doping, governance, discrimination and much more, but its main objective is to protect the rights of athletes, with the SC guiding its direction.

In addition to the two new appointments to the SC, Tayyab Ikram will replace Koji Murofushi as the Olympic Council of Asia Athletes’ Commission representative within the Steering Committee.

To view the full composition of the Athletes’ Declaration Steering Committee, click here

Name Organisation Sport Country
Sarah Walker, Chair International Olympic Committee  Cycling  New Zealand 
Davide Benetello World Karate Federation  Karate Italy
Chantal Brunner World Olympians Association Athletics New Zealand 
Kirsty Coventry International Olympic Committee  Aquatics Zimbabwe
Marsha Cox International Hockey Federation Hockey  South Africa 
Heather Daly-Donofrio International Golf Federation  Golf  USA 
Douwe de Vries International Skating Union Speed Skating Netherland
Lenka Dienstbach-Wech World Rowing Federation Rowing Germany 
Penny Heyns International Swimming Federation Aquatics  South Africa 
Tayyab Ikram Olympic Council of Asia Hockey Pakistan
Gerd Kanter  European Olympic Committees Athletics Estonia
Hannah Kearney International Ski Federation  Skiing  USA
Karo Lelai Oceania National Olympic Committees Basketball Papua New Guinea
Tim Lodge International Canoe Federation Canoe Great Britain
Alexandra Orlando Pan American Sports Organisation Gymnastics Canada
Rozle Prezelj  International Association of Athletics Federation Athletics Slovenia 
Koen Ridder Badminton World Federation  Badminton Netherlands
Enee Udo-Obong Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa Athletics Nigeria
Peter van Wees Independent Independent  Netherlands