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International Athletes' Forum

17 Oct 2002
Olympic News

The International Athletes' Forum, organised by the IOC Athletes' Commission, will take place on 19-20 October at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne. It will bring Athletes' Commissions of International Sports Federations and of Continental Associations of the National Olympic Committees together for the first time to strengthen links between the various sporting bodies and establish a communication network between athletes and their representatives. International Federations which do not have an Athletes' Commission were also given the opportunity to send an athlete's representative.

As of today, 31 International Federations (out of the 35 Olympic International Federations) have confirmed the attendance of one athlete each as well as the Continental Associations of the five continents, which will send two athletes each.

During two days, well-known athletes such as Sergey Bubka (athletics), Chairman of the IOC Athletes' Commission, Frank Fredericks (athletics), Kip Keino (athletics), Pernilla Wiberg (alpine skiing), Yang Yang (short track speed skating) or Janet Evans (swimming), and personalities of the world of sports, will gather to discuss different themes including the fight against doping, self-marketing for athletes during and following their sports career, and integration of professional athletes in the Olympic Movement.

On Sunday afternoon, young promising athletes from local sporting clubs will be given the opportunity to meet with the athletes attending the Forum during a Q&A session.

Please note that this is not an open meeting.
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