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19 Jun 2006
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IOC Athletes’ Commission turns 25

The IOC Athletes’ Commission is meeting in Lausanne for three days of activities that will mark the 25th anniversary of its creation. Past commission members have also made the trip to celebrate the anniversary with the current members.

Meetings and Sporting Activities
The Athletes’ Commission meetings kick off this afternoon and will conclude with a joint meeting with the IOC Executive Board on Wednesday. The three days will also be punctuated with fun sporting activities as two teams made up of a mix of Commission members and IOC staff meet for a football friendly to be played this afternoon.

25 years of Activity
Created on 27 October 1981, the Athletes' Commission is the link between active athletes and the IOC. It is composed of 19 members which include active and retired athletes. Twelve athletes are elected for eight years by the athletes competing at the Olympic Games and seven are appointed by the IOC President to ensure a fair balance in terms of gender, sports and regions. The Commission holds at least one meeting each year and meets regularly with the IOC Executive Board, to which it issues recommendations.

WADA Support
The Athletes' Commission has also actively participated in the work leading to the creation of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and is represented within all bodies of the Agency. The Commission supports and is participating in the implementation of a voluntary doping passport for athletes, developed by WADA. It warns athletes against the risks linked to the use of nutritional supplements, and campaigns for the international harmonisation of rules regarding the labeling of these products.


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